JANET Jackson has claimed she was “blocked” from seeing her brother Michael while filming the Scream video.
The Rhythm Nation singer, 55, collaborated with The King of Pop in 1995 for their only duet together, where they attacked the cover of the allegations made against him.
However, Janet said Michael’s record company broke them up when they filmed the music video for their hit – thinking they “didn’t want her on set”.
She makes the reveal in a shocking self-titled four-parter due to air on Sky Documentaries and Now TV today.
She said being separated during production was “difficult” with Michael’s team, which even made it difficult for her to see him.
Filming for the music video was overrun and costs soared to $7 million. Of the shoot, she said, “It was his song and I was there to support him.
“Michael shot nights. I shot days. His record company was blocking his set so I couldn’t see what was going on,” Janet said.
She continued, “They didn’t want me on set.
“I felt like they were trying to make it very competitive between the two of us.”
She recalled how strained her relationship with the late star was after he rose to international stardom and said the incident only drove them further apart.
“It really hurt me because I felt like I was there to fight him, not fight him,” Janet added.
“I wanted it to feel like the good old days between him and me, and it didn’t. The good old days were long gone.”
In the same documentary, Janet said her superstar brother Michael shamed her in her youth, leaving her with painful body image issues.
She said: “There were times when Mike teased and insulted me. . . ‘Pig, horse, slaughter pig, cow’.
“He was laughing about it and I was laughing too, but there was somewhere deep inside me that it hurt.
“When someone tells you that you are too heavy, it affects you.”
The documentary series, which she spent five years making, reveals how she has struggled with her weight since the age of ten, when she landed the role of abandoned girl Penny on the American sitcom Good Times.
Janet explained, “I’m an emotional eater, so when I’m stressed or something is really bothering me, it comforts me.
“I did Good Times and that’s the start of having issues with the weight and the way I looked at myself.
“I was growing at a very young age and started getting chest and they were tying it down so I looked flatter.”
When asked if it would be different if she wasn’t in the public eye, she adds, “I probably would have ended up not having a problem.”
Despite the seven-year age gap between her and her older brother Michael and her comments about him, the pair were very close as children.
But she admits she and Michael, who died in 2009 aged 50, went their separate ways as they got older.
A few years later, his family tried to intervene in his life at their Las Vegas home, but he refused to listen.
Recalling the conversation with him, alongside his brothers from The Jackson 5, she says, “I said, ‘We wanted to talk about you guys going on tour again and if you could do that as brothers. I would be honored to open for you.
“He didn’t have much to say, he was distant. I was really upset.
“My family chartered a private jet and they came for surgery. It was a way for us to get closer again and he didn’t have it.
But she admits they had started breaking up years earlier, when Michael released his breakthrough hit album, Thriller, in 1982.
Janet, who was then starting her own lucrative music career, explains: “It was Thriller, that’s when everything started to change.
“I remember really liking the Thriller album but for the first time in my life I felt it was different between us, a change was happening.
“That’s when Mike and I started going our separate ways. He just wasn’t as fun as he used to be.
She went on to have a string of hugely successful albums and 17 Top Ten singles in the UK alone, including All For You and What Have You Done For Me Lately.