The Jackson family tried to stop Michael Jackson's addiction to prescription drugs by staging interventions, Janet Jackson said on Good Morning America today.
"Of course, that's what you do," the youngest member of the Jackson family said in an interview. "Those are the things that you do when you love someone."
"You can't just let them continue on that way. We tried that more than a few times," says Janet, who laments that ultimately, "We weren't very successful."
The singer says Michael Jackson responded in a measured way to his family's attempts to help. "He understood that it was out of love, out of caring."
She refutes critics' claims that the family was naive about Michael's problems or enabled the icon. Nevertheless, she admits, "People can be in denial."
Janet Jackson continues to speak out about her brother's death.
When ABC's Robin Roberts went to ask a follow-up question about Michael being in denial, she replies, "I wish he could answer this question. And not me."
Jackson said she is a "big believer in the power of prayer, but that's something you can't do for them ... it's something they have to do for themselves."
Growing up, Janet says of her eight siblings, she was closest to "Mike." The last time they spent time together was "a few days before my birthday," May 16.
"We had a lot of fun laughing. He was cracking up ... Laughing at me."
Michael Jackson tragically passed away June 25. Earlier this week, Janet said she believes Dr. Conrad Murray should be held responsible for his death.
On a personal note, Janet also put the kibosh on rumors that she's getting back together with Jermaine Dupri, though the two remain very close.