La Toya Says She Did A Reality Show To Prove The Jacksons Aren’t Strange, Crazy, Or Odd

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La Toya Jackson knows you think her family is crazy. But that’s just one misconception she’s trying to clear up in her new reality series on OWN, “Life with La Toya.” In the show, we see the middle Jackson child take on dating, adoption and navigating life as a youthful-seeming 56-year-old woman — not as the older sister of the late Michael Jackson. That’s not to say she doesn’t acknowledge some of the more absurd drama to have emerged from her famous family. The first episode, which premiered last Saturday to a respectable 1.5 million viewers, addressed her mother Katherine Jackson’s mysterious disappearance last fall and La Toya’s reluctance to attend a memorial for her brother. In advance of Episode 2, airing tomorrow at 10:30/9:30c., we talked to La Toya about her dating life, Prince Jackson and why she can’t stop painting her toenails in rainbows.

We’re sure you’ve been offered a number of television gigs in the past. Why do a reality show now?

Everybody in the media, they get everything wrong when it comes to the Jacksons, all these different misconceptions of our family and who we are and what we do. We’re constantly looking at things on television and going “That’s not true” and the world starts believing it. And then it snowballs and [there are] made-up stories and a lot of times there are a lot of lies. So I decided, let me go for it, let me do my show and show them who we are, who I am, and then let them judge from that point onward.

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