Janet Jackson cried when she returned to the stage for the first time since her father Joe Jackson died at the age of 89 following a pancreatic cancer fight on June 27.
During her appearance at the Essence Festival 2018 in New Orleans on Sunday, the 52-year-old singer shared an emotional homage with her deceased father, admitting she was considering canceling the show.
"To be honest, it was really hard for me, it's always difficult when you lose a loved one, I did not know what to do, I did not know how to get on with this festival or cancel the entire tour, "she told the crowd. "I talked to my brother and we started talking about my father's strength, he was very strong, we would not have this success without his drive, his strength, we are a black family who came from Gary, Indiana and we've broken all sorts of records around the world, that's the truth. "
Janet continued," My father was a great man, and my brother asked me, "If he listened here, what would he say to you ? "And I think my dad would have said," Janet, please. Finish what you started. And I will be with you every step of your heart. "So here I am."
Janet pointed to the sky and said, "I love you so much, this is for you."
With the song "Together Again," the star of the crowd said, "My dad wants to celebrate his life I'll do it all with you now. "
Throughout the song, a montage of photos with Joe appeared on the screens.