For nearly five decades, La Toya Jackson and her family have been in the public eye, experiencing plenty of triumphs but also their fair share of tribulations.
The Jackson name has been associated with everything from Grammys to child abuse, and La Toya finally had enough of the fabrications being put out by the media. So she decided to do reality TV as a way to show the world the real La Toya.
"There’s such a misconception of our family," the 58-year-old shares exclusively with Closer. And for [viewers] to get to know you and know who you are, it’s so different for them."
The performer, who currently stars in her own show, Life with La Toya, reveals she often gets fans telling her, "‘You’re so different than I thought you were,’" after they see the show.
"People have their ideas, or they assume they know who you are or what you are, and you’re quite different than that," she says.
After initially resisting the idea of reality television for years, the producer was ultimately convinced by her mother, Katherine, to do a series.
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"My mother said, ‘Honey, go out there and show them who you are. They get it all wrong on television about our family, our entire family and let them see,’" La Toya tells Closer.
The recently engaged star reveals that out of everyone in their large family, her mother takes public criticism the hardest.
"Every time she turns on the television, she says, ‘I hear something about our family and it’s all lies. I get so tired of the lies.’ She [told me], ‘You go out there, you do a show, you tell people who you are.’"
As Life with La Toya wraps up its second season this summer, the "Just Wanna Dance" singer has no plans of slowing down. She's preparing for her upcoming wedding to business partner and best friend, Jeffre Phillips, and executive produced the documentary, Dancing in Jaffa.
"Music has never been my first love," La Toya tells Closer. "I love producing, I love being behind-the-scenes...this is my first love."
And her Fourth of July plans? A quiet but fun day at the beach. "I’m going to go to the beach and see the fireworks...And I usually take my nieces and nephews," she shares. "They love it."
Make sure to tune in to Life with La Toya, Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.
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