Missy Elliott took to Instagram for a special reason on Wednesday (June 8): to honor her longtime friend Janet Jackson. The pair have been close for over 24 years, and Missy wanted everyone to know how special the 56-year-old superstar is to her.
“For the last 2 years I’m sure like for many it was really emotionally draining,” Missy wrote. “Going from being outside to being isolated from family & friends. Well the other day @janetjackson & I was chopping it up on the phone & I spoke about how I missed everyone & how this year I wanted to make sure I see her & she casually said I’ll fly to where you are on the 5th. Well honestly I didn’t think much of it just because she is my friend for 24 years she is still Ms. Jackson if you NASTY & stay BOOKED & BUSY since 7 years old be VERY CLEAR.”
She continued, “But sure enough the 5th came & she text me & said I’m here. I began to tear up because she flew all the way from LONDON & spent two days with me & we cut up & laughed for 2 days straight! I sure needed that just to laugh & feel at peace. Jj I Love you til Earth is No More! You don’t have to sell another album you will always be THE ICONIC THE LEGENDARY THE FASHIONISTA MOTHA to me. Thank you for being a Freeeeeen.”
The pair have been a united front for years. They’ve recorded numerous hits together including 2001’s “Son of a Gun” and 2015’s “BURNITUP!” which they both have previously performed together.
This also isn’t the first time Missy has shown love for the pop icon. After Missy was presented with the Visionary Award at Essence’s Black Women In Music event in New York City in 2018, the rap legend used her speech to shout out Janet Jackson, and grew emotional as she spoke fondly of her friend.
“That was a surprise,” Missy said after receiving her award. “I’ve known Janet over a decade and this is not just someone I do music with. I can call Janet any time of night and she will listen. The times that I may have felt like giving up, she’s always gave me an encouraging word.”
Check out the full shout out below.
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