*Janet Jackson, who’s starring in “For Colored Girls” is opening up about her life as she promotes the film and her new book, “True You.” She told TV show “Extra” that her involvement with ex-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri was pivotal to her growth.

“My life didn’t change until I opened up and started to talk about it,” Jackson explained to “Extra,” adding, “It was my relationship with Jermaine. Up until that point I would still put on a pair of pants and if my butt looked too big, I didn’t want the pants, as much as I loved them. But it was nine years ago when he said ‘your butt’s fine the way it is’.”

She and Dupri split in 2009, but Jackson is “really grateful to him for showing me that side of myself.”