*LaToya Jackson is ready to give marriage another try after revealing that she is engaged to be married.
ABC News reports the singer/realty TV star will tie the knot with her longtime business manager, Jeffre Phillips. Jackson dropped the news of her engagement during an interview that aired Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” (Scroll down to see it.)
“Yes, I am. I’m engaged. And I’m excited about it,” she told ABC’s Abbie Boudreau. “Yes, I’m very much engaged … And it’s wonderful.”
News of the engagement opens a new chapter for Jackson, who has been single for nearly 20 years after an abusive marriage. Although the shadow of the past is there, Jackson believes she’s more than ready to finally move forward.
“I felt that I didn’t want to have anything to do with men or that they would control me… But things have changed,” she said. “And now I’m open.”
Jackson’s new engagement comes as she gears up for the second season of her reality show, “Living With Latoya.” Despite living a private life at one point, the 58-year-old entertainer s credits her mother with helping her have a change of heart.
“This is something that I feel like the world needs to know this,” said Jackson. “And when I first starting feeling this way is when, I guess, my brother (Michael Jackson) passed, because the world didn’t really know him the way we knew him … My mother goes, ‘Honey, this is the best thing you can do because people got it all wrong.’ Because they think we’re strange and we’re weird. And we’re just like anybody else.”
The second season of “Living With LaToya” premieres at 10 p.m.
June 7 on OWN.
Although Jackson and Phillips haven’t set a wedding date yet, ABC News notes that there already is talk of adopting.
“I’ve always wanted to be a mother, all my life,” Jackson said.