Life with la toya

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la toya jack­son’s no stranger to the spot­light. she’s part of show­biz’s first fam­ily – the jack­sons – and she’s been on stage and tv since she was 16. but 58-year-old la toya hasn’t had an easy life and she’s not afraid to open up about her strug­gles on life with la toya (2013-cur­rent).

her mom kather­ine was a je­ho­vah’s wit­ness and young la toya would join her mom as she went door to door, preach­ing the word of je­ho­vah. la toya says that this prac­tice helped her get over her ex­treme shy­ness. she wanted to be­come an at­tor­ney spe­cial­is­ing in business law. but after just a few months at col­lege in 1974, her dad joe in­sisted that la toya drop out and join the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. she posed top­less for play­boy mag­a­zine in 1989 and that same year was kicked out of the je­ho­vah’s wit­nesses. her con­trol­ling dad forced la toya to marry her then-man­ager jack gor­don in 1989. she ran out the chapel three times, only to be stopped by her body­guards each time. “there are some­things you have to do, even if you don’t want to,” she re­calls be­ing told. she asked for a di­vorce six months later, only to be bru­tally as­saulted by gor­don. soon after, he con­fis­cated her pass­port, moved her bank ac­counts to his name and banned her from con­tact­ing her fam­ily. she only man­aged to es­cape from gor­don in 1996 after he tried to force her to take part in pornog­ra­phy. she has a pho­bia of cats and once locked her­self in a car when a cat walked down the street. she has a milk­shake named after her at la dessert spot mil­lion of milk­shakes. the la toya jack­son shake has straw­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries, caramel, whipped cream and a flake choco­late. since film­ing the first sea­son of life with la toya, she’s got­ten en­gaged to the show’s pro­ducer jef­fre phillips. jef­fre popped the ques­tion in hawaii in au­gust 2013.

la toya Jack­son is one of the least fa­mous Jack­sons, but she’s

still known around the world.

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