Janet Jackson Visits Her Childhood Home in Indiana for First Time in 43 Years

ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 24: Janet Jackson attends the amfAR’s Cinema against the AIDS at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)

Forty-three years after she was last in her hometown of Gary, Indiana, Janet Jackson returned for the first time to the tiny white-sided house she and the rest of her famous family called home.

“When I saw the house … I just started crying,” she said Friday, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. “Me and my family are so blessed. I’m so thankful.”

Accompanied by brother Randy Jackson, Janet, 51, made the trip to Gary after a stop on her State of the World tour at the Allstate Arena near Chicago.

Taraji P. Henson, who films Empire in Chicago, posted a video as she was getting ready to attend the show.

“I can’t wait to see you,” said Henson, who plays Cookie Lyon on the hit show. “I’m going to scream ’til I’m hoarse. Cookie ain’t going to have no voice next Wednesday.”

Janet, the youngest of the famous Jackson family, lived with Michael Jackson, Randy and their six other siblings in the two-bedroom, one-story home at 2300 Jackson Street in Gary when the clan were children. The family moved out of the home when Janet was about 2 or 3 years old, she said.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Hilary Shenfeld