Janet hit headlines in 2004 when her performance with Justin Timberlake ended with her infamous nipple flash when JT removed a piece of her costume to reveal her boob.
While it generated tons of publicity for Janet, it didn’t help 3T who had to defend Janet’s performance instead of focusing on their tour.
Things only went downhill from there, as 3T’s songs were dropped from radio playlists and sponsorship deals.
Taj told The Sun: ‘The media always has a field day with the Jackson name. It’s something you learn to live with, and the “Nipplegate” thing is a perfect example. My aunt got it bad, but Justin was perfectly fine. That’s just the way the world is for us.’
The Jackson name also hounded them in 2001 when they were prevented from releasing an album with Sony, who were in a legal battle with their uncle – Michael Jackson – at the time.
3T also suffered when Michael was arrested on child abuse charges, despite later being cleared.
‘It’s happened so many times’ Taj went on, ‘We finally got our album released but it was at the same time that Uncle Michael was on trial, and a lot of radio stations and press wouldn’t touch us.’
The trio – Taj, Taryll and TJ – became the second-biggest selling band in Europe in 1996 after The Spice Girls when their album Brotherhood sold three million copies.
Their attempt at regrouping was rocked by the news of Michael Jackson’s death, which happened on their first day of recording. They have dedicated their time to their family, which meant that the revival of their pop career was put on hold.
‘Since then, our focus has been on looking after our cousins. By doing Big Reunion, we can let our fans know why it’s taken so long. I don’t want to sound like we’re complaining. It is what it is.’
The Big Reunion returns on on February 6 at 9pm on ITV2.