In 1966, after her mother became a Jehovah's Witness, La Toya and all her siblings were indoctrinated in the religion. She then was shunned in 1987.
La Toya Jackson was mentioned several times as being the subject of Ron Johnson's fantasies on the NBC sitcom A Different World.
La Toya Jackson is referred as the "Black Death" in the South Park episode "It Hits The Fan".
La Toya has a fear of cats because a when she was a child one of her relatives was attacked by a cat.
In 1991, La Toya released her autobiography titled La Toya: Growing up in the Jackson Family. The book generated numerous controversies as she revealed that her and sister Rebbie were sexually abused by their father. Rebbie Jackson denied the allegations.
In 1989, La Toya was convinced by her husband to pose nude for Playboy magazine. Her first cover and nude pictorial sold over 8 million copies, making it one of the best selling issues in Playboy's history. In 1991, she appeared once again in the magazine to promote her autobiography.
Latoya was the first Jackson sister to start a solo career. Her first album was released in 1980.
Discography: La Toya Jackson (1980), My Special Love (1981), Heart Don't Lie (1984), Imagination (1986), La Toya (1988), Bad Girl (1989), No Relations (1991), Formidable (1992), From Nashville to You (1992), Stop in the Name of Love (1994), Startin' Over (Soon to be released).
Being part of the Jackson family, Latoya's siblings include Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.
She shares the same birth date than her older sister, Rebbie Jackson. They were both born on the 29th of May, making LaToya exactly 6 years younger.
She married her manager, Jack Gordon in September of 1989, but they divorced in 1997 because of his abusive behavior.
She's the fifth of nine children born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson.
While many people believe La Toya to be without a hit to her name, the fact remains that La Toya has had two Top 20 hits in Europe, "If You Feel The Funk" and "Sexbox". She has also appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 with her single "Heart Don't Lie" an uncredited duet with Shalamar's Howard Hewitt in 1984.
LaToya's song, Free The World, was inspired by the 9/11 attacks.
La Toya Jackson: (On homosexuality) When people are in love, I don't see anything wrong with it in the world. If they choose to live their lives and get married, why should we interfere? A lot of people don't agree with me, but that's how I feel.
La Toya Jackson: The Parisians are very open-minded people, much more so than Americans, and given my background that's very important to me.
La Toya Jackson: Now that [my autobiography] is out, I feel free - like a bird that's been let out of a cage. For the first time in my life, I feel free to live my life, my dreams.
La Toya Jackson: (About her family) I'll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future.
La Toya Jackson: (On her self-biography) People had this image of the Jacksons as the perfect American family and I destroyed that image. But what people have to understand is writing that book was very healing for me.
La Toya Jackson: I'm like a flower that's finally opening. I was a closed rose but now the rose is blossoming and I can finally discover who I am.
La Toya Jackson: Jack was a con man and a manipulator who constantly schemed and stalked me. Wanting proof of his death may sound paranoid. But when I finally ended our marriage, Jack told me I'd never escape him and he swore that someday he'd kill me!
La Toya Jackson: It's because of my fans, especially my gay fans because they tend to be a little more outspoken, that I have had the inspiration. I drew from that to say, 'I'm not letting anything stand in my way'. It's because of them that I'm Startin' Over.
La Toya Jackson: Subconsciously it (Playboy) was a test to see if my parents could love me as the woman I was now, not as the little girl they'd tried so hard to make.
Latoya: With Janet, I truly feel that it was an accident. I think it's totally unfair that Janet took the rap for it. I also think that it was totally blown out of proportion. You have to think about this, Janet didn't expose her breast. Justin did it.