Record company bosses attempted to persuade Janet Jackson not to release her version of Rod Stewart's TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT because they feared it would make fans think she was a lesbian.

The pop superstar refused to change to lyrics of the original when she included it on her THE VELVET ROPE album because she thought the idea of her singing a sexy song to another girl would appeal to her gay fans.

But record company bosses feared they'd be a homophobic backlash against the singer.

She recalls, "The record company tried to talk me out of it because it's directed toward a girl.

"I love the song the way it is, and it's reality for as lot of people."

04/10/2004 21:05