Monday, July 12, 2010 8:39pm ET by  

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Janet Jackson free to have toy boy

Janet Jackson says that she is free to have a toy boy as age is only ''where you are mentally and how you feel about yourself''.

The superstar has recently been linked to millionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana, who is almost a decade younger than herself.

Speaking about the criticism, she said, "It's horrible. It's really awful. And I have to believe it was a man that started that."

Jackson added, "There comes a time when you don't give a 'F' what people say or think. You just do your thing because it's finally about you and not in a selfish way but in a great way." 

Watch Janet behind the scenes of her Essence Magazine photo shoot: