Peggy Caserta, 77, had an on-off relationship with Joplin, who was nicknamed “Pearl,” in San Francisco between 1966 and 1970. In 1970 she died, apparently from drug overdose. Peggy says she is not responsible for the death of her beloved. Caserta, who now lives in Louisiana, infamously revealed her romance with Joplin in her ghostwritten book Going Down With Janis, published 3 years after her death, but later she distanced herself from this work. Now, Caserta has spoken to Vulture about being Joplin’s lover, following the release of her second memoir I Ran Into Some Trouble earlier this month. Caserta, who met Joplin at a Big Brother and the Holding Company gig in San Francisco in November 1966, told the entertainment news site that the goal of the book was to rewrite her love story with Janis. She added that her friends fell out with her over the book, with some blaming her for Joplin’s death, but she claims that she loved her and she would never force her to do drugs, though she was also addicted. She also added that Joplin was not a stereotypical lesbian and she preferred to live a ‘straight life’. Joplin released two albums when she was the lead singer of rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She then left the band and put out two more albums: I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! in 1969, and Pearl, which was released four months after her death in 1971.