New mother Janet Jackson stated publicly for the first time Tuesday that she has separated from her husband, while also announcing she is resuming the concert tour she put on hold last year. Under a new title, the revived tour includes stops at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Newark’s Prudential Center.
“Yes, I separated from my husband,” Jackson, 50, one of the Jackson musical family and sister of the late superstar Michael Jackson, said in a Twitter video. “We are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.” Her representative had confirmed on April 6 that Jackson and third husband Wissam Al Mana were separating.
Jackson then announced, “I’m continuing my tour as I promised,” adding, “I decided to change the name of the tour to the State of the World Tour. It’s not about politics,” she assured. “It’s about people, the world, relationships and just love.”
The 56-city tour runs Sept. 7 to Dec. 17, promoter Live Nation said Tuesday, with Jackson performing Nov. 15 at Barclays and Nov. 19 at Prudential. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
“The State of the World tour is a continuation of the Unbreakable tour,” the company confirmed, and said tickets for postponed and rescheduled Unbreakable shows will be honored at the new dates. The concerts will include songs from the album “Unbreakable” as well as “an array of her socially conscious music” and as-yet-unreleased new tracks.
Five-time Grammy Award-winner Jackson wed third husband Al Mana, a Qatari billionaire, in 2012 but kept the marriage unrevealed until the following year. In April 2016, she spawned pregnancy rumors after announcing she was taking time off from her tour because of “a sudden change” and that she and her husband “are planning our family” and “I have to rest up; doctor’s orders.”
The couple’s son Eissa — the Arabic form of Jesus — was born Jan. 3. “I thank God for him, you guys,” she said on the Twitter video. “He is so healthy, so beautiful, so sweet, so loving, such a happy baby. It’s my Eissa,” she cooed. “My Eissa.”