Singer-actress Janet Jackson, one of the Jackson family musical brood and sister of the late superstar Michael Jackson, is now a mother, at age 50.
“Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana are thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world,” Jackson’s representative told People magazine in a statement. “Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably.” The boy was born Tuesday.
In April, Jackson had spawned pregnancy rumors when she announced in a Twitter video that she was postponing her concert tour because of “a sudden change” and that she and her husband “are planning our family.” She added, “I have to rest up; doctor’s orders.” Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour began Aug. 31, 2015.
The singer confirmed in October that she was expecting, providing People with a photo of her pregnant self and telling the magazine, “We thank God for our blessing.” Shortly before this she had been seen shopping for infant merchandise at London’s Back in Action furniture store.
Jackson wed Al Mana — a Qatari businessman whose Al Mana Group represents numerous luxury brands and has investments in media, real estate and other industries — in 2012, but kept the marriage, her third, unrevealed until the following year.
She has not commented on social media since Nov. 19, when she posted on Facebook and Twitter, “Hey you guys . . . It’s been awhile . . . but I’m still listening . . . I feel your love and prayers . . . Thank you . . . and I’m doing well . . . Al Hamdu lillah,” she concluded in Arabic, using what is generally spelled as the single word alhamdulillah, and which usually is translated as “Praise be to God” or “All praise is due Allah.”
Jackson has had numerous No. 1 albums since her third, “Control,” in 1986. Her most recent, “Unbreakable,” reached No. 1 in October 2015. She has won five Grammy Awards for her music and videos.