Singer Janet Jackson, one of the Jackson musical family and sister of the late superstar Michael Jackson, is separating from her husband, reported billionaire Wissam Al Mana. The couple had a child in January.
A representative for Jackson told ABC News on Sunday that the two are separating but not divorcing at this time. Jackson, 50, has not commented on social media.
The Grammy winner had 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 previously had been married at 18 to R&B singer James DeBarge, eloping in 1984. That union was annulled after eight months. On March 31, 1991, she married her songwriting partner, Rene Elizondo, but the two, who kept that marriage secret for years, separated in January 2000. Elizondo filed for divorce that May 31, and after lengthy settlement negotiations, the divorce was finalized on Oct. 15, 2003.
In April 2016, Jackson spawned pregnancy rumors when she announced in a Twitter video that she was taking time off from her Unbreakable world concert tour because of “a sudden change.” Jackson said she and her husband “are planning our family,” adding, “I have to rest up; doctor’s orders.”
She 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.” The couple’s son Eissa — the Arabic form of Jesus — was born Jan. 3. Despite her age, her representative assured in a statement that, “Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably.”
Jackson has had numerous No. 1 albums since her third, “Control,” in 1986. Her most recent, “Unbreakable,” reached No. 1 in October 2015.