Janet Jackson, 50, one of the most successful female singers of all times, married billionaire husband Wissam Al Mana, 42, a Qatari national in 2012. This was her third marriage. The two have a son Eissa born this year. Their 5-year old marriage broke down right after the birth of Eissa in January 2017.
Janet Jackson, the doting sister of the King of the Pop, the legendary Michael Jackson married Wissam in a quiet ceremony. When the news of an extravagant marriage broke out, Janet Jackson released a statement saying that:
“The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children’s charities. We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy. With love, Wissam and Janet”
They met after the sad and untimely demise of Michael Jackson in 2009 which had left her broken-hearted.
The Qatari businessman swept her off her feet and soon, the temptress, known for the infamous ‘Nipplegate,’ abandoned her bold lifestyle to settle down as his demure wife in the Middle East. It is not that the press didn’t know that something was wrong; there were gossips around, that not all was well and the marriage wasn’t the ‘fairytale’ that was being out to be for the press.
What went wrong in the marriage?
Janet Jackson has remained silent on her marriage and what led to its termination. But her brother Steven Randall Randy Jackson revealed some shocking details to the People which can show the pain that Janet felt in her marriage:
A special message from Janet for her fans. pic.twitter.com/VXa6h25ksK
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) May 2, 2017
He said that she suffered verbal abuse and felt like ‘a prisoner in her home and that ‘there’s a lot of pain. Janet’s been through a lot with her divorce. I’ve been through a lot, we all have.
He described her situation as being abusive and told the magazine:
“It came on later in the relationship, verbal abuse and being [made to feel like] a prisoner in her own home. No pregnant woman needs to go through being called a bitch everyday. There were things like that. That’s what she went through.”
The protective brother advised Janet Jackson, who once famously dissed the Queen of the Pop-Madonna at the peak of her stardom, said:
“I told her (that) you’ve got to move in with me or I’m going to go over there and there’s going to be hell.’ She was really pissed off. I told her, ‘I don’t care anymore. I’m tired of it. It’s too much.”
Even the other members of her family knew of the abuse and the situation that Janet Jackson was in.
There are reports that have emerged that state that Janet was resisting pressure from her Muslim husband to convert to Islam and his desire to make her an obedient wife respectful to the Islamic culture.
Celebrityinsider quotes an insider stating that:
“She (Janet Jackson) thought he had become too controlling during the pregnancy and she had already allowed him to dictate her appearance and even the way she performed at concerts.”
The report further stated that:
“Wissam is said to have wanted a traditional wife who stuck with Muslim traditions. Janet felt like she could not be herself anymore. The restrictions flowed into her career as well. Though she canceled her Unbreakable World Tour in April 2016 to focus on her pregnancy, Janet felt like her music was suffering, and she resented Wissam. She could not settle down and be what he wanted. She put her foot down and said no. Janet wanted to get her life back.”
We hope Janet Jackson and her ex-hubby are able to resolve their differences and be able to bury their pain.