Janet Jackson Splits From Billionaire Husband After 5 Years

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Janet Jackson may soon be crooning the words of Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley to Wissam Al Mana: “Thanks for my child.” The iconic pop star has reportedly split with her billionaire husband, just a few months after she gave birth to a little boy in January.


The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Jackson and hubby Al Mana decided to split because the Qatari businessman was supposedly very controlling, dictating her clothing, dance moves and appearances in public. The last straw, allegedly, was when the 41-year-old showed little to no concern about her mother Katherine Jackson’s reports of elder abuse.

Anyone who’s listened to Control knows Janet doesn’t play that.

Jackson postponed her Unbreakable world concert tour last spring, explaining, “My husband and I are planning our family.”


The two married in 2012, and Jackson reportedly converted to Islam. She gave birth to a son, Eissa (Jesus in Arabic), on Jan. 3 at the age of 50.

Al Mana is Janet’s third husband. She briefly married James DeBarge in the ’80s (that marriage was annulled) and wed Rene Elizondo Jr. in 1991.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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1. My mom broke this news to me. She texted and was like Janet Jackson just needed a seed! She is splitting from her husband. I about died. Who taught my mom to talk like that?! Seed?! The woman is in her late 60s lol. Then she started going on about Mel B. and her abusive husband. I really didnt know my mom was up on celebrity news like that! And on the Lord’s Day.

2. I hope Janet gets the happiness and peace she wants and deserves. Blessings to her and her baby.