Well, this is unsettling. Janet Jackson made a triumphant return to the stage with her State of the World show… and a triumphant return to her former, happier self. In May, the 51-year-old announced that she and her husband Wissam Al Mana were ending their five-year marriage. The couple’s split came four months after they welcomed their little boy, Eissa.
At the time, the singer confirmed that she and the Qatari-native had indeed called it quits on their relationship, sharing a video with fans: “I just want to keep it real for you guys for a second — yes I separated from my husband. We are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.”
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Following the separation, rumors circulated that Michael Jackson’s little sister had been unhappy for awhile. “She 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,” a source, who works closely with the couple, told Page Six. Now, new information has emerged detailing how Janet felt like a “prisoner” while she was with the billionaire.
Wissam is said to have wanted “a traditional wife who stuck with Muslim traditions,” one source told Us Weekly. “Janet felt like she couldn’t 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,” the insider continued, adding, “She couldn’t settle down and be what he wanted.” The mom-of-one decided enough was enough. “She put her foot down and said no. Janet wanted to get her life back.”
While the music legend hasn’t publically divulged the details surrounding the demise of her marriage, Janet’s brother Randy Jackson spoke to People magazine, reiterating allegations of abuse. “There’s a lot of pain,” he said. “Janet’s been through a lot with her divorce… It was quite an abusive situation. 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 b—h every day. There were things like that. That’s what she went through.”
Following his interview, Wissam’s attorney issued a statement, which read, “Mr. Al Mana is not going to dignify these particular and deeply hurtful allegations with a response. The breakdown of his marriage to Janet Jackson is a cause of great sadness to Mr. Al Mana, and it is the well-being and privacy of their son, Eissa, that remains his sole focus.” We hope these two can find a way to amicably co-parent their child.
This article was written by Chloe Lal, and originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.