Janet Jackson seems to be the only sibling of the legendary star Michael Jackson with sufficiently true talent to succeed without her family name. She is a superstar, an activist, actress, songwriter, dancer and definitely one of the queens of R&B.
With a career spanning more than 30 years, the star has not only touched lives with her music but has also become a huge musical influence on other musical legends and actors. Despite this, she has kept her personal life a secret, raising curiosity among her fans on who she is currently dating. Well, here’s all the facts you need to know about the songstress.
Bio and Age of Janet Jackson
Janet was born on May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana. She is the youngest child of ten children of Katherine Esther and Joseph Walter Jackson which means she has nine siblings. Though large, her family was a lower-middle-class one that lived in Chicago. However, the entire family later moved to Los Angeles where all the siblings (seven boys and three girls) began building their musical careers.
Her brothers formed a musical group named Jackson 5 at a young age. But she wanted to be a horse racing Jockey or entertainment lawyer. She later became passionate about performing and decided to be one herself. Given her family’s performances, she was able to easily get a chance to perform at the MGM Casino on the Las Vegas Strip at age 7. This became the beginning of a wonderful career Janet Jackson has built today.
Currently, she is widely known as an icon for owning albums that break billboards, and pioneering videos. In fact, her fame rests on carefully produced music videos and songs. Needless to mention her outstanding creative skills.
Also, her remarkable acting skills can’t be overlooked. Janet Jackson appeared in her first movie in 1993 as a South Central L. A beautician Poetic Justice. Some of her television gigs include Good Times (1977) Diff’rent Strokes (1981) and Fame (1984).
Husband, Son, Daughter, Divorce
In the face of the massive stardom Janet Jackson’s family enjoys as one of the world’s most popular entertainment households, she is still somewhat private. And even with her independent career that is consistently successful, she has stayed down the earth and away from the prying eyes of the public particularly when it comes to revealing things about her personal life. But have this made the curiosity o people dwindle? Not at all. Given her celebrity status, people can’t run out of questions like who is she married to, what does he do and more. Here’s the answer if you’re one of those. She married Wissam Al Mana, a billionaire from Qatar in 2012.
Wissam is a businessman with conglomerates basically in the Middle East. He also helps manage his family business, AL mana Group alongside his two brothers. The company is a multi-national company with operations in eight countries. Also, it operates 55 companies and its dealings are in real estate, investments, food and beverage, media, technology, entertainment, automotive distribution, and services. The company represents big brands such as Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Balenciaga, Hermes, etc.
The two dated from 2002-2009 and got engaged in 2010. Their marriage seemed to be free of dramas but in 2017, it was revealed that they were separated and pursuing a divorce after having a son Eissa Al Mana that same year.
Janet Jackson’s marriage to Wissam Al Mana will make it the star’s third marriage. She was previously married to singer James Debarge in September 1984. The marriage lasted for just a year before it was annulled. She remarried dancer and director Rene Elizondo Jr. The marriage was a secret until their separation in 1999. In 2000 their separation became official as their divorce was finalized.
There have been rumors that Jackson has another child, a daughter whom she had with her first husband James DeBarge when she was 18. Her name is Tiffany Whyte and she has blamed Janet Jackson of abandoning her at her early age, leaving under the care of DeBarge’s mother. However, Janet and her representatives have chosen not to comment on this, thus there isn’t a way to verify these claims.
Nothing seems more rewarding than getting the result of your hard work especially when it comes both financially and with recognition. This is just the story of Janet Jackson who has over the years gathered a ton of money from her works in the music industry. She has had many successful tours and her double contracts with Virgin Records has also won her the enviable title; the highest paid recording artist in history twice. Though she isn’t a billionaire, her net worth is massive and is estimated at $175 million.
Janet Jackson is not Shaq when it comes to height. She is only 5 feet 4 inches and weighs 58kg. But of course, size doesn’t matter. Her achievements have compensated for whatever she lost in height.