Here’s a glimpse of her love stories and giving birth at 50.
Janet Jackson had three failed marriages but is grateful to have a son to keep her strong and happy. Here’s a glimpse of her love stories and giving birth at 50.
Although known as Michael Jackson’s younger sister, Janet Jackson is a star in her own right, having sold six million copies of her “Control” album in 1986. She also made over five million sales when her hit “Rhythm Nation 1814” was released.
Janet’s career started at the tender age of seven alongside her family, but unlike her brothers, the artist was not groomed for success in the same way.
Janet Jackson during a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” (R) Wissam al Mana and Janet Jackson during the Giorgio Armani fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy.
Because of her father’s constant push, she released an album at 16, when she was not all that into the music scene. Two years later, she released her second album, “Dream Street” Although music eventually became her passion, there was something Janet wanted more – love. She said:
“I always wanted to find love.
Finally, it happened when she met James DeBarge in the ’80s. Their similar music background helped the pair connect, especially since DeBarge was making a name for himself with hits such as “Rhythm of the Night.”
The couple tied the knot in secret in 1984 but only lasted a year. According to Janet, her first husband’s drug use made him absent in her life. She said, as reported by Insider:
“There are a lot of nights that I would go searching the streets looking for him – eight o’clock in the morning, four o’clock in the morning.”
In fact, DeBarge left his bride alone in the hotel room for three hours after their wedding. “He said, “okay, I’ll be right back,” the pop icon recalled. “And I’m sitting in a hotel room in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by myself, just 18. And for three hours, he never came back.”
JANET’S SECOND MARRIAGE TO RENE ELIZONDO
Janet’s second serious relationship came when her longtime friend, Rene Elizondo, developed feelings for the singer. In a previous interview, as told by Index Articles, Janet recalled:
“When I first met him, I was going through so much, and I would call him, and I would cry on the phone. […] We were best friends. Then, when I was 20, it was the strangest thing when we started being attracted to each other.”
The couple tied the knot in 1991, after Elizondo’s proposal at the beach. At that time, Janet thought that he was the one she would spend the rest of her life with.
Unfortunately, their marriage lasted no longer than a decade after keeping their union a secret. Following their divorce, Elizondo’s lawyer, Manley Fried, challenged the validity and provisions of their prenuptial agreement. He said:
“We don’t have a set figure we’re seeking. We don’t have a full financial picture yet, but Rene is not looking to nickel and dime Janet to get what he’s entitled under the law.”
Janet also released a statement regarding their separation but initially denied that they were married under the la’w.
JANET’S RELATIONSHIP WITH JERMAINE DUPRI
Janet later fell in love with Jermaine Dupri, whom she met at a show. As Dupri recalled, Janet’s bodyguard stopped him from entering as part of the entourage, and the pop star had to vouch for him. It was during that time that their first conversations began.
Janet openly credited Dupri for showing her new things and thanked God that their paths crossed in this lifetime. Similarly, Dupri opened up about what he loved about Janet, such as her humor and personality.
Unfortunately, like Janet’s other relationships, theirs ended in separation. Dupri realized that marriage was not going to work for him, given the many things he still wanted to pursue in his life.
In fact, Janet called the police to check on her son, then one, while with his father.
Throughout their eight or nine-year relationship, the couple never lived together. According to Dupri, Janet was unwilling to live in Atlanta, while he was not ready to move to Malibu. Their reluctance to live under the same roof played a big part in their separation.
JANET’S THIRD MARRIAGE TO WISSAM AL MANA
In 2010, Janet met her third husband, Qatari billionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana, during Dubai’s Armani Hotel opening ceremony. Al Mana was born in the Middle East but moved to London when he was two.
At that time, Al Mana called the singer his “dream woman,” whom he was fortunate to have. In 2012, the couple quietly tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony.
Although low-key, their wedding reportedly cost $20 million after flying 500 guests to Doha, Qatar, for $3 million. It was also reported that guests would be given Rolex watches to thank them for their attendance.
“The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true,” the couple revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. They added:
“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.”