3 Months After Baby, Janet Jackson, Hubby Split

Sources are conflicted on why divorce looms
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2017 9:41 AM CDT
Janet Jackson, Hubby Split 3 Months After Baby
This 2012 publicity photo shows Janet Jackson with Wissam Al Mana.   (AP Photo/Guttman Associates, Marco Glaviano)

Just three months after welcoming a child together, Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana are splitting up, according to multiple sources including People and Page Six. The singer and the billionaire Qatari businessman wed in 2012, and TMZ notes that the separation appears to have come exactly at the five-year mark of the marriage—which could have financial implications if the pair had a prenup. Al Mana, 41, is worth significantly more than Jackson, 50, and prenups typically allot more money to the spouse the longer the marriage goes on; they usually include 5- and 10-year marks at which more money is doled out. Their new son, Eissa, could also have prenup implications, TMZ notes.

Why the split? Page Six's sources are conflicted, with one claiming the split is amicable and the other saying Jackson thought Al Mana "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." She also moved to London at his request—and her mother, Katherine Jackson, recently spent two months there with the family, which the source says is a factor in the split. Janet is worried about her mom, who alleges elder abuse at the hands of her nephew Trent, and the source says she's frustrated that her husband doesn't seem to share her concerns. The split news was reported soon after Katherine Jackson returned to LA. But TMZ says she may not actually have gone to London in the first place to get away from Trent, but rather because of the looming separation. (More Janet Jackson stories.)

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