Pop star Janet Jackson welcomes baby boy at 50
Pop superstar Janet Jackson gave birth to her first child, a boy, at the age of 50 on Tuesday, according to US media.
Jackson and her husband Wissam Al Mana, a Qatari businessman, welcomed their son Eissa into the world after a “stress-free” delivery.
“Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably,” the singer’s spokesperson told People Magazine.
The younger sister of late king of pop Michael Jackson in April stunned fans by halting a global tour and saying that she and her husband were “planning our family.”
In October, People Magazine published a photo of the middle-aged celebrity on the beach holding her baby bump.
In November she made a brief return to social media, reassuring her fans that she was “doing well”.
“Hey you guys… It’s been awhile… but I’m still listening… I feel your love and prayers… Thank you… and I’m doing well,” she tweeted.
Hey you guys.. It’s been awhile.. but I’m still listening.. I feel your love and prayers.. Thank you.. and I’m doing well.. Al Hamdu lillah
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) November 19, 2016
Jackson, the fiercely private youngest child of the famed Jackson singing family, has not given any details of the pregnancy or where the baby was born.
She had two previous marriages: a year-long union with soul singer James DeBarge in the mid-1980s, and to dancer Rene Elizondo Jr from 1991-2000.
Jackson had been discreet about her personal life and did not immediately publicize her 2012 marriage to tycoon Al Mana, whose company sells luxury fashion brands throughout Gulf Arab kingdoms.
The singer won an international fan base in the late 1980s with her albums Control and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, which brought together pop music and funk with the emerging genre of hip-hop.
The albums were notable for their socially conscious lyrics, in which Jackson identified with women’s empowerment, and were accompanied by intricately choreographed live shows.
“Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably,” the statement said.