Just a few months after giving birth to her first child, Janet Jackson has some bigger news. Jackson and billionaire husband Wissam Al Mana are reportedly calling it quits after five years of marriage, according to E!. The alleged break-up might appear sudden to fans, especially since the two had a new baby together back in January — so it's no surprise that many are wondering why Jackson and Al Mana reportedly split.
The couple, who have kept their lives very private, have been married for the past five years and have been together as a couple even longer. The Daily Mail was the first to report the news on Sunday — with sources close to Jackson telling the magazine that Jackson and Al Mana reportedly made the decision to split because they "decided it wasn't working and to go their separate ways." This comes just three months after Jackson gave birth to her first child on Jan. 3 — a son, Eissa Al Mana.
The source continued, telling The Daily Mail, "They're both busy people but determined to be good parents, even if they're apart. It's amicable and Eissa will stay with his mother, who is basing herself in London."
Jackson's representative did not return Romper's request for comment.
Jackson and Al Mana, a billionaire businessman with a "middle eastern empire," according to People, secretly married in a private ceremony in 2012 — and waited almost a full year later to announce it. Four years later, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. "We thank God for our blessing," Jackson told People about her pregnancy, and not giving any other details about it.
This high level of privacy maintained by the couple — from their marriage to pregnancy — has been long running from the time Jackson and Al Mana started dating. According to E!, the last time Jackson was fully in the public eye was in 2015, before trading in the spotlight for family life with Al Mana. And in the three months after the birth of her son, according to E!, Jackson has been barely spotted outside of her home. Because of this high level of privacy from Jackson and Al Mana, it is hard to know if fans will ever know the reason for their reported separation — after all, everything about their relationship has been shrouded in secrecy.
As Jackson and Al Mana go through this new stage in their lives, fans should respect their privacy.