Folks are still dealing with the shocking news of the separation of Janet Jackson and her Muslim billionaire husband Wissam Al Mana just three months after the birth of their first child, a boy.
The conventional wisdom is putting a lot of the blame on the fact that they finally realized they come from completely different backgrounds and it was too difficult for each to bridge realizing, according to a family insider.
People Magazine says a source close to the Jackson clan reports the singer was trying to adapt to her husband’s Middle Eastern culture but their differences became “even more obvious” after the birth of their son Eissa in January.
It is widely believed that Janet, born a Jehovah’s Witness, converted to Islam although that has not been confirmed. She has used Arab terms commonly used by Muslims in some of her social media postings. Fans also noted that her tour wardrobe was more covered up than in previous years, although that could have also been a concession to age.
“They come from very different worlds,” the source said. “For years, Janet tried to adapt to his culture. Since it’s not a culture she grew up with, it’s been challenging for her. She often felt she disappointed Wissam.”
Although Jackson, 50, and the Qatari businessman have decided to end their marriage, the source said the pair will raise their son together.
“Janet is all about the baby and is OK,” the insider tells People. Well, we hope we’re wrong, but we see a potential huge problem down the road as far the child is concerned.
In any event, as we said up top, news of the split comes just three months after Jackson and Al Mana welcomed their first child together. The pair has been married for five years.
The couple secretly wed in 2012, but didn’t confirm the union until a year later after speculation about a supposed upcoming wedding between the two became rampant.
“The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private and beautiful ceremony,” the couple told Entertainment Tonight at the time.
Jackson’s marriage to Al Mana was her third. The singer was previously wed to Rene Elizondo, Jr. and James DeBarge, although that marriage was later annulled. No one knew she was married to Elizondo until the two became embroiled in contentious divorce proceedings.