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Janet Jackson and her third husband, billionaire Wissam Al Mana, married in 2012 and separated just three months after the birth of her first child in 2017.
As IJR previously reported, rumors had already started circulating that Jackson’s marriage was in trouble following reports Al Mana became too controlling. He reportedly insisted she scale back on her flashy, provocative outfits and even tried to dictate the way she danced on stage during her concerts.
Took a break from tour prep to attend 10th Anniversary of Lazarides Gallery n London with my sweetie… See you soon pic.twitter.com/vgwSaLsOyB
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) February 12, 2016
Jackson reportedly “resented” the changes and felt as though she was losing her fanbase, according to Page Six. The couple went on to have a baby anyway, Eissa Al Mana, who was born earlier this year:
My baby and me after nap time. pic.twitter.com/5srdrzn8Ex
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) April 15, 2017
Although Jackson has never publicly talked about the reason for her separation from Al Mana, save for confirming their split on Twitter, her brother has unleashed some ugly accusations about what led to the downfall of the relationship.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) November 1, 2015
In an interview with People, Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson stated his younger sister had been verbally abused and kept in her home like a “prisoner” during her marriage to Al Mana.
He explained to the publication:
“It was quite an abusive situation. It came on later in the relationship, verbal abuse and being [made to feel like] a prisoner in her own home. No pregnant woman needs to go through being called a b***h everyday (sic). There were things like that. That’s what she went through.”
Jackson’s brother divulged that at one point he even gave his sister an ultimatum:
“I told her, ‘You’ve got to move in with me or I’m going to go over there and there’s going to be hell.’ She was really pissed off. I told her, ‘I don’t care anymore. I’m tired of it. It’s too much.'”
Randy Jackson added it’s been a painful time for the music icon, given she is reportedly still in the middle of divorce proceedings and locked in a custody battle with Al Mana:
“There’s a lot of pain. Janet’s been through a lot with her divorce. I’ve been through a lot, we all have.”
He also shared that their parents, 87-year-old Katherine Jackson and 89-year-old father Joe Jackson, were largely kept out of the loop about Janet’s marital struggles in an effort to protect them from the truth. Since the news has come to light, they have reportedly stuck by their famous daughter:
“I didn’t want them to know. My parents are up there in age so I wanted to protect them as much as possible, but now they know. Everybody in the family knows.”
For Al Mana’s part, his lawyers released a statement to People saying he refuses to acknowledge Randy Jackson’s “hurtful allegations”:
“Mr. Al Mana is not going to dignify these particular and deeply hurtful allegations with a response.
The breakdown of his marriage to Janet Jackson is a cause of great sadness to Mr. Al Mana, and it is the wellbeing and privacy of their son, Eissa, that remains his sole focus.”
People reported it was speculated early on that the couple’s differing religious beliefs may have been cause for the dissolution of their marriage. Jackson is reportedly Christian and Al Mana is Muslim. However, Randy Jackson refutes the idea:
“I have a lot of Muslim friends and they don’t act that way at all. It’s a personal issue that he needs help with and I’m going to pray for him, too. But I’m not going to allow her to live in that abusive situation. She’s my baby sister.”
While stepping up to defend his little sister, Randy stated the alleged abuse “is still going on” as Jackson and Al Mana work out their custody agreement. Jackson is currently on tour with the couple’s child in tow:
“She has custody and he of course allowed her to bring the baby on tour, but it’s constant harassment. This tour almost didn’t happen, but by the grace of God we’re here and we’re very prayerful.”
Randy Jackson told People that while he and his family normally do not air their dirty laundry, he is speaking on behalf of his sister to help get her the resolution she wants — a mother and a father for her child.
“Enough is enough,” he said.