Janet Jackson and her husband, Qatari business magnate Wissam Al Mana, have reportedly split after five years of marriage.
The two recently welcomed their first child, baby boy Eissa, back in early January. Jackson, 50, and her husband are said to have agreed that things weren’t working and opted to go their separate ways — according to TMZ.
Al Mana is the executive director of Qatar-based conglomerate Al Mana Group, which operates over 300 outlets in automotive distribution and services, real estate and investments, retail, food and beverage, engineering, technology, media and entertainment.
The business mogul is believed to be worth just under one billion dollars, according to Daily Mail, and had an estimated networth of $1 billion in 2016.
This is Jackson’s third marriage. The “That’s The Way Love Goes” singer first married James DeBarge in 1984, but split after a year. She was then married to Rene Elizondo Jr. from 1991 to 2000.
Jackson and Al Mana tied the knot in 2012.
While one source said the split is amicable and the couple will co-parent their son, others said trouble had been brewing for months.
“She thought he 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,” the source who works closely with the couple said.
Other demands that the “Rhythm Nation” singer gave in to included toning down her 2014 concert tour — wearing clothing that covered her body, instead of the skin-revealing outfits fans had grown to love.
She also declined to do music videos that featured any bumping and grinding, trademarks of her work, the source said.
“It drove her crazy and she felt she was losing her fan base.”
Jackson also resented the reclusiveness of her husband, who rarely met with her friends or family, the source said.
Still, the couple hoped a baby would help.
They welcomed their son, Eissa Al Mana, on January 3 after nearly five years of marriage. After much deliberation over whether to have a lavish wedding, Jackson gave in to Al Mana’s demands for a simple and private ceremony, sources said.
Jackson even quietly made London her home after Al Mana insisted the family live under strict Muslim custom, which included prohibiting the new mom from being seen in public while nursing the baby.
The last straw for the thrice married “Control” singer was her husband’s reluctance to show concern for Katherine Jackson’s elder abuse claims against her nephew Trent.
Katherine recently returned to Los Angeles after a two month stay in London with Janet.
“That’s when Janet made her decision that there was no turning back,” the source said. “She was worried about her mother — and Wissam showed little to no concern.”
Jackson is believed to be worth $250 million while Al Mana is a billionaire Qatari businessman. The source was not aware of any prenuptial agreement and declined to say whether Jackson would seek spousal or child support.