The Jackson name sure rings a bell in the entertainment industry. Janet Jackson is a sister to the late King of Pop Michael Jackson. She was born on the 16th of May 1966 and is a singer, songwriter, dancer and actress who has shown a high level of consistency and has been prominent in pop culture over the best part of three decades. Janet is the youngest child of the Jackson family.
Janet Jackson Wiki
Janet Damita Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, to her mother Mrs Katherine Esther and her father Joseph Walter Jackson the last of ten kids. The Jacksons were well known Jehovah witnesses. Janet was initially interested in racing jockey or pursuing a career in entertainment as a lawyer; she intended to see herself through by becoming an actress. She began performing at age 7 at the then Las Vegas Strip at the MGM Casino.
Her career kick-started in the TV series known as the Jackson Family which led her to feature in numerous other TV shows through the 70’s and early 80’s. Her career did progress steadily throughout the 80’s but it was in the early 90’s that she signed the first of her two multi-million dollar contracts with the renowned Virgin records. The contract made her one of the highest paid artists at the time.
When she turned 16, her father and manager arranged a contract for her with record label A&M records and subsequently, her debut album was released in 1982. This album was produced by a host of producers most notably Angela Winbush, Rene Moore and Leon F. Sylvers. The entire project was overseen by her father. The album peaked at number 63 on the billboard 200 and made an appearance on the Billboard top black albums in 1983 and she was also the highest ranking female vocalist. Her second album titled Dream Street came out two years later. Janet, though enjoying a glittering career was never far from controversy, it was on record that she eloped in 1984 with James Debarge, the couple were married but that marriage was annulled a year later.
Her movie career also excelled and by the end of the 90’s, she was named a runner-up to Mariah Carey as the artist of the decade by Billboard magazine.
Due to her most recent divorce, it is reported that the pop icon could get as much $200 million dollars as a settlement. The details of her prenup entailed that she be paid $100 million dollars if she stayed married for over five years and the fee is to be doubled if she has a child. Her ex-husband is worth over a billion dollars but Janet holds her own at a respectable $150 million.
Janet Jackson’s Husband, Divorce and Son
Janet Jackson has had some high profile marriage failures. From her first marriage to James Debarge in 1984 to her union with music video director Rene Elizondo Jr. (1991-2000) and a well documented 7-year relationship with Dupri (2002-2009).
But it was her third marriage to Qatari businessman Al Mana that actually caught the eye of the media. She had to make major changes in her life which included a move to London and a change from her flashy lifestyle to a more conservative demeanour in line with her husband’s religion.
Thy couple tied the knot two years after their meeting and Janet announced that she was pregnant and delivered her child named Eissa in January 2017. The marriage also broke down due to allegations of verbal abuse. The family source said Janet was being made to feel like a prisoner in her home and no pregnant woman needs to go on being called a bitch every day.
Janet’s brother Randy was at the forefront of the tussle to get her to leave her “controlling husband” with the help of their elder sister Rebbie and mother Katherine. The marriage was annulled in September 2017 and the two are currently in court for custody of their child.
Legitimately, Janet has just one child – Eissa, a product of her marriage to Qatari businessman Al Mana. However, a 31-year-old lady, Tiffany Whyte has claimed Janet Jackson to be her mother. She says she is a product of the marriage between Janet and James Debarge. She also claims to have DNA results to authenticate her claims. Recent DNA results allegedly debunk her claims. Janet’s first husband, James still claims he had a child with Janet and wouldn’t give up searching.
Janet Jackson Siblings
Janet’s parent’s Joseph and Katherine Jackson had 10 children. Brandon, a twin of Marlon died at birth. The oldest child is daughter Maureen Reillette “Rebbie” Jackson, who was born on the 29th of May, 1950. She was followed up by the first son Sigmund Esco “Jackie’ Jackson who was born on the 4th of May 1951. Also, there’s Tito Jackson born on 15th October 1954 then Jermaine Jackson born on 29th May 1956. Yvonne Jackson was born on the 12th of March, 1957. Brandon Jackson who died at birth, Then Michael Jackson born on the 29th of August, 1958 (died on June 25th, 2009) and Steven Randy Jackson born on October 18th, 1961.