First, the bad news for Janet Jackson:
She will not be going on an escapade any time soon.
But now the good news for Janet Jackson:
That's because she's a mother for the first time! At the age of 50!
The singer and husband Wissam Al Mana welcomed their first child on Tuesday, January 3, with Jackson’s rep confirming the name and gender of the newborn.
“Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana are thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world,” reads the simple rep statement, concluding as follows:
“Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably."
Phew. That's good to know.
It's a fact that the older a woman is when she gets pregnant, the more likely either she or the baby is to have complications.
Jackson and Al Mana (a Qatari businessman) got married in 2012.
Despite the artist's advanced age, speculation about her expecting state started in April when Jackson postponed her Unbreakable World Tour so, telling fans in a video posted to Twitter that she and Al Mana needed to focus on their family
“We’re in the second leg of the tour, and there actually has been a sudden change,” she says in the above clip. “I thought it was important that you be the first to know.
“My husband and I are planning our family. So I’m going to have to delay the tour.”
Fast forward all the way to October and Jackson confirmed the happy news.
“We thank God for our blessing,” Janet told People Magazine in an exclusive interview, which included a picture of her and her baby bump.
Janet, of course, is the sister of legendary singer Michael Jackson.
She spends most of her time in London and is notoriously shy with the press.
We would not hold our breath for a tabloid cover baby photo if we were you.
But an insider did tell People late last year that Jackson was psyched to become a first-time parent.
“She is super excited about her pregnancy and is doing extremely well,” the source said this fall. “She actually feels very good about everything.”
Good! We're so glad to hear it!
Please join us in sending along your best wishes, first to Jackson and her expanded family...
... and then to the following celebrities, all of whom are expecting kids in 2017. Good luck to everyone!