Janet expecting first child at 49

Singer Janet Jackson is expecting her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana, reports say.
Singer Janet Jackson is expecting her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana, reports say.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • Pop star Janet Jackson is expecting her first child at age 49, reports said on Wednesday.

The younger sister of late star Michael Jackson stunned fans last month by halting a global tour and saying she and her Qatari businessman husband Wissam Al Mana, 41, were "planning our family".

Jackson, who turns 50 on May 16, did not offer more details at the time. But celebrity news sites Entertainment Tonight and E! News said she was pregnant.

E! News, quoting an unnamed source, said she was in her second trimester and had been seeing a fertility specialist for some time.

Natural pregnancies are less common as women enter their late 40s, but in-vitro fertilisations can extend the age range. A representative for Jackson did not respond to a request for comment immediately.

  • MID-LIFE CELEB MUMS

  • Halle Berry: The actress was 47 when she had a son in 2013 with her then husband, actor Olivier Martinez. She also has an eight-year-old daughter.

    Kelly Preston: A year after their teenage son died of a seizure, the actress had another son with her husband, actor John Travolta, in 2010. She was 48 then. The couple also have a teenage daughter.

    Geena Davis: The actress was 48 when she had twin sons in 2004 with her husband, surgeon Reza Jarrahy. The couple also have a teenage daughter.

    Beverly D'Angelo: The actress was 49 when she had twins, a boy and a girl, with her then boyfriend, actor Al Pacino, in 2001.

But in perhaps a wink of confirmation, the singer on Wednesday posted on social media a snippet of her dancing with the hashtag #DammnBaby. She is often discreet about her personal life and did not immediately publicise her third marriage in 2012.

Michael Jackson had three children after frequently reported efforts to try to start a family. He had two children with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe, who worked at his dermatologist's office, and a third through an undisclosed surrogate.

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