Teary Janet Jackson at gig

HOUSTON • Maybe the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey ripped her heart. Or it could be the marital woes that had blown Janet Jackson's way.

Whatever the true reason, her fans witnessed the singer breaking down in tears at her concert in Houston over the weekend at the end of her performance of What About (1997), reported Fox News.

The song's lyrics dwell on surviving turbulence in a relationship.

The 51-year-old held her hand over her face as she cried, with the audience urging her to compose herself.

When she calmed down, she said: "This is me."

The singer, who gave birth late last year to a boy, is now involved in divorce proceedings after five years of marriage to Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2017, with the headline 'Teary Janet Jackson at gig'. Print Edition | Subscribe