A source confirmed with Entertainment Tonight that Janet Jackson, 49, is pregnant with her first child. Janet, who will be turning 50 on May 16, should get ready to expect a roar of buzz from curious people as they wonder about her pregnancy.
Pregnancy for women over the age of 40 has often been deemed as difficult, as the biological clock is ticking, but it isn’t impossible. There have been a number of women who have had successful pregnancies over the age of 50, including the famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz, who gave birth at the age of 52 to her daughter, Sarah Cameron Leibovitz, in October 2001. Because of modern scientific and technological advances in reproductive technology, pregnancy for women over 50 has become more successful than ever before.
On October 2, 2015, Janet Jackson released her eleventh studio album, Unbreakable, preceded by the launch of her seventh concert tour, the Unbreakable World Tour. The tour was set to complete by March 2016, but the second North American leg of the tour was postponed due to emergency, unspecified surgery in December 2015. Shortly thereafter, every venue was rescheduled, except for one booked in Lexington, KY due to renovations.
On April 6, Janet announced on Twitter that she was delaying her Unbreakable tour to start a family:
Hey you guys! On August 31st, as you probably know, I launched the Unbreakable World Tour. First, I just wanna thank all the fans for coming out and seeing the show – thank you so much, you guys made it so enjoyable for me each and every night. We’re in the second leg of the tour, and there actually has been a sudden change. I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m gonna have to delay the tour. Please, if you can try and understand, that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor’s orders, but I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can.
While many have been expecting this news for nearly a month because of her statement, Janet is no stranger to shocking her fans. In 2012, Janet took the world by surprise when she secretly wed Wissam Al Mana, a business magnate from Qatar.
Some fans have taken to Twitter, sharing their excitement and concern for Janet’s pregnancy:
Regardless of your thoughts, congratulations to Janet and Wissam!