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Janet Jackson and husband reportedly split


Slightly more than three months after the birth of her son, Eissa, Janet Jackson has seemingly split from the baby’s father, Wissam Al Mana.

The couple was married in 2012 and speculation on various entertainment sites, as well as The Daily Mail in England , where Jackson has been residing, is that a “clash of cultures” and the religious beliefs of the Qatari-born Al Mana led to an irreparable rift.

Jackson, who turns 51 in May, raised eyebrows when she announced her pregnancy and prompted more skepticism with the release of a vague announcement of her baby’s birth.

Her postponed “Unbreakable” tour was supposedly going to be rescheduled for 2017 . But reports that Jackson has been a doting mother who has rarely left her son’s side indicate an increasingly unlikely return to the stage this year.

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