Janet Jackson took to Twitter Wednesday morning to announce that she was postponing her critically acclaimed “Unbreakable” tour, again, this time to apparently have a baby with her husband, billionaire Wissam Al Mana.
It’s been a whirlwind 10 or so months for Jackson, who released one of the best albums of 2015, “Unbreakable,” in July and kicked off a tour a month later. The album, produced by longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, saw Jackson exploring themes of love and family and also eyeing some of her longtime detractors. It was one of the best albums of her career, producing a hit, “No Sleep,” with rapper J Cole that topped the urban charts for several months.
The tour that followed again showed why Jackson is one of the best entertainers of all time, even at 49, full of energy, precision dance moves and a thorough catalog of hits from a career that’s now into its fourth decade. But the tour was put on hold in December when Jackson announced she was undergoing a medical procedure.
Now, three months later — which has tended to be the period doctors advise you wait before you announce a pregnancy — Jackson has delivered this latest tour and personal news.
While Jackson doesn’t say she’s pregnant, she says she again is postponing her tour under doctors’ orders while she and Al Mana are planning for their family. She seems genuinely overjoyed.
Her longtime choreographer and close friend, Gil Duldulao, also posted some thoughts on Twitter. He said the tour would eventually continue and finish.
Jackson’s tour was set to resume May 23 in Tucson, Arizona.
Fans are one of the most popular Janet Jackson message forums were mostly elated for the singer, but a few wondered about getting refunds for tickets purchased for shows and while most speculated that she was pregnant, many wanted more clarity.
Now Jackson is notoriously private. We’re talking about an A list celebrity who managed to keep a previous marriage secret for years and one who wed Al Mana is relative obscurity four years ago. But now wouldn’t be a bad time to do one good sit-down interview. Jackson is close to and is fond of ABC’s Robin Roberts.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to sit down with Roberts right now. Given her penchant for privacy, which has gotten stronger over the past few years, we wouldn’t expect it, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to do.