Janet Jackson is delaying her Unbreakable Tour, tweeting on Wednesday morning, April 6, 2016, that she and her husband are “planning our family” at the United Arab Emirates. While not specifying whether or not she is pregnant, she simply indicated that she is under doctor’s orders to rest.
According to Fox News, the 49-year-old singer, who turns 50 in May, announced the delay of the second leg of her tour which started on August 31, 2015. She has been staying out of the spotlight to be with her husband, Muslim billionaire Wissam Al Mana, 41, who manages a Middle Eastern empire of 55 companies involving fashion, media, engineering, and real estate.
According to Emirates 247, Janet converted to Islam after her marriage to Wissam in 2012, and takes her religion seriously, to the point of toning down her raunchy costumes and dance moves when on tour. She is the second one in the Jackson family, after brother Jermaine, to become a Muslim.
Janet Jackson is said to have made herself right at home with her new religion, with the many conditions placed on a woman’s role in a marriage. Among the realities confronting her is the importance of a Muslim woman’s ability to procreate.
Janet never considered offspring an “essential” part of her “fulfillment”, sources have revealed regarding how she felt about having children. According to Madame Noire, Jackson did not panic about not having kids of her own, due to the abundance of nieces and nephews in her family circle.
However, new circumstances may have given Janet Jackson the opportunity to ponder her role as a married woman in Muslim culture. The importance of procreation comes straight out of Mohammed’s mouth.
Sunan Abi Dawud 2049 Book 11, Hadith 2044, as narrated by Ma’qil ibn Yasar, reflects the importance of fertility in wedlock. The Prophet said this.
“Marry women who are loving and very prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you.”
While the internet is rife with talk of Janet being pregnant, not to mention fan disappointment over the tour delay, another angle to the story of her condition is developing.
A report by Hollywood Life says that Janet Jackson might have waited too long to have a baby. Expert opinion seems to doubt Jackson’s prospects of getting pregnant at 49-years of age, the chances of success close to nil.
Dr. Sherry Ross, an OB/GYN and Women’s Health Expert at Providence Satin John’s Health Care Center in Santa Monica, expressed her candid view on the subject. In an interview with Hollywood Life, she offered this.
“If a forty-nine year old woman were to try to get pregnant, even though IVF, the chance is less than one percent with her own genetics, meaning her own 49-year-old-egg. But let’s say she may have frozen her eggs 10 years ago when she was still in her 30s, it’s possible this is her own genetics. Or the more likely option is that she may be using a donor egg.”
Dr. Ross went on to suggest that the way Janet moves in concerts, would make her better off confined to quarters if she were to undergo in vitro fertilization. Going on a movie shoot or concert tour would not do because a minimum of three months is required for injectable hormones to be properly monitored by a fertility specialist, who must track the eggs implanted.
Her putting a hold to the Unbreakable Tour meant that Jackson had to drop other commitments as well, like her appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. She gave the following explanation.
“My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can, try to 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.”
Janet Jackson also bade her fans a parting “Insha Allah” or “If Allah wills” as she reportedly took off to get pregnant.
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