Janet Jackson Pregnant At 50, Naming Baby After Michael Jackson: Why She Feels ‘Scared’

Janet Jackson is sharing her pregnancy news with the world, revealing that at 50 she has a blossoming baby bump. Jackson has reportedly chosen a name for her first child, opting for one that honors her brother Michael Jackson. But a new report alleges that Janet is having some concerns about one aspect of her pregnancy.


Jackson is “just not loving this as much as she thought she would,” an insider told Radar Online. Janet has appeared “absolutely miserable,” added the source. The pregnancy pounds are causing her to feel “scared” that she will have problems losing weight after the baby is born, according to the insider.

“She’s constantly commenting on how big she’s gotten….Her family tells her that it is just baby weight and will go away, [but] she doesn’t seem to believe it.”

In addition, Jackson is “acting super emotional,” added the source. Radar Online told readers that Janet had a challenging year, which included canceling her “Unbreakable” world tour because of the need to “focus on her health after undergoing surgery to remove a terrifying throat tumor.”


The baby is due soon, and Jackson has reportedly chosen a name that honors her brother Michael, reported Hollywood Life, which cited a source’s revelation that Janet and her husband Wissam Al Mana, 41, will be welcoming a boy into the world.

The 50-year-old singer wants to honor both Michael Jackson and Brandon Jackson, and the media outlet explained that Brandon was “Marlon’s twin who died at birth.” Janet’s husband reportedly agreed to his wife’s desire to honor Brandon and Michael when she became pregnant, according to the insider.

Wissam al Mana and Janet Jackson will be welcoming their first baby into the world.
Wissam al Mana and Janet Jackson will be welcoming their first baby into the world. [Image by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images]

Another source cited by Hollywood Life revealed that Wissam, who is a billionaire businessman, is a “traditional Muslim who believes the man makes all of the decisions and the wife must abide by them.” Consequently, the baby’s name honors two of Jackson’s brothers while also including names chosen by her husband, clarified the insider.

“Michael Brandon will be in the middle. The child will have a name given by Wissam, and will take Wissam’s last name.”

In addition, Hollywood Life revealed Janet’s first child reportedly is due in December and “will have a Muslim first and last name.”


Jackson’s pregnancy style caused a conundrum for some media outlets, as pointed out by the Mic. Seen in London, Janet was wearing a large poncho, but the Mirror described it as “full Islamic dress.”

A Twitter user corrected the description.


The Mic clarified that Janet’s fashion selection was “a $1285 Adidas Y-3 wool poncho sweater,” and although it provided her with a choice categorized as modest, the media outlet pointed out that dressing modestly is “not limited to the Islamic faith only.”

It’s not just Jackson’s style that’s caused some questions, however. Janet’s decision to have her first pregnancy at 50 has started a dialogue about health concerns, with USA Today asking the question of whether it was safe.


Noting that more women are choosing to wait to get pregnant until 35 and older, the media outlet clarified that women in that age group “are often considered to be at ‘advanced maternal age.'” The choice of age 35 for categorizing women relates to the increased possibility of having a baby with Down syndrome, explained Shannon Clark, maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Janet Jackson is pregnant at 50: Is it safe?
Janet Jackson is pregnant at 50: Is it safe? [Image by Christopher Polk/Getty Images]

Moreover, aging in general increases the risk of health concerns ranging from high blood pressure to diabetes, also contributing to concerns about safety for older women. Consequently, women with these types of conditions should work with their doctors to ensure that problems such as blood pressure are controlled prior to pregnancy, noted Clark.

Even healthy women who are age 50 have higher risks for certain conditions, including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, cautioned Paola Aghajanian, the director of Labor and Delivery at Cedars-Sinai, in an interview with the media outlet.

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