Janet Jackson was born Janet Damita Jo Jackson on May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana. She is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She is the youngest of the Jackson family.
Hailing from a family of musical geniuses, Janet found a career in music. Her brothers, including the late pop legend Michael Jackson, were members of the music group Jackson 5. After the group began to move up the popularity ladder, Janet at the age of 4 together with her family moved to Encino, California.
She made her first musical performance at the age of 7. But music wasn’t the only talent Janet had, she was also a good actress and before delving further into music, she explored her acting prowess. Janet starred in a number of variety TV shows including “The Jacksons”, “Good Times”, “Diff’rent Stroke” and “Fame”.
At the age of 16, Janet with the help of her father Joseph Jackson landed a record deal with A&M records. She released her eponymous debut album in 1984. Two years later, her follow-up album “Dream Street” was released.
In a bid to become an artist in her own right, Janet broke business ties with her family. She then released her third studio album “Control” (1986) which was a hit, peaking atop the Billboard 200. It sold over 14 million copies worldwide and was certified platinum five times by the RIAA.
Janet’s subsequent albums were even more successful, setting award-winning records and producing multiple chart-topping singles.
Continued Success & Earnings
In 1991, she established herself as the Queen of Pop after signing a record deal with Virgin Records. Worth between $30 million and $50 million, the record deal made Jackson the highest-paid recording artist of that time. Janet Jackson has an estimated personal net worth of $175 million.
She released her first album with Virgin records in 1993 and made her debut film feature the same year in “Poetic Justice”. Her fame and success with the entertainment industry peaked throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s.
The pop icon has shown no signs of slowing down, she began her own record label called Rhythms Nation in 2015. Her 2015 album “Unbreakable” debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. It produced a lead single “No Sleep” which featured J. Cole. Her Unbreakable World Tour ended in March 2016.
Janet has sold over 160 million records in the course of her career. In 2013, Variety revealed that Jackson has grossed over $1 billion from her music efforts in the past 20 years. She is one of the most awarded artists in the world.
Husband, Divorce, Baby, Daughter and Son
Since 2012, Jackson has been married to billionaire Qatari business tycoon, Wissam Al Mana who has a net worth of $1 billion. The couple parted ways in April 2017. Nevertheless, the story of the Pop Queen’s love life didn’t begin with Al Mana. It is known that she got secretly married to her manager and longtime boyfriend, Rene Elizondo. The marriage wasn’t made known to the public until eight years later when Janet announced their separation. That was in 1991.
Elizondo filed for divorce in May 2000, before the fact of their marriage became public knowledge. Much later, sometime around 2011, Janet Jackson dated producer Jermaine Dupri. Everything was right at first but soon, the relationship started to deteriorate. They eventually broke up before she met and fell in love with the Qatari billionaire, Wissam Al Mana. Again, things were perfect so she got married to him in a 2012 private wedding ceremony.
In May 2016, it was announced that Janet Jackson was pregnant with her first child. This happened just before she turned 50. She gave birth to a son on January 3, 2017, and named him Eissa Al Mana. In April 2017, it was announced that Janet Jackson had split from her husband, Al Mana.
There is a controversy about Janet having a secret daughter with her first husband, James DeBarge. Yeah, Rene wasn’t her first. She was married to James DeBarge, an R&B/soul singer from 1984 to 1985. The supposed daughter, a Philadelphia woman that goes by the name Tiffany Whyte came out wailing that she has been kept a secret for a very long time and that she wants the public to know the truth. In fact, it was reported sometime in 2016 that DeBarge admitted he and Janet are the biological parents of Tiffany.