Janet Jackson

The singer and sin­gle mum wows fans

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AF­TER DE­LAY­ING HER TOUR FOR THE best rea­son—her first child, son Eissa—janet Jackson’s State of the World tour is back on track. And at age 51 the singer is back on form, as she showed at her first con­cert in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Sept. 7, eight months af­ter Eissa’s birth. Jackson changed out­fits sev­eral times and worked what was re­ported as her al­most 30kg weight loss to her ad­van­tage on stage. Pre­par­ing for the tour, the star was re­hears­ing “15, 16 hours a day,” a source re­port­edly said. “It’s a gru­elling sched­ule but she is up to the task. She wants to blow the crowd away.” That plan seemed to work, ac­cord­ing to fans who posted glow­ing praise. The next day in Hous­ton, the star vis­ited vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey with brother Randy and Hous­ton Mayor Sylvester Turner. She shared plans to do­nate pro­ceeds from her Hous­ton show to lo­cal flood-re­lief char­i­ties and “brought smiles and hugs,” a wit­ness told E! News. But that con­cert also brought tears—she broke down in an emo­tional per­for­mance of 1997’s do­mes­tic-vi­o­lence-themed “What About”, telling the au­di­ence, “This is me.”

Along with tour prep, Jackson has been fi­nal­is­ing her di­vorce from Qatari busi­ness­man Wis­sam Al Mana, 42. Their split was an­nounced three months af­ter Eissa was born on Jan. 3. “She and Wis­sam are work­ing to­gether to co-par­ent. They have a strong friend­ship. There is no fight­ing be­tween them,” a fam­ily source told WHO.

At home, “She changes all the di­a­pers— she does it all,” brother Tito Jackson told WHO. “She’s a real mother. She loves it. I asked her, ‘How are you get­ting along with this?’ and she said, ‘ Tito, I love it.’ She just loves her baby. She’s great at be­ing a mother. I guess it sort of makes her feel com­plete.”

Jackson (on Sept. 7) “looks amaz­ing ... and she was danc­ing bet­ter than ever,” a con­cert­goer told E! News. “She is def­i­nitely age­ing back­wards,” said the fan. “She’s do­ing all the baby talk to the baby,” says Janet’s brother Tito Jackson. Preg­nant Jackson on Oct. 20 with Al Mana, who af­ter their split re­ferred to her as “the most beau­ti­ful per­son in the world.”

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