JANET TO GO ON TOUR AF­TER SPLIT

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW YORK

POP su­per­star and new mother Janet Jack­son said on Mon­day she will re­sume a tour af­ter a nearly two-year break as she con­firmed sep­a­rat­ing from her hus­band.

Jack­son, who had abruptly sus­pended a tour in 2015 amid the sur­prise news she was preg­nant, an­nounced 56 con­certs in North Amer­ica later this year.

In an on­line mes­sage to fans, Jack­son voiced grat­i­tude for her 4-month-old son Eissa and ac­knowl­edged split­ting with her third hus­band, Qatari ty­coon Wis­sam Al Mana.

“Yes, I sep­a­rated from my hus­band, we are in court, and the rest is in God’s hands,” said the 50-year-old younger sis­ter of late king of pop Michael Jack­son as she lay on a pil­low.

Jack­son has been dis­creet since mar­ry­ing Al Mana.

She ini­tially kept their 2012 wed­ding pri­vate and re­peat­edly post­poned her tour be­fore an­nounc­ing her preg­nancy, which came at an un­usu­ally late age.

Jack­son said she was chang­ing the name of her tour, which was ini­tially called “Un­break­able” af­ter her 2015 al­bum, her first since her brother’s death.

The tour — to be­gin on Sept 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana, and close on Dec 17 in At­lanta — will be called “State of the World”.

“I want to thank you guys for your pa­tience, for all your sup­port through­out the years,” she said to fans. The rea­sons be­hind Jack­son’s sep­a­ra­tion re­main murky, with one tabloid say­ing Al Mana had been too con­trol­ling but oth­ers say the split was am­i­ca­ble. AFP

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