Fuzzy coos and nasty barbs for new mum Janet Jackson

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Pop star Janet Jackson yes­ter­day re­turned from her so­cial-me­dia sab­bat­i­cal with a bang that shook cy­berspace: she posted the first pic­ture of her­self and her baby boy, more than three months af­ter de­liv­er­ing him.

The 50-year-old singer used her Twit­ter ac­count to share a pho­to­graph of her­self and Eissa, her first child with now es­tranged hus­band, bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Wis­sam al Mana.

“My baby and me af­ter nap time,” Janet cooed as she cud­dled Eissa in her arms.

The baby’s cute yawn in the pic­ture melted the hearts of mil­lions around the world, set­ting so­cial me­dia ablaze.

Most com­ments were com­pli­men­tary about the baby, but much at­ten­tion was fo­cussed on Jackson’s flaw­less look less than four months af­ter giv­ing birth.

“Eissa is adorable. But y’all, Janet has no pores. Her skin is lit­er­ally flaw­less. She had a baby 14 min­utes ago,” said one Twit­ter user. “I’m over­whelmed,” said another. But not ev­ery­one was in a warm, fuzzy mood. Many ques­tioned the au­then­tic­ity of Jackson’s look and went the nasty route.

“This look is achiev­able: sim­ply re­place your nat­u­ral skin with sev­eral lay­ers of plas­tic. Hire round-the-clock staff. Avoid open flames,” said one. While Jackson is ec­static about hav­ing be­come a new mum, things have not been rosy on the do­mes­tic front. She and Al Mana ended their al­most five-year mar­riage soon af­ter Eissa’s birth. While fam­ily and close as­so­ciates blamed their busy sched­ules, spec­u­la­tion has been rife that the cou­ple’s age dif­fer­ence and re­li­gious back­grounds played a part. The 42-year-old, Qatar-born Al Mana is a de­vout Mus­lim, while Jackson was raised as a Je­ho­vah’s Wit­ness. Dur­ing their mar­riage she was of­ten pic­tured in Mus­lim garb, sig­nalling at­tempts at a com­pro­mise. –

Staff re­porter

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