These are some photos of Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana at the Roberto Cavalli show in Milan on the 23rd. Janet and Wissam, her Qatari lover of several years, are frequent guests of fashion shows in Paris and Milan, so it was nice to see them out and supporting Cavalli. But an interesting thing happened: just days after their first coupled-up appearance in months comes word that Janet and Wissam were actually “secretly married” for months! Back in December, sources claimed that they were engaged and planning a lavish wedding, but it looks like they went low-key:
Janet Jackson is a master of deception! The “Rhythm Nation” singer, 46, denied reports she recently wed Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, 37 — because according to Jackson, they’ve been secretly married for months.
“The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private and beautiful ceremony,” the couple told Entertainment Tonight in a statement on Monday, Feb. 25. “Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children’s charities. We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy.”
Us Weekly broke the news of the pair’s engagement in December 2012. Jackson hasn’t worn her ring publicly, a source explained, because “she’s afraid it will get lost, so she keeps it locked up!”
This is the third marriage for Jackson, who split from longtime boyfriend Jermaine Dupri in 2009. She was previously wed to James DeBarge and Rene Elizondo. Similarly, Jackson attempted to keep those relationships hidden from the public.
A Jackson source recently revealed the multiplatinum star is eager to start a family with Al Mana, whom she began dating in the summer of 2010. “She wants kids,” the source told Us. “If she can’t have them, she will adopt.”
Aw. I kind of like that. I like that they were so private and that they managed to keep it a secret for months – although that’s nothing new, Janet has always been able to keep a secret, sometimes for years. She’s super-private. So it’s interesting that she even bothered to confirm the news with such a personal statement, and I like that their wedding gifts were charitable contributions. Incidentally, am I the only one who finds Wissam to be rather hot? Hm. Anyway, congrats to Janet and Wissam!
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.