Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana made their first appearance in London’s Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday to begin their divorce proceedings. The couple, who were married in 2012, did not interact with each other outside of the court building. They were in a private meeting with Justice Anna Pauffle for over six hours.
Wissam left the courthouse first, alone and reportedly looking “somber,” followed by Janet around 20 minutes later. An eyewitness told Entertainment Tonight that “Janet was in a great mood.” The source added, “She was happy and hugging and kissing her legal team as she left the court house…Janet had about seven people in her entourage including her brother Randi, her assistant and her legal team.”
The 51-year-old singer, currently gearing up to resume her Unbreakable tour, has managed to drop about 50 pounds since the birth of her son Eissa in January. ET’s source reported that “She looks great! There is definitely a noticeable weight loss. It looks like she is getting back in fighting form to start her tour.” Janet has been “training, dieting and eating clean,” but some of her weight loss could possibly be attributed to rumors that she’s “been under stress” since the split. But fortunately “She has the support of her family and has a crazy good legal team behind her.” Brothers Jackie and Jermaine are in London with Janet, and are looking forward to playing uncle to Eissa. On an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women on Friday, Jackie announced, “I haven’t seen him! While I’m here I’m going to see him. We’ve seen pictures.” Jermaine added, “I’ve heard him crying on the phone!”
Citing cultural differences, Janet announced the split with Wissam on social media, telling fans in a short video that “We are in court. And the rest is in God’s hands.” Janet stands to get a $200 million payout from the marriage. And, with reports that Janet disagreed with Wissam on raising Eissa, this could be a long legal battle. I do not envy her, but I hope the right decisions are made for Eissa’s well-being.
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