Janet Jackson publicly split from Wissam Al Mana in April 2017. God knows when they really split up, but the announcement/confirmation came just a few months after Janet welcomed their son Eissa Al Mana. It was said by some in the Jackson family that Wissam was not cool with Janet living her life and performing and all of that. It was said that he was verbally abusive to Janet and that she had enough of him by the time their son was born. Their divorce proceedings have been going on in London, and it’s been pretty quiet. But both Janet and Wissam travel around the world, and I guess they handle custodial/visitation issues for one-and-a-half-year-old Eissa by having a nanny as a go-between. Well, a nanny took Eissa to Wissam, and apparently the nanny was so frightened by Wissam that she locked herself in a bathroom, and called Janet. Then this happened:
Jackson Jackson called the police on Saturday to check on the welfare of her son Eissa Al Mana, PEOPLE has confirmed. The 1-year-old child was with his father, Jackson’s estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana, at the Nobu hotel in Malibu, California, when Jackson called authorities around 10 p.m. PT on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Malibu Lost Hill’s Sheriff’s Station said.
“Deputies were there [and] called to the scene. They decided the child was okay and they left,” the spokesperson told PEOPLE. Jackson, 52, was not at the hotel at the time, authorities confirmed.
The pop star’s brother Randy Jackson told Entertainment Tonight — which first reported the news on Sunday — that Jackson was concerned after their nanny grew “terrified” by Al Mana’s behavior and “locked herself in a bathroom, so she could contact Janet.” A rep for Al Mana did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
What do you think? The way it’s being reported, it feels like… something shady is going on, possibly on both sides. On Janet’s side, maybe she’s just looking for an angle so that she can get full custody of Eissa. On Wissam’s side, maybe he really does scare the sh-t out of women, whether it’s Janet or the nanny or whoever. I don’t know. I feel like an a–hole for speculating about it, because it feels like there are some missing pieces to this story, so I guess we’ll see.
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