Janet & Wissam via Twitter

Looks like Janet Jackson is having a very merry Christmas. According to celeb glossy, Us Weekly, Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty) is trading in her single status for a Qatari billionaire who decided to put a ring on it.

US Weekly reports that Janet’s beau, 37-year-old Wissam Al Mana, popped the question with a “huge, expensive ring” that is so big Jackson is scared to wear it for fear it’ll get lost.

Word on the street is Jackson and Al Mana are gearing up for a multi-million-dollar Spring extravaganza that will include the entire Jackson clan, Al Mana’s family, and an gourmet menu created by a top chef. Sounds divine.

When Janet and Wissam jump the broom, it’ll be the music legend’s third trip down the aisle. She was briefly married to James DeBarge in the mid-1980s and Rene Elizondo from 1991-2000.

Here’s hoping that the third times the charm for Janet!

  • omfg

    congrats to janet. :)

    that’s if this is true of course.

  • kaya

    Janet Jackson fan here:
    If this is true, seeing how she’s been rumor to be engage to him for 2 years now, then much happiness her way<3

  • Chillyroad

    Prettiest smile in the world and he is very cute.

  • Sereen

    Congrats to Janet Jackson and her soon to be husband!

  • JOJO

    cha-ching $$$$

  • Black Man

    Congrats to Janet. Happy for you finding joy and happiness in your life.

    Compare these comments to the Michael Ealy post. You all really need to stop hating, being insecure and envious. smh

  • KGA25

    Get off the site if you don’t like the content/black women.

  • Anthony

    This must be the first time Janet Jackson actually announced an engagement instead of getting married in some sort of weird, secret situation. Congrats, and I hope she is very, very happy.

    I will say that Janet Jackson marrying a very rich Arab doesn’t make the average sister any hotter anymore than Michael Ealy marrying a Persian or Indian woman make the average sister any less attractive.

    At the end of the day, nothing these people do really impacts any of us personally. If that were the case, I would have ended up with a Melissa Harris Perry look a like since she married a fat and dark brotha!

  • WhatIThink

    LOL! I am just finding it funny how some folks pretend this thing about interracial relationships is so new considering the dating/relationship habits of the Jackson clan in particular and entertainers in general. Case in point, how many black on black celebrity weddings were there this year?

  • Joy

    Go Janet!! Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty

  • Joy

    Black: There is definitely a double standard when it comes to Black men with white women vs Black women with men of other races. And I don’t know why (some) women were trippin’ on Michael Ealy’s marriage …because he was never going to be with them anyway (even if he didn’t marry a Indian, or Arabian woman). Not sure of his wife’s ethicity

  • http://twitter.com/Author_JGail J. Gail (@Author_JGail)

    Congrats Janet!

  • Hmmmmm

    Oh, so we’re going to play dumb right now?? Of course there is a double standard. Now, why do you think that is, let’s see, perhaps it’s because BW/non BM pairs are rarely the norm in Hollywood, perhaps it’s because the minute a brother “gets on” it’s buh bye BW hello anything but.., perhaps it’s because even in real life, you’ll spot a BM/non BW pairing more than the reverse.

    The “Oh, my, why I don’t know why there’s a double standard” pearl clutching does not compute.

  • Anthony

    Hmmmmm, black nfemale entertainers have been marrying white men at least as far back as Josephine Baker. In Hollywood, Lena Horne, Pearl Bailey, Eartha Kitt, among others, married white men long before Jim Crow died. The bottom line is that entertainers married non-blacks is so old that frankly, we all look silly talking about it!

  • Chillyroad

    @kga25

    This isn’t your personal blog. You have no right to tell anyone to get off. He was making a comparison that even Stevie Wonder could spot. Most of the comments are positive well wishing toward Janet and her fiancée. The comments on the Micheal Ealy post were a complete disgrace and very immature. It’s got nothing to do with the writers of the blog or black women. Just a subset of Clutch’s audience that are massive hypocrites.

  • Dash

    Anthony: “At the end of the day, nothing these people do really impacts any of us personally.”

    Maybe not us brother, but I can’t help think what black kids think when they see a lot of their celebrity idols go out with EVERY other race apart from ….black!

    I dont think it sets a great example for them.

  • Chillyroad

    @Hmmm

    The fact that more black men are dating and marrying inter racially was no excuse for the vicious attacks against micheal Ealy and his wife. Was it so hard for everyone to just wish them well and move on? Is this what we should come to expect of black women’s spaces?

  • Treece

    Thank you!

  • Treece

    Love, love, love Janet!! Been a fan since day one (and I was like 4 years old). I sincerely hope that this time it’s forever and that she has finally found happiness. She deserves it. Best wishes to her and her new fiance : )

  • Kacey

    Isn’t Janet like 60 years old? I’m really not being mean, but doesn’t this man want [biological] children?

  • Treece

    But do you think it sets a good example for our kids to see thier celeb idols date and marry people who do not have good character?? Who beat them, or are materialistic, or that say terrible things on social media, or that don’t do anything to give back to thier communities?? Oh, but just as long as they are both Black right….

    People, please give this issue with interracial dating a rest. There are FAR more detrimental issues going on with us right now than whether or not we date and marry within the race. I am not saying that I advocate Blacks dating outside of the race exclusively (at the complete exclusion of other Black people), but I have absolutely no problem with people who keep thier options open when choosing a significant other.

  • Chillyroad

    Treece

    For the sake of our kids, lets throw our TVs out the window. Watching TV negatively impacts the self image of black children.

  • Anthony

    Remember, he is from Qatar, and Janet has been living there too. In Islam a man can have four wives, and I would not be surprised if he does not marry one or two young Muslim women for the purpose of reproduction.

  • Anthony

    I meant to say he will probably marry one or two younger Muslim women also.

  • nwadiuto1

    Lol…The Jacksons may be a little cookie but I doubt Janet would ever agree to such an arrangement.

    Some people just don’t want kids. She hasn’t had any herself even during her prime reproductive years of marriage so I’m guessing she found a mate that felt the same.

  • Tim

    The same black women who were complaining 2-3+ years ago about black men dating light skin BLACK women are the same women complaing about black men dating non black women while cheering on black women dating non black men.

    This is not about black men…… lol

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    PREACH!!!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    Hmmmmm,

    There has always been a much larger percentage of black women with non-black men in hollywood than the other way around. It’s not like that with the rest of the country, but in hollywood it is the reverse.

    You may not be playing dumb, but you probably should just look it up as to not sound that way. You could easily use google to find a list of interracial couples in hollywood. Interracial has been the norm in hollywood for decades. You can’t justify your double standard with fake numbers.

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    @Treece,

    unless black is synonymous with bad character, then it doesn’t make sense to suggest that we don’t want to see celebs with people with good character. How about other black people that have good character? Can’t we do both? Pointing out that there are worse images doesn’t make given bad images not worth criticizing. We can multi-task. Let’s criticize celebs that date folks with bad character (Chris Brown) too, not instead of.

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    DAMN, DAMN, DAMN!!!!!

  • Anthony

    It is not about whether you all think it’s a good idea or not, Jackson’s fiancée is a rich and powerful man from a polygamous culture. He will probably want an heir if he does not already have one. For all we know, he may have a wife and children already. Janet would never have to live or deal with his other families unless she sought them out.

  • Tim

    Interesting that the only man women on clutch want to make comments also the only man complaining about Janet’s happiness.

  • Treece

    @ Ravi
    You misunderstand me….I was trying to say that if we are looking at celeb couples as role models for relationships, wouldn’t it be more important for them to model good relationships regardless of color. i was not trying to imply that a BM/BW couple would not exemplify good character. Not at all. I was trying to point out to Dash that just because a Black child’s Black “idol” (I don’t even like that word) is dating/marrying someone that is not also Black, that doesn’t mean that they are a “good example” for that child. Basically on a list of priorities, a person that has good character should be placed above one that is the same race as you (Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, whatever your race is)….

  • Honest

    @Tim

    Truth!!!

  • Honest

    @Black Man

    Good catch

    @Chilly Road

    Thanks for calling these female dogs out. They need to get off the black man’s jock.

    BW need to support black male’s when they find love where ever & vice versa.

  • http://www.ohsofreshmusic.com Editor

    Amen!

  • Jaslene

    Then what is it about?

  • Bosslady

    I agree with Black Man and Chillyroad, stark antithesis to the comments seen on the Michael Ealy post…That’s a problem.

    However, congrats Janet!!! She looks so happy and in love. She appears to have such a lovely spirit.

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    Seems you misread that. Where did I make any complaints about Janet’s happiness? It’s not her happiness that is bothering me.

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    I didn’t think you were implying that. Quite to the contrary, I thought you weren’t implying it. I’m saying that unless it were true that black equated to bad character, then you were presenting a false choice. You are saying that instead of focusing on the race of the would be mate, focus on the character. But that is a false choice. I can make separate decisions based on race and character. I’m saying that we shouldn’t assess the importance of these things in relation to one another. Good character is important, but so is role modeling instances of black love. Even if we put character issues higher on the priority list, that doesn’t mean we should ignore all but the highest priority items on the list.

  • KGA25

    @Honest, Blackman, Chillyroad, hold hands and jump off a bridge. Please for the sake of the Human race!!!

  • Keepitreal

    So you’re purposely forgetting that she was in a relationship for 7 years w/ a dark, short, out of shape, not to mention ugly man by the name of Jermain Dupri?

    Anyway, congrats to Ms. Jackson.

  • Treece

    @ Ravi

    “You are saying that instead of focusing on the race of the would be mate, focus on the character. But that is a false choice. I can make separate decisions based on race and character. I’m saying that we shouldn’t assess the importance of these things in relation to one another. Good character is important, but so is role modeling instances of black love. Even if we put character issues higher on the priority list, that doesn’t mean we should ignore all but the highest priority items on the list.”

    I’m not saying “instead of” anything….what I am saying is that I choose to make character a more important factor in mate choice than race. Race does not matter to ME (maybe I should not have generalized). A nice guy is a nice guy and race is not something I use to discriminate when I date, nor would I insist/encourage my child to do so.

    Let me just say this, if what you want to model to your child are examples of god relationships, then it’s up to you as a parent to expose your child to those examples. There are still examples of Black love out there that are positive. It is the parent’s (family’s) responsibility to lead that charge. But if you want to be angry at a celebrity for dating outside thier race (as Dash seems to be) b/c you think they aren’t setting a good example for your child…..then you seriously have it twisted.

    We (human beings in general) do what we think is best for us, and helps us live our own best life. If Janet is happy with this particular man (she HAS dated and married Black men before. El Debarge is Black/biracial and JD is Black) then why should she or any other Black celeb feel like they have to exemplify a positive image of Black love for YOUR children?

    As far as the whole priority thing, I do feel that good character, morals that are congruent to my own, and things like intelligence and personality trump race. That is my opinion. I personally think that on MY list of priorities good character trumps race. In other words, if presented with a situation where I meet someone who is not Black, and he is a person of good character (considering I also find him attractive), I won’t let his race get in the way of whether or not I decide to pursue a relationship. I don’t have kids, but I would never find myself commenting on anyone else’s interracial relationship based on the fact that I don’t think they are “setting a great example” for MY kids. I’m the one that’s supposed to be setting a good example of a loving relationship. The people in my family do that. That is my point in all this.

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    I get that you prioritize good character over race, but that’s not what you started out saying. You didn’t just say that good character is a more important consideration. The mere fact that you mentioned good character being a more paramount trait for consideration, when no one suggested that it shouldn’t be, directly implies that it should be the consideration instead of race. No one ever suggested that bad character was an acceptable attribute to be showcased yet you said ” Oh, but just as long as they are both Black right….” Why make this statement? He never said that as long as the person was black then nothing else matters

    Then you went on to say “People, please give this issue with interracial dating a rest. There are FAR more detrimental issues going on with us right now than whether or not we date and marry within the race.”

    you didn’t say that the interracial thing is less of an issue or a lower priority for you personally. You were telling everyone else to give it a rest.

    I get that you personally don’t prioritize race, and that’s fine. But when you tell others to stop focusing on it in favor of things you deem more important, then you are saying we should focus on good character instead of race.

    What you are saying now about what is a priority for YOU is very different than what you were saying earlier. What people say about Janet is a completely different issue. No one ever said that Janet shouldn’t be free to pursue whatever relationship she wants. That has nothing to do with the impact that it might have on the way people think. Just because she is free to do something doesn’t mean it is free of ill consequences.

    As for kids, it is impossible to escape the impact entertainers and famous people have on the way kids are socialized. Parents can not negate the effects of the socializations brought on by different forms of media and popular culture without completely insulating their kids from them. It may not be the chief factor in a child’s socialization, but it will have an impact.

  • Beautiful Mic

    Janet Jackson was raised out in Hollywood where black men gravitate towards light skinned minority and white women. Her brothers and father did. Her father ridiculed his own children over their features.

    We clearly see why Janet went outside her race to date, or date light-skinned – she is a product of local Hollywood culture. She experienced abuse in the process. And the one brown skinned boyfriend we know of her having dogged her.

    I still have my criticism about that family being so color struck, but my heart goes out to her. I am happy for her because, apparently, she’s been through so much and this is a long time coming. I hope she’s finally found the love of her life and I hope he treats her right.

  • Chillyroad

    So… Nothing to do with her fiancée being a nice loving guy who is super attractive and rich. She is just your run of the mill abused mule black women who was forced into the arms of her non black saviour? I’m starting to really hate Clutch. The level of pathology at this place is just too much.

  • Misty_Moonsilver

    Well said Chilly.

  • Michele

    I’m a long time Janet fan but I will wait until Miss Jackson confirms an engagement with Wissam. US Weekly is what I thumb through at the nail salon.The articles are full of quotes from “sources” and “sources close to” then little tidbits are added in to make a complete story. We all know Janet rarely divulges much about her personal life. If she is engaged then good for her. She appears very happy with Wissam and he appears to feel the same.

  • Anthony

    He may be very nice and certainly is rich. He worship the ground Janet Jackson walks on too. Still, he is not a Westerner. He is a very rich and powerful man from a country with a traditional Arab culture (although not super conservative like Saudi Arabia.) I honestly don’t know why their is such surprise at the notion he is likely a polygamist, especially since Janet Jackson is probably past the stage of easy and safe childbirth. If you look at Janet Jackson’s marriage history, none of her relationships looked “normal,” she might very well be cool with a husband with one or two younger wives that can give him children.

    I don’t know what the inside story is, but when others talk about how nice and kind he is, those statements are based on speculation just like mine.

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