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Actress Laura Linney Had a Baby at Age 49 but Unlike Janet Jackson, Kept it Quiet

When Actress Laura Linney gave birth at 49 she had escaped all the excessive scrutiny and blow back that 50-year old Janet Jackson got when the singer announced last month that she was pregnant with her first child.

During an appearance on Live with Kelly (with co-host, husband Marc Consuelos), Linney explains that she wasn’t purposefully keeping it a secret but because it took her so long to finally successfully conceive and carry a child to term, she didn’t want to jinx it.

“I wanted to make sure that my child actually arrived, and was safe and healthy,”the John Adams HBO series star told Kelly Ripa.

She also clarified that she wasn’t purposefully hiding the pregnancy, but didn’t advertise it either. It’s just I “didn’t have a sign that said, ‘Hi, I’m pregnant now,” she added.

“I was just very, very quiet about it — I didn’t hide it intentionally, I just didn’t advertise it,” she added. “So, it was the right thing for me and my family…

The Love Actually actress also  that no one ever questioned her about her pregnancy either.

On the flip side, after Jackson announced she was carrying her own child and not using a surrogate as many people assumed given Jackson’s age, the actress/Jackson family royalty was roasted by all the critics [read: members of the public] who thought she was too old and selfish for welcoming a child so late in her life.




Janet Jackson is Planning a Family; Not all World Tour Fans Happy with the News

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Janet Jackson is starting her family and the news is not sitting too well with all of her fans.

This morning, on her Twitter account and Facebook accounts, she announced to them that she will be halting the second leg of the tour to support her 11th album, “Unbreakable”, to “plan” a family.


“We’re in the second leg of the tour, and there actually has been a sudden change. I thought it was important that you be the first to know,” she said. “My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour.”

Not all replied to the news with joy and congratulations. Some expressed disappointment because it has been over a decade since the youngest of the popular musical Jackson family released an album or went on tour. She had previously delayed to start of the Summer 2015 when her dad was temporarily ill and then delayed it again, mid-tour, when she was advised to have surgery last December 2015.

One commenter on her Facebook version of the announcement wrote: “Why plan a tour for a specific year and for specific dates if you know you were wanting to start a family? Congratulations to you and your husband and I send my best wishes to you both but I still think it’s extremely unfair that us UK fans missed out on seeing you and it’s obvious those dates won’t be rescheduled as we got our money back. It’s not really fair is it?”

Another wrote: “Starting a family the same year you come out with a new album after 7 years of silence. Great choice. I wish you all the best in your life but your credibility has gone honey. You sound like a robot btw. I have a feeling your husband is owning you, really hope i’m wrong. So long.”

Jackson plead for understanding in her video.

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“Please, if you can, try to understand that it’s important that I do this now,” she continued. “I have to rest up; doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can.”

Jackson turns 50 this May. At that advanced age, Jackson’s doctor is correct to recommend she rest up. This is the case whether it is to ease the chances of her becoming pregnant, if she is undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization) or other treatment to conceive herself or avoid a miscarriage or other complications, if she is already pregnant.

She did not confirm whether she is actually preggers on the video.

Many other fans supported her decision and admonished those who were not as supportive.

“Congratulations Janet!!! A baby any fan who can’t understand that isn’t worth having. I’ve been a fan sinve I was a little girl and i love the idea of Janet Jackson having a legacy not only in music and entertainment but life for you i hope you allow us to enjoy this miracle with you. Love always and forever #RhythmNation #JanetJacksonlegacy” a respondent commented.

Jackson is married to Arab fashion tycoon Wissam Al Mana. This is her third marriage. She was married very briefly to James DeBarge in her early 20s and for a longer period of time to Rene Eizondo. Neither of those marriages produced any children.

Before this third delay, the tour, Pollster listed i among one of the top 20 highest-earning tours, BBC notes.

Unlike previous tours where the platinum selling singer wears and arrangement of sexy and revealing clothing, she has performed fully covered during this tour as her husband is from a Muslim country where modesty is mandatory for women.

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Jackson last played at the Dubai World Cup on 26 March.

We support all pregnancies and love babies at Bellyitch and so we are wishing her nothing but success and health in this new journey to motherhood!

Congrats, Janet!

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