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Janet Jackson Welcomes First Child, Son, Eissa Al Mana

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Congratulations to Janet Jackson who gave birth to her first child, a son, today, Tuesday, January 3, a rep told PEOPLE magazine.

This is the first baby for Jackson and her husband since 2012, Qatari business tycoon Wissam al Mana. The couple have decided to name him Eissa al Mana.  Her rep

The couple kept the pregnancy pretty private throughout, though they were spotted out and about in the UK doing some baby shopping, and a spokesperson later revealed that the pop icon was excited about become a mom.

This summer, the “Design of the Decade” singer announced to fans via social media that she had plans to put off her “Unbreakable” tour to focus on carrying her child, which at age 50, would require care, as can be imagined.

Despite persistent rumors that she and ex husband James DeBarge had a child during their marriage, the evidence, as we reported on the blog late last year, does not support any of the theories, or speculation that their would-be child was raised by a sibling.

Congrats to the happy couple and the new arrival. Welcome to the world, Eissa!

Mom-to-Be Janet Jackson is Trending for an Odd Reason

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I can’t believe Janet Jackson is trending for something so common as bed rest. The pop star is expecting her first child at age 50 and bed rest can be expected with high-risk pregnancies of women of advanced age. The gossip press is saying she is hiding from the public because of the baby’s health.

Also, “insiders” to the gossip blogs are reporting to the press that the “Unbreakable” singer has “ballooned” to 250 pounds and fears being seen in the public. Given that excessive weight gain is also not uncommon for first time moms –to-be (celebrity or not), I could easily see why she may be hesitant about being judged and attacked in the press and social media. Jackson has had a history of fluctuating weight and recently, she’s been at a healthy and curvy size during her concert tour.  With working in an industry that prioritizes beauty and size, it should come as no surprise that she is shielding herself away from the public eye, if it is true that she has put on a lot of pregnancy weight.

I’ve also seen people in social media hypothesize that she may be laying low because she is using a surrogate and doesn’t want anyone to see her without a pregnant belly. I highly doubt that scenario for a couple of reasons : 1) there is no shame in surrogacy as many women have welcomed babies into their lives that way; and 2) she never said she was carrying the baby herself (her brother did) and therefore there would be no “lie” to run away from if it was true.

In any event, my thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Jackson and her husband for a healthy pregnancy and safe labor and delivery.