Janet Jackson is continuing her late-period renaissance in all parts of her life. Just over a year after her comeback album Unbreakable surprised critics by actually being good, she’s given birth to her first child, Eissa Al Mana. Not bad for a 50-year-old.
The boy’s birth was officially confirmed by Jackson’s reps yesterday in a brief statement given to People magazine. “Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana are thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world,” the statement read, adding that the singer “had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably.”
Jackson only announced the pregnancy in October, although her comeback tour had been postponed earlier in 2016 with the explanation that she wanted to focus on “planning a family” with husband Al Mana, whom she married in 2012.
It remains to be seen what effect Eissa’s arrival will have on Jackson’s career. In 2015, she burst back onto the scene with a trinity of big events: the formation of her own record label, Rhythm Nation; her first new album in seven years; and a nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (She didn’t make it in, but there’s still plenty of time.)
Also unknown as yet are what musical aspirations Eissa has. Sure, he’s young, but if there’s one thing this family is known for, it’s getting started early.