Janet Jackson confirms she married fiance Wissam Al Mana 'last year'
Janet Jackson confirmed on Monday, February 25, that she married fiance Wissam Al Mana in a ceremony "last year."
The 46-year-old singer also shot down rumors of an "extravagant wedding" on her website.
"The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony," Jackson said in a statement on her website. "Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children's charities."
The statement ended, "We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy. With love, Wissam and Janet."
Jackson's engagement to Mana, a billionaire from Qatar, was reported in late December, although the singer never confirmed the news.
Mana and Jackson, who was in 2007 worth $150 million, according to Forbes, have been dating for more than two years. In October 2010, he and Jackson were also rumored to have gotten engaged. The singer denied this, in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America." The National Enquirer tabloid has reported at least three times since April 2011 that the couple planned to marry in his country.
This marks Jackson's third marriage. The singer married for the first time in 1984. She and R&B singer James DeBarge eloped when she was 18 years old. They called it quits and had their marriage annulled after eight months.
In 1991, Jackson married Rene Elizondo, also a singer. He filed for divorce in 2000. It was finalized three years later following a dispute over spousal support. Forbes said he reportedly received about $10 million in a divorce settlement.
Mana is an executive at the Qatar-based, family-run Al Mana Group, which operates businesses in the automotive, computer, construction and fashion fields. He helps run the Al Mana Luxury Company, which represents brands such as Chloe, Christian Dior, A/X Armani Exchange, Stella McCartney Limited and Balenciaga.