People Magazine reported that the gorgeous couple tied the knot last summer in a private ceremony. The two chose not to exchange wedding gifts, but instead donate to each other’s favorite children’s charities. How beautiful, and of course so appropriate. As rich as they both are, what could they give each other that they don’t already have or haven’t already given?
Truth be told, I am not surprised that Janet got married without public knowledge of the nuptials. In spite of her being recognizable all over the world, she has been able to keep some aspects of her life private. Her two previous marriages were done quietly. She kept them a secret for quite some time.
Janet eloped in 1984 when she wed her first husband, 1980’s R&B singing group and family member James DeBarge. No one knew of the marriage until there were reports about the marriage being annulled. I am huge Janet Jackson fan. Back then I liked to keep up with what she was doing. I heard about the marriage and the annulment at the same time. I remember thinking Annulment? Really? Who knew she was even married?
By the time the media found out about their union, Janet and James had been married for about a year. The two divorced shortly after their marriage went public amongst reports that her family was not happy, and insisted that she end the marriage. Rumors were flying around that James DeBarge was knocking her around.
In 1991 Janet did it again. She married her backup dancer Rene Elizondo. The public didn’t find out about that marriage until almost 10 years later when Rene filed for divorce. Why he divorced her isn’t clear. But what is clear is that Janet upgraded Rene Elizondo for sure. He went from a backup dancer to being the husband of one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She gave him songwriting credit on almost all of her albums during the time that they were married. That credit translated into big bucks for Rene. Word is that that he cheated on her repeatedly.
This time Janet decided to step up above her multi-million pay grade. Her new husband Wissam is a 37 year old Middle Eastern business tycoon worth only about $1 billion dollars. He is one of the richest luxury retail investors in the Middle East. He along with his 3 brothers own the Al Mana Retail Luxury Company. The company represents some of the hottest designer fashion around the world. Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Balenciaga and Roberto Cavalli to name a few. He owns stock in Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Dubai, Bahrain and Kuwait. He also owns an Armani Exchange flagship store in Qatar.
During an interview with VMAN Magazine In November 2011 when asked if the two were dating, Al Mana said "I don't date Janet Jackson. She is my girlfriend; there is a difference. She is a very special and talented woman who never ceases to amaze me. When asked if he is with his dream? “I think a man's dream woman changes as he goes through different stages in his life. I'm fortunate to be dating my dream woman now.”
I am happy for her. Janet loves hot men. I mean she is successful and rich so she doesn’t need to marry for money. If only marrying someone gorgeous could guarantee her a happy marriage. Her two ex-husbands were good looking as well. But Wissam doesn’t only have good looks, he is fine and wealthy.
We will all have to see what the future holds for Janet Jackson. But if it ends up that she has to again live in a dog house, it might as well be the glorious one Wissam Al Mana owns. Too Cynical. What can I say, I am getting older. LOL