What? Different values matter in a marriage?
Janet Jackson has split from her marriage to Wissam Al Mana, and a family confidant is talking. The source spoke to US Magazine and said that Jackson ‘felt like a prisoner’.
Is that a surprise?
There is a distinct difference in the role of women in Islamic cultures and those in the West.
For a fiercely independent woman like Jackson, the culture shock must have been truly shocking.
The source describes Jackson as ‘sheltered’ and isolated from her former confidants.
During her five-year marriage to Qatari business tycoon Wissam Al Mana — she confirmed their separation in May — Jackson “felt hidden from family and friends,” a Jackson family confidant says in the new issue of Us Weekly. “Her life was sheltered.”
And emotionally taxing. According to her brother Randy, the billionaire, 42, verbally abused his 51-year-old wife, who welcomed son Eissa in January. Claims the Jackson source, “Janet felt like a prisoner.”
The provocative singer eased up on her sexualized performances and began to dress more conservatively. Al Mana really wanted a baby, and although Jackson was never very maternal, she thought it was the right time with the right person.
But her instincts were wrong. Al Mana’s desire for “a traditional wife who stuck with Muslim traditions” began to influence his wife, claims the Jackson source. She started to wear burkas — full-length, loose-fitting outer garments — and to steer clear of her former confidants.
“Janet felt like she couldn’t be herself anymore,” says the source. The restrictions flowed into her career as well. Though she canceled her Unbreakable world tour in April 2016 to focus on her pregnancy, “Janet felt like her music was suffering and she resented Wissam,” says the insider. “She couldn’t settle down and be what he wanted.”
Source: US Magazine
Finally, Jackson had enough.
She put her foot down and decided to reclaim her life.
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