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Lawd, the Juice! Jackson Family Insider Spills Tea About Janet’s ‘Abusive’ Marriage

*A Jackson family insider has spilled the tea about what really went on inside Janet Jackson’s troubled marriage to Wissam Al Mana.

The two met “at Dubai’s Armani Hotel opening in 2010,” and “they couldn’t be more different,” The Post notes, adding: “He was, the family source said, reserved and devoted to Islam. Al Mana, who had never been married and had no kids, headed his family’s Al Mana Luxury Group, which operates 55 companies in eight countries. Janet had been a performer, in her family’s Las Vegas show and variety TV series, since the age of 7, then went on to record some of the biggest hits of the 1980s and ’90s.”

“But,” a Jackson family source said, “when they met, their eyes locked and any apprehension . . . quickly dissipated. It was one of those love-at-first-sight-type things. They didn’t care about each other’s past.”

Janet, the source added, “said his eyes inspired her.” As for Al Mana, the insider said, he confided to friends that Janet was his “dream woman.”

“She’d buy him jackets with his initials inscribed, and he’d order treats from Switzerland and other places as a way of saying ‘Good morning, sweetheart.’

According to the Jackson source, Al Mana would dazzle Janet with his knowledge of architecture and talk about another of his hobbies: interior decorating.

“He’d tell Janet how architecture and interior design could convey so much,” said a source employed by the family. “It turned her on.”

Al Mana reportedly knew he couldn’t tame Janet so he was surprised when she quickly took to his conservative lifestyle.

“At least twice, she thought she was pregnant, and each time, she realized that she wasn’t, I’m not sure who was more disappointed…”

Also, as noted by a source to Us Weekly, “His money could afford them a lot of privacy, which was what she craved.”

Although she never converted, Al Mana’s friends, the family source said, noticed “Janet complying [with] Islamic traditions, including her dress with head coverings” and fasting during times of spiritual reflection.

Janet’s family, meanwhile, noticed “her not speaking out of turn when in the company of others. [Al Mana] took the lead.”

They had the marriage talk right away because “He really wanted a baby and Janet was ready,” the insider added. “She realized she found the right guy.”

As you know, Janet has had two failed previous marriages — to singer James DeBarge (1984 to 1985) and music-video director René Elizondo Jr. (1991 to 2000), as well as a seven-year relationship with music producer Jermain Dupri (2002-2009).

But finally deciding to get pregnant at 46 would not be easy for the singer.

“At least twice, she thought she was pregnant, and each time, she realized that she wasn’t, and I’m not sure who was more disappointed,” the family source said. Al Mana was having doubts about whether it could happen, while Janet was confident it would, another source said.

“The disappointments began to create cracks in the marriage, which was, in turn, causing issues within the Jackson family,” per The Post.

Janet’s hubby also required her to dress modestly during her “Unbreakable” concert tour in 2015, and when she played the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Al Mana allegedly dominated rehearsals, demanding his wife remain chaste: “No skin, no dry humping and none of that American [stuff],” according to the employee.

Janet’s father and former manager, Joe, argued that her fans expected to see (and deserved) “sexy” Janet. He blamed the lack of sold-out concerts on Al Mana’s controlling behavior and making tone down the sexy.

At home, the couple was so stressed about their failure to get pregnant that the two would await doctors’ verdicts so that “they could point the finger at one another as being the reason they couldn’t get pregnant.”

When Jackson announced she was “planning a family” last year, (in reality, she was already pregnant), the family source added, “that’s when the starry-eyed, ‘dream woman and ultimate man’ stories stopped and reality — a harsh reality — set in.”

As the pregnancy progressed, “s – – t hit the fan, the family source explained. “Janet usually ate well, exercised properly and kept herself looking good, but Wissam sort of freaked out, thinking she’d be this ‘fat pig.’ He was on her all the time about doing things right, eating right, as if she [weren’t] already.”

As her brother Randy has suggested, Al Mana verbally abused Janet.

“Her life was sheltered,” the confidant told Us Weekly. “Janet felt like a prisoner.”

Sources told The Post that, shortly after the Jan. 3 birth of the couple’s son, Eissa, Jackson left Al Mana, although they kept their seperation private until May.

The family insider explained how Randy orchestrated his sister’s departure from the London home she shared with Al Mana. With the help of their older sister Rebbie and mother Katherine, the trio gave Janet the strength to “leave her controlling husband,” the source added.

Janet and Al Mana have met in a London court to begin divorce proceedings, and Entertainment Tonight reported that Janet will be seeking full custody of Eissa.

In the meantime, Janet is back on the road touring, and at a concert in Houston a few weeks ago, she wept while performing the domestic violence-themed song, “What About.”

“This is me,” she told the crowd before belting out: “What about the times you hit my face? What about the times you kept on when I said, ‘No more, please’?”

Al Mana’s reps have said the billionaire businessman still loves Janet — who may get more than $200 million in a divorce settlement. They plan on co-parenting Eissa.

“Janet doesn’t regret Eissa at all. That child is the love of her life,” the family source said. “She is grateful that she can point to the baby as something good that came out of that marriage.”


First Lady Michelle Obama Receives the Official White House Christmas Tree

WASHINGTON. — First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the Official White House Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving.. This year’s tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Fraser fir grown by Jay and Glenn Bustard in Lansdale, Penn. Members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room since 1966. — Cheriss May


New Vision Academy Holds 5th Annual Career Day

Career Day speakers: Riverside Superior Courts, Mr. Mark Petersen, Mrs. Helen Bowden, Mrs. Mylene Green, Program Officer Mrs. Lynn Osorio, and CHP officer Mr. Jason Graham.

New Vision Academy held its fifth annual career day. This was the second year career day was integrated between the middle and elementary schools that makes up New Vision Academy. Students in grades kindergarten to eighth grade were given the opportunity to hear from different professionals.

Water District Community relations officer Stephanie Guida, presenting to New Vision Academy’s first grade class.

New Vision Academy is a K-8th grade charter school located in San Bernardino County. New Vision Academy holds a four-year partnership with UCLA BruinCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA. VISTA and BruinCorps are two programs with a mission to help fight poverty in low-income communities. Both programs are working with New Vision Academy to help promote a college going culture, with the goal of providing equal access to educational opportunities.

Career day not only raised students awareness about careers but it gave them an opportunity to learn and hear from different professionals, who emphasized the value of education and expressed the importance that excelling in academics, can have for a student’s futures.

Nurse Ransom presenting to New vision Academy’s 8th grade class.

Lucero Flores, 6th grader, said, “Career day was a really good experience. All the speakers were really nice and they said really great things about us, I am really thankful they came.”

There were a total of 26 professionals in attendance ranging from a variety of fields, such as nursing, art director, martial arts instructors, doctor, social workers, CHP Officer, nonprofit coordinators, business owners, epidemiologist, fitness instructor, US Army, program officer, and Valley College program assistant and student ambassadors. Also present was East Valley Water District’s Stephanie Guida, Community Relations Officer Riverside Superior Courts, Judge Petersen, Court Reporter Helen Bowden, and Interpreter Mylene Green.

Leadership Students Nydia Lozano and Jessica Martinez, presenting a certificate of appreciation to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ program officer Mrs. Lynn Osorio

Nydia Lozano, 7th grader, said, “As a student of New Vision Academy, I was really grateful to have such important people like Judge Peterson, and Mrs. Lynn Osorio come to our school.”

Each professional had the opportunity to give two 15 minute presentations that were followed by a 10 minute question and answer period, where the students were given the opportunity to ask questions on what they heard throughout the presentation.

Career Day speakers: Riverside Superior Courts, Mr. Mark Petersen, Mrs. Helen Bowden, Mrs. Mylene Green, Program Officer Mrs. Lynn Osorio, and CHP officer Mr. Jason Graham.

Ashley Sanchez, 8th grade, said, “I liked that nurse Mrs. Ransom came from an area similar to ours, she told us she never gave up and always followed her dreams because someone inspired her to continue with them. She wanted to give us the same message to inspire us and tell us to follow our dreams.”

New Vision Academy is working to improve their community, by provide their students with greater opportunities. They hold a strong mission of ensuring all students are equipped with the academic knowledge, skills, and positive character traits that will enable them to thrive in school, career, and life.

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