Janet Jackson Confirms Pregnancy at Age 50: ‘We Thank God for Our Blessing’

Mom’s the word! Janet Jackson officially confirmed her pregnancy at age 50 with a quote and a photo of her growing baby bump on Wednesday, October 12.

“We thank God for our blessing,” the star told People magazine in a statement.

In the image, Jackson looks stunning in a cream-colored, body-hugging knit dress and an open beige sweater. The R&B superstar cradles her pregnant belly with her right hand and puts the other on her left hip.

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Us Weekly previously reported in May that the Unbreakable star was expecting her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana, but the fiercely private singer has kept a low profile since announcing that she was under “doctor’s orders” to rest in April.

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Wissam Al Mana and Janet Jackson attend the Giorgio Armani fashion show during Milan Fashion Week on February 25, 2013. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

“Hey, you guys. On August 31 [2015], I launched the Unbreakable world tour,” Jackson began in her video message at the time. “First, I just want to thank all the fans for coming out to see the show.”

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“We’re in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change,” she continued. “I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour.”

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Janet Jackson attends amfAR’s 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2013. Dave M. Benett/amfAR13/Getty Images

On Tuesday, September 27, Jackson made a rare appearance in public when she stepped out to shop for baby furniture in London. An onlooker told Entertainment Tonight that the glowing mom-to-be arrived with her bodyguard, her assistant and two friends. The store shut down for Jackson’s private 45-minute visit, and the singer sat at a table with the staff to go over its products.

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The eyewitness also noted that the Grammy winner was checking out strollers during her shopping trip.

Jackson’s brother Jermaine Jackson previously told Us that he believes the entertainer will be a fantastic mother. “I’m proud to be an uncle, and I can’t wait to see how this baby is going to look,” he said. “She’ll be a great mother, because she is very tough, very strict.”

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