It’s official—Janet Jackson is pregnant.
Jackson confirmed to People magazine that she is expecting her first child at the age of 50.
“We thank God for our blessing,” she told the magazine.
Jackson also posed for a photo where she is seen holding her growing baby bump.
There has been much speculation that Jackson was pregnant, but until now, there was no official word from the “All For You” singer. In April, she announced that she was planning a family with her husband Wissam Al Mana, which meant she had to postpone her Unbreakable World Tour.
“We’re in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change,” said Jackson in a video posted to her Twitter account. “I thought it was important that you would be the first to know my husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour.”
Jackson added, “Please, if you can try to understand that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue to tour as soon as I possibly can.”
Two weeks prior to Jackson’s 50th birthday in July, rumors circulated that Jackson was expecting.
Jackson’s older brother, Jermaine Jackson, confirmed the news in an interview with Us Weekly back in May.
“My sister Janet is my baby. She is fine but she’s having a baby,” he said. “A baby having a baby. We look at her like our little baby. And now she’s grown-up and she’s having a baby. I’m proud to be an uncle and I can’t wait to see how this baby is going to look,” he said.
Jackson’s modus operandi is to keep a low-profile, and has stayed true to that throughout her pregnancy. However, the first-time mom-t0-be was photographed in London on Sept. 27 at baby furniture store Back in Action. Jackson was dressed comfortably in sweatpants, a black sweater, and sneakers.
Jackson secretly married Al Mana, 41, in 2012.