By Gemma Greene, blackdoctor.org
According to Radar Online, Janet Jackson is naming her son after her late brothers.
The little boy will be named “Michael Brandon,” honoring both the King of Pop and Marlon’s twin brother, Brandon, who died at birth.
“Janet will honor both Michael and Brandon,” a family insider said. “It’s something that her husband, Wissam Al Mana, agreed to when she got pregnant.”
Wissam, who the source described as a “traditional Muslim who believes the man makes all of the decisions and the wife must abide by them,” reportedly gave “permission” for Jackson to name the boy after her brothers. However, the little boy will still have a Muslim first and last name.
“Michael Brandon will be in the middle,” the source explained. “The child will have a name given by Wissam, and will take Wissam’s last name.”
During the summer of 2016, superstar Janet Jackson was spotted for the first time with her beautiful pregnant belly. It’s been nearly four months since the singer revealed she was pregnant.
“She’s doing very well,” Janet’s older brother Tito told PEOPLE.com. “She’s taking it easy. [She’s] hoping for a healthy baby.”
“Janet is very well pregnant,” Tito continued. “She’s doing very well. She’s taking it easy. As you know, she’s off tour. She’s protecting her health.”
“I couldn’t tell you [when she’s due], but I know she’s hoping for a healthy baby,” he added. “She doesn’t know what she’s going to have — a boy or a girl — but she just wants a healthy baby.”
News of Janet’s pregnancy broke in May, a month after she announced she will delay the European leg of her Unbreakable world tour. The singer had said at the time that she Al Mana were planning a family.
“We’re in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change,” Janet told fans in April. “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,” the 50-year-old Janet revealed. “Please, if you can try to understand that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor’s orders.”
Believe it or not, getting pregnant after 50 is a growing trend in the United States. But while technology supports this lifestyle choice, does our society?
Nonetheless, statistics point to a sharp uptick in moms who are having babies later in life. In 2013, 13 babies were born each week to moms age 50 and older. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, births by women between the ages of 50 and 54 increased by more than 165 percent from 2000 to 2013.
Actually, most women who get pregnant at age 50 do so with the help of in vitro fertilization. And given that the average age for menopause is 51, older moms typically use donor eggs of younger women in order to conceive.
Here’s to wishing Janet a continued healthy pregnancy!