45-year-old star began dating Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana, 36, in 2009. They have kept their romance largely out of the limelight although it’s been claimed they are secretly engaged.
Wissam is said to have popped the question last year, presenting the singer with a 15 carat diamond ring. However, at the time Janet was preparing for her Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour and wanted to focus on that. The American leg of shows finished on September 1, and the star now feels ready to focus on marriage.
“Now Janet’s telling friends that an official engagement will come by summer’s end, and that she and Wissam will marry in late 2011 – and they’re shopping for an even bigger diamond ring to celebrate their official engagement,” a source told National Enquirer magazine.
The pair are said to be “head over heels” in love, with Janet crediting Wissam with boosting her self-confidence. She has lost weight since being with him and after telling of her battle to accept her body now finally feels happy with her appearance.
According to Hello Beautiful, Wissam proposed to Janet for the first time last fall, presenting her with a 15-carat engagement ring, but the 45-year-old performer said no. She wanted to focus solely on her upcoming concert tour at that time.
Janet Jackson is now telling friends that the two are busy shopping for an even larger engagement ring for her to wear, and that a wedding is most definitely in the plans. This should be a nice change for the entire Jackson family. They have been wrought with angst of various forms since the death of Michael Jackson. A wedding would give the family a happy occasion for which to come together.
Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana do want a family, too. And while Janet hopes she can conceive naturally, she is mindful of her age and the repercussions that can result from having waited so long. The two haven't ruled out adoption as a possibility.
It certainly sounds like congratulations are in order for Janet Jackson on either her engagement or her impending engagement to Wissam Al Mana. Hopefully that rock is huge and the plans for the wedding culminate in a perfectly joyous occasion.