Singer Janet Jackson, the wealthiest of the surviving Jackson children, is trending with many looking at her 2017 divorce from Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana.
Critics are re-examining the couple’s split and the unusual prenuptial agreement the two allegedly had in place, posing the question, “Did the ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately’ singer marry for love or for a $200 million come up?”
Jackson and Al Mana Meet and Marry
Jackson met Al Mana in 2010 at a hotel opening in Dubai. The two instantly clicked and started dating that year. Within two years, the couple married in what the singer described to ET Online as a “quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony.”
In 2017, Jackson and Al Mana welcomed their son Eissa into the world, three months before the two would announce to the world that they would be separating and divorcing.
Celebrity couples breakup in Hollywood don’t make for major news. However, this one piqued public interest because of the details of their prenuptial contract.
Celebrity Prenups Are Common
Based on research conducted by the Marriage Foundation in the UK, celebrities frequently experience a divorce rate of 40 percent within a decade.
This rate is twice as high as that of the general population, where only one in five couples, or 20 percent, end up getting divorced after the same period. Additional studies have indicated the possibility of an even higher divorce rate among celebrities, with some estimates surpassing 50 percent.
Even Beyoncé and Jay-Z are believed to have a prenup.
Prior to getting married, the two allegedly entered into an agreement that said Jay Z is obligated to pay Beyoncé an additional $5 million for each child they have, along with a supplementary $1 million for every year they remain married. The couple currently has three children.
Jackson’s Alleged $200 Million Prenup
The New York Post reported the marital contract between Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana stipulated Jackson would receive $100 million if their marriage lasted for at least five years and that she would get an additional $100 million if they became parents.
When the two announced their separation, Jackson and Al Mana had been wed slightly over five years, and were parents to one son.
Celebrity divorce lawyer Vikki Ziegler said in an interview with E! News that if the prenuptial agreement was true, it would not be a huge deal for Al Mana.
According to Ziegler, “$200 million tax-free would be a huge chunk of money, but for someone that’s worth $1 billion it may not be as big of impact. When people are entering into prenuptial agreements they need to consider what their net worth is at the time, and then in the event of divorce, if they can be self-supporting. I think here Janet has enough money to take care of herself, so there’s definitely no alimony.”
If there is any monetary award, it may be a formalized agreement to take care of Eissa.
“In this case with such high net-worth individuals, this child’s lifestyle will be nothing short of royalty,” Ziegler said.
“Expect to see a high price tag on the child support award, which is not taxable to either party, so it’s a net amount each month. Assuming Janet is the primary parent in decision-making over the child’s day-to-day health welfare and education, she would receive the chunk of money on behalf of the child,” the lawyer continued.
As social media trolls attempted to paint Jackson as a conniving gold-digger, her friends defended her saying the split was not an issue of her trying to increase her wealth, but as an act to liberate herself. They allege Al Mana was extremely controlling of her life, career, and even how the singer sought to raise their child.
This was substantiated by one of her security guards, who said, “She loves to be in control. She ceded that control [in marriage] and she was not happy about it.”
Others also chimed in, saying it was just not in her character to agree to something like that. Her friend Gil Duldulao went to war with people online who thought she might.
“Even if there was a possibility that my friend could make 500 mil off of having a child. She would never accept a pay out or want a pay out. That’s the human being I know,” her creative director said in a now-deleted post.
It does not seem that she took the payout if it did exist. Currently, her net worth is estimated to be $180 million.