Pop icon Janet Jackson says she felt like a prisoner while she was with estranged husband Wissam Al Mana. According to her brother Randy Jackson, the 42-year-old multimillionaire "verbally abused" Janet, 51, and made her feel like a prisoner.
A source tells US Weekly: “Janet felt like a prisoner" in her own home. “Her life was sheltered," says the source.
Janet and Wissam welcomed a son, Eissa, in January. She moved out of their London home with her son soon after he was born.
The source said Janet was feeling vulnerable after her brother Michael Jackson died in 2009. Wissam came along at just the right time.
“He bailed her out (emotionally) and whisked her away to the Middle East… Janet lived a very lavish life with him,” says the source. “His money could afford them a lot of privacy, which was what she craved.”
As the chemistry faded from their relationship, amid rumors of Wissam cheating, Janet explored the idea of having a high-risk pregnancy.
“Janet was never very maternal before, but that changed with Wissam,” adds the insider. “He really wanted a baby and she was ready. She realized she found the right guy."
But she underestimated what Wissam really wanted; “a traditional wife who stuck with Muslim traditions” and cut off her family and former friends.
“Janet felt like she couldn’t be herself anymore,” says the source. “Janet felt like her music was suffering and she resented Wissam,” says the insider. “She couldn’t settle down and be what he wanted."
Janet is not interested in dating as she continues her State of the World tour around the United States.
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