In an interview with People Magaazine, Janet Jackson‘s older brother Steven ‘Randy’ Jackson alleged that his sister suffered verbal abuse and felt like a prisoner in her own home during her marriage to London-based Qatari billionaire businessman, Wissam Al Mana.
Jackson and Al Mana who wed in 2012, are currently in a divorce and custody battle over their son, Eissa, who was welcomed this year. Randy said;
“There’s a lot of pain. Janet’s been through a lot with her divorce. I’ve been through a lot, we all have. It was quite an abusive situation. It came on later in the relationship, verbal abuse and being [made to feel like] a prisoner in her own home. No pregnant woman needs to go through being called a bitch everyday. There were things like that. That’s what she went through.”
Their parents; Katherine and Joe Jackson were initially shielded from what was going on but now know.
“I didn’t want them to know. My parents are up there in age so I wanted to protect them as much as possible, but now they know. Everybody in the family knows,” Randy said.
In a statement released to People, attorneys for Jackson’s estranged husband reacted, saying;
“Mr. Al Mana is not going to dignify these particular and deeply hurtful allegations with a response. The breakdown of his marriage to Janet Jackson is a cause of great sadness to Mr. Al Mana, and it is the wellbeing and privacy of their son, Eissa, that remains his sole focus.”