Janet Jackson has fully embraced her newest role: parenthood.
The pop superstar welcomed her first child, son Eissa, with now-ex Wissam Al Mana in January 2017. And in an exclusive new cover story with Billboard, Jackson gives a rare peek inside her life as a mom — including which musician little Eissa first exhibited an affinity toward.
“Bruno was really the first music my son responded to,” says Jackson, 52, who picks up her State of the World Tour again with an appearance at New Orleans’ ESSENCE Festival on July 8.
“During and after his birth, I comforted myself with Brazilian jazz, music that always relaxes me,” she adds. “Then when the baby began crawling, Bruno was breaking out big and on the radio all the time. That delighted both of us.”
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Jackson says that her baby boy, even in his short time on Earth, has already taught her how much love she truly has to give, as well as how far it has the potential to reach.
“ has showed me that love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper. Love is limitless,” she explains.
“And for someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else,” adds the “Rhythm Nation” singer.
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