It’s the beginning of the end.
Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana appeared in the Royal Courts of Justice in London Thursday to begin their divorce proceedings. The 51-year-old “That’s the Way Love Goes” singer left with her assistant and her legal team and looked to be “in great spirits,” an onlooker says. The 42-year-old Qatari businessman, meanwhile, exited without an entourage and appeared “somber.”
The former couple appeared in the only court where the media is not allowed.
A source believes the exes had a private meeting with Justice Anna Pauffley that began at 10 a.m. local time. Wissam was the first to leave at 4:10 p.m., followed by Janet 20 minutes later.
Janet and Wissam married in 2012, and five years later, they welcomed a son, Eissa Al Mana. Three months after Eissa’s birth, Janet’s rep told E! News the couple had decided to call it quits.
Janet addressed her breakup on YouTube last month, telling fans, “I just want to keep it real with you guys for a second. Yes, I separated from my husband. We are in court. And the rest is in God’s hands.” This was Janet’s third marriage, as was briefly married to singer James DeBarge in 1984; they split a year later and their union was later annulled. She then secretly married backup dancer turned music video director René Elizondo Jr. in 1991, but they split up in 2000.
As her latest divorce proceedings continue, Janet is relying more and more on her family. A few of her brothers are currently in London, and they’re excited to finally meet Eissa. “I haven’t seen him!” Jackie Jackson admitted on ITV’s Loose Women Friday. “While I’m here I’m going to see him. We’ve seen pictures.” Jermaine Jackson added, “I’ve heard him crying on the phone!”
Says a source, “She is getting ready for a big comeback.”