Janet Jackson shared the first public photo of her son Eissa on the same day that her estranged husband posted an impassioned note on his website.
Jackson gave birth to Eissa, her first child, on Jan. 3 at the age of 50. She and her husband, Wissam Al Mana, were married secretly in 2012. In 2013, they publicly confirmed the marriage, but after five years and one child together, they announced their separation, according to the Daily Mail.
On April 14, Jackson took to social media to share Eissa's first public photo, adding a caption: "My baby and me after nap time."
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On the same day, Al Mana took to his official website to post about love.
"To the most beautiful person in the world, thank you for your divine love, your eternal support and for being my best friend. I love you so much, inshallah we will be together in the Great Forever," he wrote.
Al Mana also shared a quote from the Quran, according to the Daily Mail:
You shall most certainly be tried in your possessions and in your person. And indeed you shall hear many hurtful things from those to whom revelation was granted before your time, as well as from those who have come to ascribe divinity to other beings beside Allah. But if you remain patient in adversity and conscious of Him - this, behold, is something to set one's heart upon. - 3:186.
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Jackson and Al Mana live in London, and a source told Us Weekly that they struggled to reconcile different lifestyles.
"Wissam wanted a wife who stuck more with the Muslim traditions," a friend of Jackson's said. "Even before the baby was born, they clashed and butted heads a lot."
While married to Al Mana, Jackson took a more conservative approach to her fashion choices, wearing flowing, figure-concealing outfits and head scarves instead of the often-revealing clothing she had in the past.
"She felt like she couldn't be herself anymore," the friend said. "[She] thought her career was suffering, and she started resenting Wissam for it. She couldn't settle down and be what he wanted her to be. Janet wanted more freedom."
Jackson also reportedly missed her family. Her mother Katherine Jackson visited London for two months after Eissa was born, but returned to Los Angeles on March 30.
"Janet loves Wissam, but she wants her life back," the friend said.
According to her friend, Jackson will seek primary custody of Eissa. She plans to split her time between Los Angeles and London, in a separate home from Al Mana.