Janet Jackson, the younger sister to the late pop star, Michael Jackson is pregnant with her first child at the age of 49.
The news comes about a month after the pop star announced she was stopping her Unbreakable world tour because she and her husband, Wissam Al Mana, “are planning our family.”
She added she had to “rest up—doctor’s orders” but did not specify if she was expecting a child, if she and Al Mana were trying to conceive or if they planned on adopting.
A source told E! News Wednesday Janet is in her second trimester of pregnancy and that she and Al Mana have been working with a fertility specialist for a while.
It is extremely rare for women Janet’s age to become pregnant naturally. Those that do conceive typically do so via IVF, using their own eggs they had had frozen during their childbearing years, donor eggs from younger women or embryos made from donor eggs.
Janet and Al Mana, a 41-year-old Qatari billionaire and businessman, wed in 2012.
Janet had also halted her tour in December, saying she had to undergo surgery, without elaborating. Weeks later, she denied rumors she had cancer. Her last concert was in Dubai at the end of March.
In September 2009, on the heels of her breakup with longtime boyfriend and record producer Jermaine Dupri, Janet talked to Harper’s Bazaar about her wish to have children.
“Sure, I’d adopt,” she said. “And I think that if I’m really supposed to have kids, it will happen, if that’s God’s plan for me.”
Janet also told Harper’s Bazaar she would not encourage her kids to go into entertainment “unless it was something they really wanted to do. If they knew what they were up against.”
The baby news comes the same day as Janet’s mother Katherine Jackson’s 86th birthday, days before Mother’s Day this Sunday and less than two weeks before the singer’s own 50th birthday on May 16.