We all knew the singer, part of the famous Jackson clan, was having a baby. Her brothers had confirmed it, paparazzi had taken shots of her burgeoning belly – we’ve just been waiting for Janet to announce it herself.
And finally, in her third trimester, the 50-year-old singer has taken part in an exclusive photo shoot with People in the US. “"We thank God for our blessing," she told the magazine.
There has been on-stop speculation that Janet and her husband, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, were expecting since she posted a video on Twitter announcing she was cancelling her tour. “I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family, so I'm going to have to delay the tour."
Since then she has kept a low profile and only last month was spotted looking pregnant and road-testing prams in London.
Details on how she conceived – naturally, through IVF or using donor eggs – have not been revealed but it’s important to note that the chances of getting pregnant naturally or via IVF with your own eggs are extremely rare.
Australia’s Sonia Kruger had a baby at 50 but openly admitted she used donor eggs.
But for those out there who think they’re 50 so can ditch all birth control, be very careful. Last year Australian Women’s Weekly ran a story about Anthea Nicholas, a semi- retired Gold Coast real estate agent who, at 50, almost certainly is the oldest woman in Australia ever to fall pregnant naturally and give birth to her first child.
"It truly is a miracle," said her obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Andrew Cary, who has delivered thousands of babies. “"The chances of Anthea conceiving must be the one-in-several-million and then to get through everything she did along the way, I would definitely call the fact we have a healthy baby a miracle."
Read her full and amazing story here.