Janet Jackson and her husband Wissam Al Mana have reportedly split. Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images
Janet Jackson and her husband Wissam Al Mana have reportedly split. Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images

Janet Jackson and Qatari husband reportedly split



Pop star Janet Jackson has reportedly called it quits with her Qatari businessman husband Wissam Al Mana.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the star, who gave birth to their son in January, has had an amicable spilt and will take guardianship of their son Eissa from her base in London.

A source told the newspaper that they were both busy people but determined to be good parents, even if they were apart. There was speculations during their union that Jackson had converted to Islam after marrying the Arab tycoon.

The couple met during one of Jackson’s Middle East tours in 2010 and were married in 2012. Jackson was previously married to musician James DeBarge for a year in 1984 and also to dancer Rene Elizondo Jr from 1991 until 2000.

Jackson gave birth to their son on January 3, and at the time a representative told People.com that they were thrilled to welcome him into the world.

Last year, the 50-year-old star uploaded a video to Twitter announcing that she was postponing her Unbreakable world tour because she was planning a family with Mana.

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Gender equality in the workplace still 200 years away

It will take centuries to achieve gender parity in workplaces around the globe, according to a December report from the World Economic Forum.

The WEF study said there had been some improvements in wage equality in 2018 compared to 2017, when the global gender gap widened for the first time in a decade.

But it warned that these were offset by declining representation of women in politics, coupled with greater inequality in their access to health and education.

At current rates, the global gender gap across a range of areas will not close for another 108 years, while it is expected to take 202 years to close the workplace gap, WEF found.

The Geneva-based organisation's annual report tracked disparities between the sexes in 149 countries across four areas: education, health, economic opportunity and political empowerment.

After years of advances in education, health and political representation, women registered setbacks in all three areas this year, WEF said.

Only in the area of economic opportunity did the gender gap narrow somewhat, although there is not much to celebrate, with the global wage gap narrowing to nearly 51 per cent.

And the number of women in leadership roles has risen to 34 per cent globally, WEF said.

At the same time, the report showed there are now proportionately fewer women than men participating in the workforce, suggesting that automation is having a disproportionate impact on jobs traditionally performed by women.

And women are significantly under-represented in growing areas of employment that require science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, WEF said.

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