Janet Jackson Biography, Age, Family, Height, and Net Worth

Janet Jackson, sister to the late iconic Michael Jackson has been in the entertainment industry since 1971. Her musical career began in the late 1970s after she appeared publicly on The Jacksons’ Show.

In 2018, she received the Billboard Icon award. Over the years, the icon has been married more than once, with her latest marriage ending in 2017. Let us have a look at Janet Jackson marriage, dating life and general biography.

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson

Age |How old is Janet?

She was born on 16 May 1966 and she is 57 years old as of 2023.

Janet Jackson Early life

Jackson was born on 16 May 1966 in Gary Indiana, as the youngest sibling of the Jackson family which includes nine children.

Her mother Katherine Esther Jackson played Piano whereas her father Joseph Walter was a former boxer.  In 1970, she made her first appearance on her family variety show, The Jacksons, and her carrier spanned four decades.  

Where did Janet Jackson School?

Janet attended Lanai Road School and Portola Middle School which is located in Tarzana, California. She later graduated from Valley Professional school in 1984.

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Has Janet ever become a victim of Bullying?

Janet admitted to an interview with the New York Post that her late brother Michael Jackson used to bully her.

She stated that there were instances when her brother will tease her about her weight by calling her, ‘Pig, horse, slut, or hog, cow.’ She admitted that those words will hurt her inside, although she used to laugh about it.


Jackson began to play in The Jackson Show in 1976 and in 1977, she got a role in the sitcom Good Times as Penny Gordon Woods.

Later, she starred in A New Kind of Family Fame and released Janet Jackson’s album in 1982.  A year later, she made appearances in Different Strokes and Fame among other films.


She received the Billboard Icon award 2018. In addition, FHM magazine named her as #37 “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005” special supplement in 2005.

The readers of Black men magazine also categorized Janet as “The 10 Sexiest Women of 2001” by the readers of Black Men Magazine in 2001.

On 1990, she was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on April 20.

Janet Jackson Marriage

Janet has been married three times. Her first marriage was to James Debarge in 1984, an R& B/ soul singer. She was 18 years and James was 21 years.

Before their commitment to marriage, the couple had dated for two years. The couple was divorced in 1985 due to his alleged drug addiction.

According to James, the couple had a daughter together and he spoke about it to her. Also, Janet said that she cannot keep her daughter from reuniting with her biological father and that the rumors were false.

Janet’s second marriage was with the Mexican songwriter and dancer Rene Elizondo, 60. They met while working on a film together and tied the knot on 31 March 1991.

According to the Icon, Rene was fun to be with, and she needed a lift six years after her previous marriage with James. The couple split in 2000 after their divorce had come out to the public.

Rene had sued Jackson for between $10 and $20 million dollars before the two reached a settlement later.

The third person who married the Icon was Wissam Al Mana. The two dated for a while before tying the knot in 2012. They managed to keep their relationship and marriage secret until 2013.

The two welcomed their son, Eissa, in 2017. Three months later, they split and Janet announced the news in a video that she posted on her Instagram.

Who is Wissam Al Mana?

Wissam was born in Doha, Qatar, and his worth is estimated at $1 billion dollars. He is the executive director of the family business the Al Mana Group.

He has lived in West London since he was 2 years old, attended university in Washington, and studied at the London School of Economics.

Why did Wissam and Janet Split Up?

According to Janet’s brother Randy, her sister faced verbal abuse from her ex-husband Wissam. He used to call her nasty names and she was made a ‘prisoner’ in her home.

Also, he expected Jackson’s behavior to be aligned with his belief. Other sources allege that the couple had a prenuptial agreement when they got married in 2012 that if she manages to stay in the marriage for five years, she will receive $500 million.

She not only stayed in the marriage for more than five years but also had a child for the  Qatari billionaire CEO.