Jackson confirms pregnancy at 50
POP superstar Janet Jackson has confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child at age 50 - and has the baby bump to prove it.
People magazine on Wednesday published a portrait of the star, her face beaming as she stood on a beach, with an unmistakably protruding belly.
"We thank God for our blessing," she told the magazine.
The younger sister of late king of pop Michael in April stunned fans by halting a global tour and saying that she and her husband, Qatari tycoon Wissam Al Mana, were "planning our family".
She had not said more since then but was recently spotted by paparazzi shopping at a baby store in London - and looking like she had the tell-tale bump.
Natural pregnancies are highly unusual but not impossible for women past their mid-40s but in-vitro fertilisation can extend the age at which women can have children.
Janet has been discreet about her personal life and did not immediately publicise her 2012 marriage.
Her hubby's company sells luxury fashion throughout the Gulf Arab kingdoms.
Michael was also non-traditional in his efforts to have a family. He had two children with Debbie Rowe, who worked at his dermatologist's office and married him, and a third through an undisclosed surrogate.
Janet won an international fan base in the late 1980s with her albums Control and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, which brought together pop music and funk with the emerging genre of hip-hop.