Janet Jackson is reportedly secretly engaged to Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana.
Us Weekly reports that the 37-year-old mogul, who made his money in luxury brands and is the managing director of Al Mana Retail, popped the question to Jackson earlier this year, and gave her a “huge” and “expensive” ring that she keeps locked up because she’s too afraid it will get lost.
Another source also claims that the couple, who began dating in 2010, are set to marry this spring in Qatar, in a wedding that will cost millions, with a ceremony that will undoubtedly be “a circus.”
All this sounds quite impressive, but it also sounds very familiar. It turns out that rumors that the 46-year-old singer was engaged to Al Mana first surfaced in October, with the National Enquirer claiming that the couple were planning to spend $3 million to fly their 500 wedding guests in from all over the world, and Al Mana wants to give each guest a $10,000 Rolex watch as a thank you for attending.
Rumors that the two were planning to marry started soon after the couple began dating, and Jackson even went on “Good Morning America” in October 2010 to deny the reports:
“He is a very private man so i don’t talk about our relationship. But it is really important that I just say this. They [media] have been trying to marry me off for a very very long time. No I am not engaged, I will say that. I am in a really good place,” she said at the time.
So far, requests for comment made by The Huffington Post to Jackson’s rep have not been returned, but it’s worth noting that the singer has kept a marriage from the world before. In 1991, Jackson secretly married René Elizondo Jr. and didn’t reveal they were married until he filed for divorce in 2000.