Janet Jackson expecting her first child at age 50

Janet Jackson speaks onstage during the 2015 BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Janet Jackson has confirmed that she’s expecting her first baby, and she’s feeling great.

The singer exclusively confirmed to People that she’s pregnant and shared photos of her baby bump. “We thank God for our blessing,” she said.

This will be the first child for the 50-year-old singer, who’s married to Qatari business magnate, Wissam Al Mana.

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The magazine shared a photo of Jackson, dressed in all white, sporting her baby bump.

After Jackson announced in April she was postponing her Unbreakable World Tour in May to focus on “planning” a family with her husband, rumours began to circulate about the Son of a Gun singer possibly being pregnant.

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“I thought it was important that you be the first to know,” she said in a Twitter video at the time. “My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour.”

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Jackson has kept a low profile over the last few months.

“She is super excited about her pregnancy and is doing extremely well,” a source close to the Jackson family told People. “She actually feels very good about everything.”

Jackson’s not the only entertainer to give birth later in life, and the Grammy winner is in good company with many women who have welcomed children after the big 4-0.

Actress Halle Berry was 41 years old when she had her first child, Nahla, in 2008. Berry was 47 years old when she had her second child, Maceo, with husband Olivier Martinez.

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Singer Gwen Stefani was 44 years old when she welcomed Apollo Bowie Flynn in 2014. She already had her two older sons, Kingston and Zuma, with her former husband Gavin Rossdale. Stefani referred to Apollo’s birth as a surprise “miracle” in 2015 with InStyle.

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“I was trying at the time to do more music with No Doubt. Then I got pregnant, and I was like, ‘OK, well what am I going to do now? I need to make some changes,” she said. “There’s only so much energy.”

Grammy winner Mariah Carey gave birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe at 42 years old in 2011. “Those are my two babies,” Carey shared about not wanting more children to The Lowdown’s Diana Madison earlier this year. “I think they would be so jealous because they get upset when I pet the dog.”

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Comedienne Tina Fey had already turned 41 years old by the time she had her second child, Penelope, in 2011. She first announced the baby news to Oprah Winfrey.

“My husband [Jeff Richmond] and I really decided that we felt rather than risk having 30 Rock end in several years and feeling like part of our family is missing, that we were going to prioritize our family,” she said at the time.
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Fashion designer Rachel Zoe was 42 when she announced she was expecting her second child with husband Rodger Berman.

“Rodger, [son] Skyler and I hope that everyone had an amazing summer!” she wrote on her blog in 2013. “Before we head into the chaos of fashion season, we wanted to take a moment to OFFICIALLY confirm that we are expecting another child,” she wrote. “We are beyond excited for Skyler to have a sibling and for us to fall in love all over again. We feel incredibly blessed. Thank you for all your constant love and support of our family.”

OK is reporting that Jackson is due in “late November” and has chosen to name the baby’s first or middle name after her late brother Michael Jackson.

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