Janet Jackson has fully embraced her newest role: parenthood.
The pop superstar welcomed her first child, son Eissa, with now-ex Wissam Al Mana in January 2017. And in an exclusive new cover story with Billboard, Jackson gives a rare peek inside her life as a mom — including which musician little Eissa first exhibited an affinity toward.
“Bruno [Mars] was really the first music my son responded to,” says Jackson, 52, who will receive the BillboardIcon Award Sunday before picking up her State of the World Touragain with an appearance at New Orleans’ ESSENCE Festival on July 8.
“During and after his birth, I comforted myself with Brazilian jazz, music that always relaxes me,” she adds. “Then when the baby began crawling, Bruno was breaking out bigand on the radio all the time. That delighted both of us.”