Janet Jackson‘s older brother Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson claims that his sister suffered verbal abuse and felt like a prisoner in her own home during her marriage to London-based Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana.
In an interview with People Magazine, the former Jackson 5 star says; “There’s a lot of pain. Janet’s been through a lot with her divorce. I’ve been through a lot, we all have”.
The pair got married in 2012 and welcomed son Eissa on January 3, have been in London courts since April, when the star confirmed their split in a video she shot with Randy at her side.
Their parents; Katherine and Joe Jackson were initially shielded from what was going on but now know.
“I didn’t want them to know. My parents are up there in age so I wanted to protect them as much as possible, but now they know. Everybody in the family knows,” Randy said.
In a statement released to People, attorneys for Jackson’s estranged husband reacted, saying;
“Mr. Al Mana is not going to dignify these particular and deeply hurtful allegations with a response. The breakdown of his marriage to Janet Jackson is a cause of great sadness to Mr. Al Mana, and it is the wellbeing and privacy of their son, Eissa, that remains his sole focus.”