In April, Janet Jackson confirmed her divorce from husband Wissam Al Mana just months after giving birth to the couple’s first child. Now, Janet’s older brother Randy Jackson tells People that the two split because his sister “suffered verbal abuse” from Al Mana and “felt like a prisoner in her own home.”
“Enough is enough,” says Randy, explaining that Janet and her family have all “been through a lot” with her ongoing divorce and custody battle of son, Eissa.
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“It was quite an abusive situation,” he explains. “It came on later in the relationship, verbal abuse and being [made to feel like] a prisoner in her own home. No pregnant woman needs to go through being called a b**** every day. There were things like that. That’s what she went through.”
However, Randy insists Al Mana’s religion — he’s a Muslim — is not to blame for the couple’s breakup. “I have a lot of Muslim friends and they don’t act that way at all,” says Randy. “It’s a personal issue that he needs help with and I’m going to pray for him, too.”