Janet Jackson Walks Away From “Unbreakable” Tour To Start A Family
This morning fans awoke to the news that one of their faves, a living legend in her own right, Janet Jackson had an announcement, in the form of a video.
For those who can’t watch right now, in a 1 minute and 46 second video, she said:
On August 31, as you probably know, I launched The Unbreakable World Tour. First I just want to thank all the fans for coming out and seeing the show. Thank you so much you guys made it so enjoyable for me, each and every night. We’re in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change. I thought it was important that you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family. So, I’m going to have to delay the tour.
Please, if you can try and understand that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can. I want to thank the dancers, the band, my entire crew. You guys were so professional, so incredibly talented, so supportive and loving, each and every night. Thank you so much and I can’t wait for us to get started again…
On her Instagram page, fans are generally supportive, sending congratulatory messages. One fan said that this video was the sweetest song Janet ever sang because she has wanted this for her, for so long. (Y’all know some of these stans do the most.) I believe there were some people who interpreted this video to mean that Jackson is already pregnant. But she was very clear that she was “planning her family.” I took that to mean that she’s not pregnant yet but is in the process of getting there.
There were also those who were perplexed by the news. You see, Janet is 49-years-old. She’ll be 50 next month. Jackson wouldn’t be the first woman to get pregnant in her forties, see Kim Fields, at 44 and Halle Berry, at 46. Still, I think we can all agree that 49 is pushing it. The average American woman begins menopause at 51, with hormone shifts beginning as early as 35. But Janet Jackson is not the average American woman and there are all types of possibilities when you have the type of money she does.
Lastly, there was the crowd that took the news, hard. You have to remember that at the announcement of this tour, folks were geeked. And considering the fact that this is not the first postponement, (She’s already canceled more than 20 shows.) fans are not only asking for their money back, there’s a bit of resentment at the timing of all of this. Some are suggesting that 50-city tours and the decision to bring a life into the world aren’t made over night. They suggested that if Janet were even thinking about both of them simultaneously, she should have never announced a tour. Others attributed the announcement to poor ticket sales. All in all, the comments, on Baller Alert’s Instagram specifically, gave me the laugh I needed for this morning.
It’s comical because while strangers really have no right to speak over a woman’s womb and what she decides to do with her body, they do raise some valid points. While we could argue back and forth about what Janet “owes” her fans, particularly the ones who had purchased tickets, there’s also the question of those dancers, band and crew members she mentioned. These people were planning to have a consistent check for almost a full calendar year, August 31, 2015 to August 28 of this year. And with the European leg canceled, I’m sure some of these musicians are left in a bit of a lurch. Janet can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants but I think we can acknowledge that this type of seemingly spontaneous planning, despite the innumerable rewards for Janet and her husband, inconveniences a whole lot of people, people who were anticipating seeing her, who had spent money to do so as well as people who were counting on a consistent form of income.
So, that brings me to the question, is it ever a bad time to announce something as wonderful and miraculous as a life coming into the world? Does it make a difference whether that life has actually been conceived or is just a potential plan?