Janet Jackson is taking her tour to Houston and has a special surprise for fans who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The star took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm the news that she would be performing in Houston despite the devastation left in the area by the hurricane and the storm that followed.
“We’re going to roll in early because we wanted to visit some of the shelters,” she said. “And not just visit some of the shelters, we also want to do something special. So, we’ll see you Friday!”
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) September 7, 2017
It’s showtime #Janfam!
Pop and snapback queen Janet Jackson was fierceness personified tonight at Lafayette, Louisiana’s Cajundome. There, with her array of hits and jaw-dropping svelte figure in tow, the songstress blew the roof off the arena with the long-awaited kick off of her 2017 ‘State of the World’ tour (a reboot and revamp of 2016’s ‘Unbreakable’ tour).
Fans with any questions or concerns if the 51-year-old pop star/new mom still has “it” saw that worry silenced once Jackson hit the stage – even declaring she came to “snatch wigs.”
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Janet Jackson is thin, well, skinny at this point; according to the one man, who has been by her side and working hard for 16 hours per day.
Gil Duldulao is a close friend of the pop star; he is also the creative director for her upcoming “State of the World Tour.”
The highly-anticipated 56-city tour will launch on September 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana with stops all across the U.S. before moving to Europe.
Mr. Duldulao recently sat down with the media and explained that since welcoming baby Eissa and filing for divorce from Wissam Al Mana, Jackson had been focused on one thing – giving her adoring fans the show of a lifetime.
To accomplish that goal, the mother of one has been working out, rehearsing, dancing – rinse and repeat seven days a week.
The result, Jackson is in the best shape of her life. Duldulao said: “She is dedicated. I mean, she is really strict with her diet.”
The professional said the entertainer has a great body and is expected to wear some mind-blowing costumes for her shows.
He added: “Honestly, I told her — I was like, ‘You are skinny. You are really thin. So, if anything, I think we are going to have to have some seamstresses on hand to bring [the costumes] in more. Because she is losing weight every day. I am telling her, ‘Girl, you are skinny. Are you sure [you do not want to wear this]?’”
He also explained how motherhood had transformed the diva.
Duldulao shared: “And I think when it comes to motherhood, you will see how [Janet] has matured as a woman onstage. You will see a lot of her journey through concept and creative direction on how and what takes place at certain times of her life to get to this place [she is at] now, and I think that is beautiful.”
He also gave a preview of what to expect on tour.
He revealed: “Whether it be content, video, staging, different songs in the set list and playing with different sounds, certain sections with the musical director, costume changes… The fans clearly will get a show.”
Via Instagram, Jackson showed off her new figure and told her fans: “Hey, u guys. I am so excited for the State of the World Tour. We r in rehearsal mode. See u guys in 1 month!”
One supporter replied by: “Can’t wait. Can we get ” On and On” on the setlist for State of the World.”
Another shared: “Awesome can’t wait.JJ has and will always be the queen!!! Best wishes!”
She’s in the midst of a divorce from Qatari multi-millionaire husband Wissam Al Mana.
But it was a noticeably happy and smiling Janet Jackson who touched down in New York on Monday.
The singer was bringing baby Eissa home to America for the first time since his birth in London back in January.
The Escapade singer was 50 when she welcomed the now six-month-old, who is her first child.
And from her behavior as she strolled through the airport, it was clear Janet has taken to motherhood.
The doting mother carried her child in her arms, holding him close to her face as she reassured the inquisitive youngster with kisses and caressed him after the long transatlantic flight.
Dressed all in the black, Janet looked noticeably slimmed down.
She is currently in the midst of a divorce from Eissa’s father and previously said the divorce was ‘in God’s hands’.
Janet said: ‘I just want to keep it real with you guys for a second. Yes, I separated from my husband, we are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.’
And it was previously claimed Janet is leaning on her family following her split from Wissam.
An insider said: ‘As the babies of the family, they have an unbreakable bond. She trusts him more than anyone.
‘They are amicable. Janet hates mess just like Michael [Jackson] did and would have preferred to keep the split as quiet as possible … She couldn’t stay in the marriage.’
However, it is thought Janet still has a ‘strong friendship’ with Wissam despite their split.
The source added: ‘Janet really trusts Wissam and he trusts her. She and Wissam are working together to co-parent. They have a strong friendship. There is no fighting between them. They are very disciplined and the baby is already on a strict schedule.
‘It seems like she will stay in London for now while the baby is so young, but I can see her eventually moving back to the States. Janet is doing really well. She is just so happy to have her baby.’
Via a 10-episode docu-series titled Simply Janet, the 51-year old pop icon will reportedly give fans a glimpse into her life as she prepares to kick off her State of the World tour, all while juggling first-time mommy-hood and the emotional fall-out from her recent separation from third husband, Wissam Al Mana.
According to published reports, Simply Janet will feature a behind-the-scenes look into private recording sessions, costume and touring preparations, as well as Janet and Wissam co-parenting their six-month old son Eissa.
Janet is set to resume her tour in the U.S on September 7th, however, the documentary will reportedly cover preparations for the Asian and European leg of the trek, which is said to be getting a huge makeover.