Janet Jackson secretly married to Qatari Wissam Al Mana

Marriage took place last year in a 'private and beautiful ceremony'

Janet Jackson has revealed that she married her billionaire Qatari boyfriend Wissam Al Mana last year.

Jackson comes out in the open in the wake of numerous reports on her impending lavish and extravagant wedding in Doha.

US singer Janet Jackson (R) and her husband Wissam Al Mana pose for photographers as they arrive to attend the Giorgio Armani Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at Milan Fashion Week February 25, 2013.  (REUTERS)

Jackson, 46, the younger sister of the late singer Michael Jackson, wed the businessman Wissam Al Mana, 37, last year but kept the news under wraps.

In a statement (which was later posted on her Twitter page) Jackson and Al Mana said, "The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true". "Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony.

"Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children's charities."

US singer Janet Jackson (R) and her husband Wissam Al Mana pose for photographers as they arrive to attend the Giorgio Armani Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at Milan Fashion Week February 25, 2013.  (REUTERS)

Earlier reports claimed that Jackson and Wissam allegedly got engaged in 2011 after Wissam, a billionaire whose family has extensive reaches in the real estate and media spheres, proposed to her with a stunning 15 carat diamond ring.

Wissam is the managing director of Al Mana Retail, which represents A/X Armani Exchange, and he's a shareholder in the Saks Fifth Avenue.

Reorts also suggested that Janet and Wissam will be wedded in a Muslim ceremony. A renown Turkish author, Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya), is also making the claim that the 46-year-old Janet Jackson has converted to Islam — as did her brother, Michael Jackson — and is choosing to keep her new religion a secret from her fans. But these reports have neihter been confirmed nor denied by the couple.

(Twitter)

The couple met in December of 2009 after Janet gave a special performance in the Middle East and the rest, so it seems, is history.

The American singer is known for keeping her private life from the media, rarely speaking out about her ex-husbands.

She married soul singer James DeBarge in 1984, and the marriage was annulled a year later. Her 1991 marriage to music video director Rene Elizondo ended in divorce in 2000.

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