Jermaine Jackson Opens Up About ‘Baby’ Sister Janet’s Pregnancy: ‘She’ll Be a Great Mother Because She Is Very Tough’

05/13/2016 at 08:45 AM ET

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Jermaine Jackson can’t wait to meet Janet‘s baby.

The 61-year-old singer spoke about the baby news on Thursday at AltaMed’s Power Up We Are The Future Gala in Los Angeles, and gushed about welcoming another little one into the massive Jackson clan.

“My sister Janet is my baby. She is fine but she’s having a baby. A baby having a baby. We look at her like our little baby and now she’s grown and having a baby,” Jackson told reporters at the event. “I’m proud to be an uncle and I can’t wait to see how this baby is going to look.”

Jermaine’s words were the first family confirmation that Janet, who turns 50 this month, is expecting a child with husband Wissam Al Mana. The reports followed an April Twitter video in which Jackson announced she was delaying the second leg of her Unbreakable world tour, saying, “My husband and I are planning our family.”

PEOPLE previously confirmed the pregnancy.

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“She’ll be a great mother because she is very tough, very strict,” Jermaine said, noting that Jackson is “feeling fine” and “loves to eat.”
“But I tell her, ‘If you need any parenting skills or baby skills, let me know because I’m the best diaper changer there is on this planet, still to this day.’ ”

Although Jackson has kept quite amid the reports, she further fueled the pregnancy rumors earlier this month when she dropped a sexy music video for her new song “Dammn Baby.”

Jackson is reportedly in her second trimester after successfully working with a fertility specialist and Jermaine is already looking forward to learning the sex of the little one.

“I hope she’s having a girl,” he said. “We need more girls in the family. There are too many boys.”

–Char Adams and Raha Lewis

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MomOfTwinz on

Congrats to Janet & Wissam! A healthy baby is all that counts, boy or girl.

Xyz on

“A baby having a baby”? The woman is 50. As for tough, an old woman who has no patience with a child? Wow, not so great.

seriously?? on

a baby having a baby??? ha! the woman is 50+ and bringing a baby into the world. she will be nearly 70 by the time the kid graduates. how stupid to have a kid at that age

Look Behind You on

Janet is NOT, I repeat NOT pregnant…she is trying to fool us with the pillow baby trick that Nicole Kidman and Kelly Preston attempted.

Tina on

I am still trying to process his hairdo. (-_-)

Time&Season on

@Look Behind You, thanks to the wonders of medicine it’s very possible for a fifty year old woman to be pregnant. It’s likely she froze her eggs and harvested them or she had a donor egg implanted from a much younger woman.

Nek on

XYZ, don’t take stuff so literal. I’m in my 30’s and I’m still considered the baby of the family. So yeah we all know Janet will be 50 this month, but her family still considers her to be the baby of the family. That’s just the way it is in most families. Also, how do you know that she doesn’t have patience with a child? Whatever happened to congratulating women when they are expecting instead of bashing them

stinky on

Iris: he’s happy for his sister, who is having a baby. Janet is the youngest of the family. Why are you so mean today! Lighten up and have a nice day

Valerie Evans on

Jermain looks like he is melting and Janet is so old she just may give birth to a Mummy.
Maybe name it Tutatcanan?

Valerie Evans on

Don’t forget Beyonce and Victoria Beckham.
She snapped back to a size -4 after each of her “kids “..
Right…..

Edyie on

Wow advances in medicine having a baby at 50! I was pretty far into menopause by then. I guess is the eggs are frozen it lowers the risk of anything being wrong with the baby.

Hea on

I don’t believe she’s pregnant and I doubt we will see her at all in the next six months.

Von on

Love his hairstyle, so cute.

nanci on

what if her husband cheat on her, I wonder what she would do, because he’s younger and very good looking. You can see Janet’s age in her hands. Lots of veins, and line. Ouch.

NuttyNanci on

Seriously, Nanci? You’re going to criticize and make fun of Janet’s age and appearance yet YOU can’t even write a sentence that makes sense? “What if her husband cheat on her?” “Lots of vein and line”? Good Lord, you’re a mess.

guest on

Just proves what a self absorbed freak show this family is. Having a child at this age is VERY dangerous for both of them. I get that there is plenty of $ to raise it after they are gone, but this is just stupid at her age.

Anonymous on

The heck with Janet……..what is that hairdo he’s sporting?? Can anyone explain it? #transplant #wiggy #hairnet #texturedpaint

soonergirl5 on

The heck with Janet…….what is that hairdo he’s sporting?? Can anyone explain it? #transplant #wiggy #hairnet #texturedpaint

angel on

I LOVE JANET JACKSON THERE ARE SO MANY WOMEN THAT IS OLDER HAVING BABY WHY TALK SO BAD ABOUT HER, JANET SHE DIDNOT DO ANYTHING TO THESES PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING SO MEAN I SEE WHY SHE STAY AWAY FOR AWHILE BUT YOU CAN TALK ALL YOU WANT TO SHE IS STILL THE QUEEN AND LIVING HER LIFE THIS IS HER BUSINESS AS FAR AS HER RAISING HER CHILD I KNOW SHE WILL BE A GREAT MOM LET HER LIVE HER LIFE THE WAY SHE WHAT TO SHE DONT OWN NO ONE ANYTHING, THIS SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF JEALOUS PEOPLE WHO DONT HAVE NOTHING TO DO BUT TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE BY THE WAY IS YOUR LIFE PERFECT, I WISH HER AND HER HUSBAND THE BEST. PEOPLE GROW UP AND START COUNTING YOUR BLESSING BEFORE YOU WONT HAVE ANY AND BY THE WAY TALK ABOUT YOUR DIRTY LAUNDRY

Anonymous on

So happy for them. Congratulations!

Becka on

Being “tough” isn’t necessarily a good parenting skill, as the Jackson children should know and learn from.

Amber on

I knew there were going to be a few nuts to come on a board and trash what Janet is doing. It is HER life and if she can handle it, good for her. From the looks of it, 20,30’s years old are not doing a good job at raising kids nowadays. I agree with Jermaine that a parent has to be “tough” to raise kids. Do your thing Janet and do what is pleasing to YOU, NOT for a bunch of “niobody” on a message board.

Tammy on

“Just proves what a self absorbed freak show this family is”— Really Guest. And look, you are all up in that “family” business. Stupid. The Jacksons are a great family (Probably better than yours but no one cares about your family to talk about your issues.). As for what Janet chosoe to do, she is RICH, she has help and she knows how to take care of kids due to her hands on helping her nieces and nephew. She does not care about a “no name” person like you. You could not even give a real name to talk your nonsense. Seem to me you are the freak since you want to pass judgement.

Amber on

I agree Nek. I look at my brother in the same way. HE is my baby and he is 36. That is how some family member think. XYZ is probably raise by self hating family and that is why he/she can not understand that concept in what Jermaine is saying. Happy for you Janet.

Amber on

Becka, clearly you are a child talking. It does take being “tough” to have good parenting skills especially in this day and age where many parents of today seem to want to be their children’s friend compare to being a parent. And for the record, I think the Jackson parents did a good job; were mistakes made, yes, what parent has not made mistakes; but in the end, the Jacksons are good people as what good “raising” do.

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