Heads up, Rhythm Nation! Janet Jackson is about to receive the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20 — and to mark the occasion, she gave a rare interview to dish on her career, her faith, her drive, and, notably, her infant son. Suffice it to say, Janet and her son Eissa are living in domestic bliss!
"My son, even in his short 17 months on the planet, has [shown] me that love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper," Janet told Billboard in the magazine's May 19 issue. "Love is limitless. And for someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else."
In fact, little Eissa provides solace for his famous mom, who split from her son's father, Wissam Al Mana, last year. "Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace," Janet shared. "I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world."
The 52-year-old also revealed another charming fact about her son: Eissa loves the "Finesse" of pop star Bruno Mars. "Bruno was really the first music my son responded to," she revealed. "During and after his birth, I comforted myself with Brazilian jazz, music that always relaxes me. Then when the baby began crawling, Bruno was breaking out big and on the radio all the time. That delighted both of us. Bruno is a throwback to the days when the greatest artists could do it all: write, sing, dance, produce."
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Of course, Janet isn't gonna become a live-at-home mom anytime soon. She'll soon join Bruno on the radio, as she's currently working on new music. She isn't ready to talk about her latest creative output, though. "Spontaneity is so important to me," she said. "It allows for surprise, and, for me, surprise is what breaks up the boredom of daily life. When I finally get to the music that genuinely expresses what I'm experiencing in the moment, I feel free. Music does that for me. Its healing properties are extraordinary."
So the suspense builds! Considering her infatuation with motherhood, however, we wouldn't at all be surprised if Janet's next album boasted a track named "Eissa."