January 9 : Janet is spotted at the Bedrock shop in Tokyo, Japan.
January 19 : Janet is spotted at the Bristol Restaurant in Paris, France.
January 23 : Janet invites 5 fans to have a drink at her hotel and she reveals to them that she’s still working on the new album and has been collaborating with brazilian producers.
January 25 : Janet is spotted at the airport in Paris.
January 26 : Back in L.A, Janet watches the Grammy Awards with Gil & Preston.
February 22 : Birth of Kai-Ari Jackson, second child of Siggy & Toyia.
February 25 : Janet & Wissam arrive in Paris.
Recent media reports have speculated that Grammy winner Janet Jackson is separating from her husband Wissam Al Mana, but a source close to the couple sets the record straight.
The source tells Entertainment Tonight of Jackson and Mana’s relationship, “The rumors about their marriage are a lie. They are very happy and very much together. In fact, the couple has recently purchased an even larger home in New York.”
March 8 : Janet & Wissam leave Paris and fly to NYC.
March 20 : Janet is spotted at the Zuma Restaurant in Dubai.
May 8-18 : Janet & Wissam are in Paris for her birthday. She invites Gil & Preston.
May 15 : Janet goes to the 79 Club with Wissam, Gil & Preston.
May 16 : Janet invites 20 fans to share her birthday cake at her hotel with Gil & Preston by her side. At night Wissam takes her to the restaurant for a romantic dinner.
July 30 : Janet invites Gil, Preston & Tony to an Island in Greece.
In a new interview, sound engineer Ian Cross reveals : “The Janet Jackson’s of the world can’t just spend their time in one studio in one city anymore…we’ve been working in Qatar. We’ve been working in Paris, the Middle East, and now we feel like we can work anywhere.”
And as for what to expect? “The new album is going to be great. It’s a process. There’s a lot in store, yet to come. I can’t go into too many details but I think Janet Jackson’s fans are going to be very excited about the new album, and I think people who don’t know her as fans are going to be excited about it, too.”
August : Birth of Summer Sanchez, third child of Brittny.
August 1 : Janet tweets : “IF there is a new project you’ll hear it from my lips”.
Ian Cross’s interview is deleted from the website Barefott Sound with a “coming soon” legend…
August 8 : Janet goes to London with her team (Gil, Preston & Tony).
Several sources announce a new album in november and negociations for an upcoming performance on X Factor UK.
August 13 : Gil & Preston go back to L.A while Janet stays in London with Tony.
August 29 : Janet & Tony visit Harrods in London.
August 30 : Janet flies commercial from London to NYC.
October 31 : Janet makes her first public appearance in 18 months at the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience gala dinner at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. She is accompanied by Wissam and Preston who flew from L.A just for the occasion.
November 15 : Janet & Wissam attend the ROTA gala in Doha.
December 14 : “Today we begin our journey with UNICEF”. Wissam & Janet.
December 17-19 : Janet & Wissam visit Palestinian areas as well as UNICEF Zaatari refugee’s camp in Syria.
December 31 : Janet attends a concert in Dubai featuring “The Jacksons” (her brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Tito & Marlon). She sits next to her sister in law, Jermaine’s wife Halima.