Janet Jackson is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame pop icon, but her role as a mother takes top billing. On Monday, Jackson was brought to tears while chatting with “Today” host Sheineille Jones about her son, Eissa, who she gave birth to at the age of 50.
“The title that gives me the biggest gratification is mama. That’s it. Mama,” Jackson said. She went on to express her love for all aspects of being a mother, saying, “When you’re tired. When you need a break. I love it all… I’m sorry I’m getting emotional because I’m thinking of one thing in particular, and I’ll never forget it. It was just so beautiful, and I just thought, that’s my baby… That’s the highest for me. Being a mama.”
Jones had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of Jackson’s “Together Again” tour at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida, where she even joined the singer onstage during an encore performance of the tour’s title song. Jackson had some famous fans in the crowd including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Tasha Smith, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Gabrielle Union. An insider reported that Jackson was still having fun on stage after 50 years in the business.
Jackson is joined on tour by rapper Ludacris and they will be bringing their act to Madison Square Garden next month. Jones concluded by saying, “She loves her fans, and I genuinely believe it — for her, they fill her cup.”