Janet Jackson Is Married to Wissam Al Mana
02/25/2013 AT 02:00 PM EST
The singer, 46, and Qatari businessman, Wissam Al Mana, tied the knot last year, the couple's rep confirmed to PEOPLE on Monday.
"The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true," they told ETOnline, which broke the official wedding news. "Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony."
The couple adds, "Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favourite children's charities."
"We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy," the two said in their statement, signing off, "With love, Wissam and Janet"
This is a third marriage for Jackson, 46, who was previously wed to James DeBarge and René Elizondo, Jr.
Her marriage to Elizondo was also initially kept a secret.