A year after her split from longtime boyfriend Jermaine Dupri, the always-private Jackson steps out in London with a new man, Wissam Al Mana – a Qatari businessman who is nearly 10 years her junior. The pair heat things up with a romantic Italian getaway in Sardinia in July and a stylish trip to Paris Fashion Week in September.
Jackson joins a star-studded cast that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington and Thandie Newton for Tyler Perry's adaptation of Ntozake Shange's 1975 poetic play, For Colored Girls. "Tyler's a very profound person and writer, and I think he's done a wonderful job," Jackson tells the Wall Street Journal of bringing the ambitious project to the big screen.
After years of yo-yo dieting, Jackson is finally at a desirable size, she says thanks to NutriSystem. "It works, point blank," the newbie spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "You don't have to starve yourself getting there." But there's one thing she will never do: step on a scale. "I don't think [it's] healthy. You're setting yourself up to fail and women's bodies fluctuate every month –certain time of the month in particular – we bloat a great deal," Jackson says.
Jackson and Al Mana reveal they wed in 2012, telling ETOnline in a joint statement, "We were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favourite children's charities." The marriage is the second that the singer initially kept a secret.
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