Janet Jackson is “doing well” with her pregnancy.
The 'That's The Way Love Goes' singer - who is expecting her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana - broke her Twitter silence to tell her fans she appreciates their “love and prayers”.
She wrote on the microblogging site: “Hey you guys.. It's been awhile.. but I'm still listening.. I feel your love and prayers..
Thank you.. and I'm doing well (sic)”
The post comes just days after her ex-husband James DeBarge’s claims about her alleged “secret child” resurfaced.
The 49-year-old singer married James DeBarge in 1984, and during an appearance on the show Growing Up Hip Hop, his daughter Kristiana questioned him about the rumours.
He said: “I'm tired of the secrecy,” he said. “I'm tired of the truth not coming forward, and people being a coward when it comes to it. And I thought it was wise for me to speak out now because it needs to be addressed.”
News of an alleged secret baby surfaced for the first time in 1994 - and was covered extensively by Star magazine, and DeBarge’s mother was reported to have believed Jackson was pregnant.
Etterlene DeBarge believes that the singer went away for a long period of time, and on her return, she told her husband that she wanted to end their marriage.
“I saw Janet before she left, and from what I could see, she was definitely pregnant,” she told the magazine. “She wasn’t fooling anyone.”
Janet - who officially confirmed her pregnancy back in October - has reportedly been suffering from bad morning sickness.
A source said: “Janet is super excited. She's doing great. Janet feels really strong and is just so excited for the baby to come. She feels like this is one of the best things ever to happen to her. She is doing OK and resting until she is due. She is aware of complications, but as of now doctors say she is OK ...
“Her support system is extremely strong. She is taking things easy these days and is feeling well but not overdoing it in any capacity of her life. Janet is staying healthy for her and her baby. She's been praying for a child for a very long time. She's already in the process of thinking of baby names.”