Janet Jackson is thought to have turned to Islam ahead of the birth of her first baby.
The popstar, who is married to Wissam Al Mana , gave birth to son Eissa Al Mana at the age of 50, with her representative saying both mother and baby were doing well.
“Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana are thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world,” the spokesperson said.
“Janet had a stress-free, healthy delivery and is resting comfortably.”
The name Eissa, pronounced ‘Aay-sah’, comes from Hebrew and means ‘God is salvation’. In Arabic
It’s not the first time Janet has invoked religion in her personal life – she often signs off messages to fans with ‘Alhamdulillah’, which means ‘all praise is due to God alone’.
While Janet has yet to publicly confirm her religious views, her latest album, Unbreakable, features far less of the sexual language she used to be known for, which could be an indication of her changing beliefs.
The sister of Michael Jackson last year postponed her world tour in April 2016, telling fans: “My husband and I are planning our family.”
She then refused to confirm her pregnancy announcement until October, when she was around six months gone.
Posing for a picture with her bump in American magazine People, she said: “We thank God for our blessing.”
She and Qatari multi-millionaire businessman husband Wissam have been married for four years, and are based in Doha, Qatar.
The pair are said to have met in 2010, but their liaison was kept so under wraps that barely anyone knew they were a couple until a year after they had wed.
MirrorCeleb has contacted Janet for comment.