*Janet Jackson is dismissing reports she’s engaged to her wealthy Arab businessman boyfriend Wissam Al Mana.
Appearing on “Good Morning America” Monday (Oct. 25) to promote her new film “For Colored Girls,” the singer-actress said, “He’s a very, very private man so I don’t talk about our relationship but I really think it’s important that I just say this: they’ve (the press) been trying to marry me off for a very, very long time. But I’m not engaged so I will say that.”
Also during her “GMA” interview, Jackson told co-host Robin Roberts how excited she is to play a character “so bold and so shrewd” in “For Colored Girls.” Asked if she’ll stick with acting or go back to music, Janet says her “first passion is acting” but she’s not turning her back on music, either. “I’ll always do both, God willing,” she explained.
Meanwhile, Janet’s mother Katherine has reportedly told Oprah Winfrey that she has not received any money from her late son Michael’s estate, and is planning a memorial concert in order to raise funds to pay off his debts.
Katherine – who has custody of the late star’s three children, Prince Michael, 13, Paris, 12, and eight-year-old Prince Michael II, known as Blanket – is reportedly receiving financial support from Janet as the money left to her by Michael is currently being diverted elsewhere by those in charge of his affairs.
An unnamed source told gossip blog The Scoop: “Katherine told Oprah Winfrey that she hasn’t received a penny from the estate since Michael died. What the lawyers for the estate have told her is that they have been busy trying to retire some of Michael’s massive debt and they have maintained bills at Hayvenhurst, the Jackson family home and the kids’ school.”
In an apparent bid to generate funds, The Jackson Family Foundation – which lists Katherine Jackson as vice chairman and her husband Joe as chairman – are to host a tribute concert in honor of Michael, who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009, next month.
Dubbed a “money grab” by pals, the event faces criticism from the singer’s siblings, with sister Rebbie and brother Randy expected to voice their objections.
A preliminary draft of a statement expected to be released by Randy says: “It has been bought to my attention that The Jackson Family Foundation is staging a ‘Legacy of the Legend’ concert Nov. 13 in Atlanta. That show is being billed as a tribute to my brother, Michael Jackson.
“Reportedly, I and others are scheduled to perform at this concert … I am in no way associated with this event or the foundation and I wish to make that clear because I do not want to be party to anything that could potentially pose legal or other problems now or in the future.”