Janet Jackson, whose weight has fluctuated wildly over her career, has performed another miracle. She’s reportedly lost 65 pounds since giving birth seven months ago and promises to be in tip-top shape for her upcoming world tour.
Jackson, 51, showed off her new figure in a rehearsal photo posted to her Instagram account.
“[She’s been rehearsing] 15, 16 hours a day … It’s a grueling schedule but she is up to the task. She wants to blow the crowd away. She will be perfection like her brother, Michael. She’s all about the showmanship,” a source told Entertainment Tonight.
“She has lost more than 65 pounds and has her pre-baby body back and then some. It’s possible that she could lose another 10 pounds before the start of the tour,” the source added.
Only two years ago, the 5-foot-4-inch tall singer tipped the scales at over 180 pounds. She shed the weight on a low glycemic index diet, which is based on managing blood sugar levels.
Jackson is a self-professed emotional over-eater, who binges when she’s unhappy, bored or anxious.
In her tell-all book, “True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself,” the Grammy winner said emotional eating is something many overweight people can relate to.
“I think people really connect with the idea of someone who has gained and lost weight in this very public way, and also someone who’s an emotional eater. Chocolate, cake, caramel apples—there aren’t many things I don’t love,” said Janet.
Jackson released her most recent album, Unbreakable, in Oct. 2015, but canceled her “Unbreakable” world tour in December to have surgery performed on her throat. Luckily the tumor doctors found was benign.
The following April she announced she was “planning her family” with husband Wissam Al Mana, whom she’d married in a private ceremony in 2012. Their son, Eissa, was born on Jan. 3, 2017.
Three months later, Jackson’s rep confirmed Jackson her separation from Al Mana. She announced she would resume her Unbreakable tour as the “State of the World Tour” in May with a kick-off on Sep. 7.
Since then, she’s been working feverishly to get into shape.
Janet has been living in Los Angeles following her split from Al Mana. She lost the weight through old fashioned “training, dieting and eating clean.”
“She’s happy to be back in the states in L.A. where she learned about music and performing with her brothers, and it was important for her to give this experience to her son. She wants baby Eissa to know her family,” the ET source said.