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49 Year old Janet Jackson is a Mother to Be: How Old is Too Old for Motherhood?

49 Year old Janet Jackson is a Mother to Be: How Old is Too Old for Motherhood?

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By: Evette Champion

Janet Jackson made an announcement on April 6th via Twitter, telling the world that the second leg of her “Unbreakable” tour will be delayed. The second leg of the tour was supposed to start in Las Vegas on May 14.

In the message she says:

“There has been a sudden change …. My husband and I are planning our family, so I am going to have to delay the tour.

“Please if you can try and understand it is important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I can.”

Janet isn’t the only celebrity to have waited so late in life to have children. With the help of fertility doctors, IVF procedures, and surrogacy, more and more women are having babies well into their 40s and even 50s.

  • Halle Berry had her first child at 41 and her son at 47.
  • Kelly Preston had her third child at 48.
  • Mariah Carey had twins at 42.
  • Tyra Banks was 42 when she used a surrogate to have a baby.
  • Angela Bassett was 47 when she used a surrogate to have her twins.

Many people have something negative to say about women who wait until later in life. They feel like these women are being selfish by having their children in their 40s because there are risks usually associated with late pregnancies. However, people are living a lot longer and the medical advancements have made it so that these things aren’t as much of a problem.

To be honest, it doesn’t matter when these women or any other woman decides that she is in a place to have children. If they are able to provide a good life for their children, then why not?

What do you think? Should women in their 40s or even 50s be having children? Are they being selfish for wanting to have it all–a successful career, money in the bank, and a family? Share your opinions below.

Comment(29)

  1. There are 60 and 70 year old women raising babies just not there own. So what is the excuse. It ok to raise grand babies but not your own baby?

  2. A TRUE FAN OF JANET WOULD BE HAPPY FOR HER AND HER HUSBAND THAT IS THEIR CHOICE. SOME PEOPLE ARE SO SELFIISH ON LY CARE ABOUT THEMSELVES

    1. AS A TRUE FAN, I AM TOTALLY HAPPY THAT JANET AND HER HUSBAND ARE “PLANNING” A FAMILY. HOWEVER, AT NO TIME DOES SHE SAY SHE IS ACTUALLY EXPECTING. AS A TRUE FAN WHO PAID A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE TICKETS I BOUGHT SO MY FAMILY AND I COULD SEE HER PERFORM, I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT MS. JACKSON EXPECTS US TO WAIT A YEAR OR MORE TO SEE HER PERFORM. PLEASE, JANET, GO AHEAD AND HAVE YOUR FAMILY, IT’S YOUR RIGHT TO BE HAPPY AND BE A MOM. BUT, WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO WAIT 1 OR 2 YEARS TO SEE YOUR PERFORM???

  3. I think that it is wonderful that she is having a child. Has anyone stopped to think that maybe she has had problems conceiving? It really is not anyone’s business if she wants to have a child or not. Everyone is entitled to start their family when they want. Individuals are too judgmental. There has been tremendous advancements in medicine this has allowed and will continue to allow individuals to have children later in life.

  4. I just hope that however she decides to have a child — natural, surrogate, adoption, etc. there’s no trickery involved. No, she doesn’t owe anyone an explanation but please don’t pretend to be pregnant if she’s not. Spare us the theatrics. As for her age, it’s not as big of a factor since she has a plethora of resources that will enable her to avoid things that drain the average parent. Im sure she’ll be able to get plenty of rest so she can spend time with her child.

  5. I think it’s a beautiful thing. Remember the saying “what’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander; something like that. If men can be Fathers way into their 60’s why can’t women become Mothers in their 40’s, even 50’s.

  6. The fact is a woman should have a baby whenever she wants, it’s no one else’s business,and for those of you who are saying that by the time a woman is 60 of 70 not having energy are can’t take care of her child, are you aware in this Society now many children are being raised by grandparents because the young mothers are not responsible enough to take care of their children and by the way there are women in their sixties and seventies who are in better health and shape than women in their twenties and thirties, I think people put too much emphasis on age

  7. For all of you makes these comments about Janet and her age, has it ever occurred to you that maybe she’s been trying to get pregnant for a long time now! And as long as she hasn’t been thru the change, and probably with a good medical team she can have a successful pregnancy….I doubt that she stopped the concert due to a sarrogot or adoption…..if she’s saying that the doctor is telling her to rest, that means she’s pregnant!! As far as her doing the tour….because she’s under contract with whoever is promoting this tour, she has to be careful how she ends the tour…..so if worse comes to worsev, worse being probably next year doing the tour, everyone will be refunded their money…..it’s just a matter of when??

  8. Its not really age . its health and how involved are they going to be with kids late in life . That’s a relative point . As the baby gets older , are the parent(s) going to be physically able to do things the child wants to do or needs to do . But postponing the tour was wrong because even if she has a baby she’s not doing a tour no time soon. There should be a way for people to get their $ back

  9. I for one think it is a blessing from God to all women to want to have a baby when they are in there forties or fifties. If this is the time they decided to become a mother it is their dam business.

    1. That’s true. But this issue isn’t just about age. How active is a 60 yr old ..70 yr old woman going to be with a 10yr old child . its their choice but they need to think about that down line. People say its their biz but you don’t think they need to give thought to other things besides age ? I’m sure Janet’s baby will have no financial or nanny issues. I’m sure it’ll be much easier for her since she has the $$. Ex.my aunt had a baby in her late 40s (48) . by the time she was pushing 60 she wasn’t interacting with him the way someone younger would. We all know how active a 10yr old is . I know a man 75 who has a 11yr old son ! This man is clueless about what this child wants to in his leisure time. Who’s entertaining this boy ? Iphones and social media ! Y’all still say age means nothing ? What is this man going to do when this boy is 16?

  10. I was a fan until this last announcement. I’m done janet and I want my money refunded. You are not going to do a tour after a baby. Your fans have been duped. I’m done. Can you say “lawsuit” I want a refund. There will not be another concert. Janet is done.

  11. I feel like if It was so important she should’ve done that first then did the concert. Now thousands of people who have invested time and money are out of both. It’s of no importance to me whether she able to have a child or not I couldnt care less. But I will say I am glad that I wasn’t someone who wasted their money on seeing her. It’s inconsiderate.

  12. Well, we are all so sorry Janet has decided at this late date to have a child and do the whole family thing. Maybe, finally feels ready and who can’t respect that. I say more power to you sister. If I had your resources, perhaps I too would have a baby late in life…naw just kidding. Heh heh heh

  13. Their is nothing wrong with having children later in life. In fact if more people did some “planning” perhaps there wouldn’t be so many family disasters. If you are healthy, in good physical shape, are married (man & woman), have the financial means and bringing the child into a loving, safe and stable home you’ll be fine.

  14. Women of all walks of life are truly unique individuals. Having a child at any age is Gid’s gift to a woman. Look at Sarah in the bible, she was very old and laugh at herself when God bless her. Any age is the right age if your biological clock or nerves is prepared for a chil. Kudos to women.

  15. You simply don’t have the energy in your 40’s and 50’s necessary to parent young children. Of course celebrities have nanny’s to help them but regular women don’t have that luxury. I have two friend’s who had children after 40 and they are tired all the time, short tempered, and I have never seen them running around out in the yard with these kids. I had my kids younger and I had so much energy. I could work all day, take care of my kids, stay up half the night working on college homework, sleep a few hours, and get up full of energy again. After 40 working all day is tiresome and I’m glad my kids are grown. I look fondly on that energy I had when I was young and would love to have it now but I don’t. And I look arournd at my friends in the same age range and they complain about being tired all the time. It just isn’t fair to the kids.

  16. It doesn’t matter when a woman chooses to have a child, that’s between her and the doctor. Who is anyone to say when someone “should or shouldn’t” have a child?

  17. I do know that women in their Forties & fifties are at a much greater and higher risk of having many medical issue during their pregnancy … But so long as she consult with her doctor and her doctor says it ok.. Then I don’t see anything wrong with it… It’s better to have a baby at 50.. Then not to experience having one at all.

  18. It’s no one’s business, but the woman and het husband. Why do other women have so much to say about middle aged women having babies? If you don’t agree with it,don’t you do it. Otherwise, but out.

      1. Its a comment section and people don’t have to agree. There’s nothing wrong with not agreeing. That’s what opinions are for . Right ? I haven’t one comment that was mean spirited. There are many issues with having kids in your 50s or 60s and I don’t mean $$ or health. He attentive are you going to be or can be as that child hits 10-12-15 yrs old and you’re 60..70 yrs old . Remember y’all said it. Age don’t matter but no one thinks past the baby coming out.

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