by TRN Writers,
Janet’s Emotional Return to Stage
Janet Jackson’s “State of the World” tour left fans concerned about the state of her emotions after she broke down in tears while performing in Houston on Saturday. Fans say the 51 year old singer was in the middle of a high-energy performance when she was overcome with emotion while performing the song”What About”. Concert goers say Janet stopped mid song, covered her face with one hand and sobbed while saying “This is me.” That particular song is a new tune added to her set list and deals lyrically with domestic abuse. At one point the song asks, “What about all the s** you’ve done to me? What aout the times you hit my face? What about the times you kept on when I said no more please?”
No explanation from the star or anyone in her camp about what was behind the tearful breakdown or why the emotional overload while performing that particular song. Janet’s life has been a whirlwind of change in 2017—she went from having a baby to literally weeks later separating from her husband, moving back to the states, losing at least 50-60 pounds, getting back in shape to perform and resuming a world tour. That’s a lot pressure to deal with even before you factor in the possibility of post partum anxiety.
Whatever the cause behind the “That’s the Way Love Goes” singer’s emotional moment on stage, her fans have been reaching out on social media to let Janet know she’s not alone.
Janet crying at the end of “What About” a song about a domestic abuse and cheating and emotionally says “This Is Me!” pic.twitter.com/LV06a36qaN
— kay? (@noguava) September 8, 2017
— L (@floresca) September 10, 2017
— Chameleon (@Chameleon876) September 8, 2017
Jackson may be suffering from a classic case of ‘too soon’. It’s like she’s trying to make up for the last five years of being married, starting a family and away from the limelight. Janet and Beyonce both seem like they went from the birthing rooms straight back to center stage. It’s like neither woman had a chance to heal and enjoy motherhood before they were back on the music industry grind.
Successful women (and men) trying to have it all (careers, money, family, beauty) often do so at the risk of their own physical, mental and emotional health. There was an old song with the line, “I can rub and scrub til this old house is shinin’ like a dime…Feed the baby, grease the car, and powder my face at the same time…Get all dressed up, go out and swing ’til four A.M. and then Lay down at five, jump up at six, and start all over again ‘Cause I’m a woman! W-O-M-A-N...” That song titled”I’m a Woman” was an anthem to a generation of women who believed in the Wonder Woman mentality. The end result is women having a poorer quality of life and suffering from poorer health compared to men. According to the American Heart Association, “women are also more likely than men” to suffer from heart disease and other conditions associated with it like diabetes, obesity, strokes, hair loss and depression. “Wonder Woman” was a great movie, but to many women are caught up in trying to make such mythical status a life ambition.
Life goals like everything else requires some balance. Too much of even a good thing is not a good thing. Let’s hope Janet still takes a moment to relax and take it easy. The pressure of being on top can’t take priority over taking care of yourself and your child. Her fans have proven they’ll be there…no matter what.