At 50, pop singer Janet Jackson had to get knocked up, or else she stays childless until her remaining days. At the same time, having the baby allegedly served as the "solution" to fix her already tumultuous marriage with billionaire Wissam al Mana. The pair did have the baby but their on-the-rocks relationship was not saved.
It could have been like hitting two birds with a stone for Jackson until the pair recently separated just three months after the birth of their first-born, Eissa al Mana. As sources alleged, the pair might have turned to the non-existent "baby ticket" to a harmonious relationship, to which a lot of couples mistake to believe.
It was obvious for a reason but some just could not see why. "Having a baby is kind of an all-hands-on-deck experience. If you are not happy with the crew of your boat when the waters are calm, things aren't going to get better when the boat starts sinking," a New York Post report put the common relationship mistake in context.
Contrary to other's belief, having a baby for the sake of using it as a saving grace does not entirely result in success. A growing body of research already proved that. In fact, a report from Bustle said that having kids is one of the last resorts in fixing a relationship.
Most research points out that it's because having a baby means changing the couple's entire life, including how their relationship works. Undeniably, while it gives unsurmountable happiness, it provokes stress to a relationship, and this can be truer for a failing marriage.
Relationship expert Matthew D. Johnson also stated the same in his book titled, "Great Myths of Intimate Relationships: Dating, Sex, and Marriage," after surveying decades-long studies. In his The Guardian piece, most results concluded that relationship hits rock bottom as the child comes along.
Even though a baby ticket appears like a big shot to the moon, in the end, it may really work for a select few. Among them were "Beverly Hills 90210" star Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott as the new baby "saved" their dead marriage, per Hollywood Gossip.
Hence, who knows what may hold for Jackson and al Mana? Maybe it can be just a time-out for the estranged couple. As the billionaire recently penned an emotional note for his estranged wife on his website, who knows, maybe their love may be strong enough to defy research-proven claims.