Janet Jackson is “in good spirits” these days, her makeup artist says, as the singer prepares to tour for the first time as a mom—and a single one at that.
The pop star announced in January she and husband Wissam Al Mana welcomed her first child, son Eissa. In April, E! News learned the couple has separated after five years of marriage. The following month, Jackson confirmed the split in a YouTube video, saying, “We are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.” She and Wissam began divorce proceedings in June.
In her May video, Jackson also gave an update about their son, saying, “He’s so healthy. He’s so beautiful, so loving, such a happy baby,” and also announced that she plans to continue her tour in September.
In July 2016, the artist delayed her Unbreakable tour, saying she and her husband were planning their family. In her May announcement, she said the name of the tour would be changed to The State of the World tour, adding, “It’s not about politics. It’s about people, the world, relationships and just love.”
“I think Janet is ready!” Jackson’s makeup artist Preston Meneses told E! News exclusively. “She is happy and is in good spirits. I think the world is going to get something really special from her.”
“She’s really excited,” he added. “We all are—a lot of us have been working together for years so when we come together, it’s just like being with your family and when you work with your family, things just come easy and it’s a wonderful experience. Right now, I just feel like the universe put us all together for another moment. I think it’s going to be a very successful tour.”
Earlier this week, Jackson posted on her Instagram page a photo of her rehearsing for the tour. Meneses, a former dancer, is seen dancing with her for fun.
“The tour rehearsals have been going on for a few weeks now and have been going really well,” he said. “They are in there all day. I’m lucky so I’ll come when I can. I come in between my other clients and what not, but they have been in there for a few weeks now and they are in there from morning till evening. They are working hard to put the show together.”
Jackson will resume touring on Sept. 7, when she will perform in Lafayette, LA. The State of the World tour concludes on Dec. 17 in Atlanta.