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Report: Janet Jackson Engaged to Wealthy Businessman Wissam Al Mana

D Dipasupil/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Janet Jackson and her boyfriend, Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana, reportedly are engaged.  Wissam -- who's a billionaire, by some accounts -- has plenty of dough, and he's prepared to spend millions of it on his and Janet's reported wedding this spring in Qatar, a source tells Us Weekly.

The source says that Wissam popped the question to Janet earlier this year, presenting her with a "huge, expensive ring," which she keeps hidden away.  "She's afraid it will get lost, so she keeps it locked up!" the source tells Us Weekly.

Wissam's generosity doesn't stop there, though.  "He is flying in all of Janet's friends and family on private jets," a source tells Us Weekly.  That's no easy feat, considering that Janet has seven siblings and more than 20 nieces and nephews.

This will be ceremony number three for Janet, whose marriage to fellow singer James DeBarge was annulled in 1985, shortly after they eloped in late 1984.  In 1991, she married dancer, songwriter and director Rene Elizondo, Jr. They managed to keep their relationship a secret until their divorce in 2000.

Janet dated Jermaine Dupri until 2009, and for the past two years she's been with Wissam.  Earlier this month, the pair were spotted shopping in West Hollywood, and over the summer, they enjoyed yachting in Italy.

"She wants kids," a source tells Us Weekly. "If she can't have them, she will adopt."

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Janet Jackson Demands Retraction from "Vanity Fair" for Claims She Delayed Michael’s Funeral

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- An attorney for Janet Jackson says a story published in Vanity Fair that claims Janet refused to let her brother Michael’s funeral take place until the late King of Pop’s estate reimbursed her for the $40,000 deposit she made to secure a burial plot at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif. is “false and defamatory.”

In a letter addressed to Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, Jackson attorney Blair Brown demands the magazine “retract its statement that Ms. Jackson ‘refused’ to let Michael Jackson’s funeral take place until the money she put down as a deposit on his burial plot was repaid.”

Brown insists that Vanity Fair publish a retraction explaining that the statement is false, and also demands that the magazine “contact all other media and websites that have re-published Vanity Fair’s false statement and inform them of its retraction and its corrective statement."

In her letter to Vanity Fair, Brown says the article “is replete with additional false and defamatory statements regarding Ms. Jackson.”

The article in Vanity Fair’s November 2012 issue is an excerpt from author Randall Sullivan’s upcoming book, Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Sept. 3, 2009, more than two months after his death.

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Lawyer: We Don't Know Where Katherine Jackson Is

Lester Cohen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A lawyer for Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's mother and his children's legal guardian, said that she and the children do not know where their grandmother is and she believes the family matriarch is being kept in the dark about what has happened.

"We don't know where she is," attorney Sandra L. Ribera told Nightline. "We know that she is in Arizona, allegedly, but we don't know where because law enforcement won't give us the address, because it is an ongoing investigation."

Katherine Jackson, the 82-year-old legal guardian of her late son Michael Jackson's three children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- was reported missing on Saturday after her grandchildren hadn't heard from her in days. She was found "resting" with her daughter in Arizona. X17Online obtained a photo of Jackson smiling and playing Uno with family in Arizona.

Michael Jackson's siblings released a statement on Monday saying the missing person's report was, "created by the very person and persons we are trying to protect our mother from."

Ribera said that while the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department considered the case closed, they were "exhausting other options" to find Katherine Jackson, including seeking help from the FBI and local law enforcement in Arizona. She said Katherine Jackson is being prevented from contacting her grandchildren, "by the people that she is staying with," but she declined to name anyone specifically.

Paris Jackson, 14, tweeted Tuesday, "9 days and counting ... so help me god i will make whoever did this pay."

Sources told ABC News that a court-appointed child advocate met with Michael Jackson's children Monday night and is working with them so that they can rejoin their grandmother.

Court papers likely will be filed this week to demand that Katherine Jackson be allowed contact with the children. Sources told ABC News that the filing would likely include a request for a temporary guardian for the children, expected to be someone already around the children.

Ribera would not comment on any arrangements concerning temporary custody of the children, but said that Trent Jackson, Katherine Jackson's nephew and confidant who reported her missing, and Tito Jackson's children, including TJ Jackson, were at Katherine Jackson's Calabasas, Calif., home looking after them in her absence.

"All I can say is that efforts are being made as a result of what happened on Monday to make sure that the children are safe and well protected," Ribera said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to a "family disturbance" at the Jackson family home Monday after Ribera said Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson showed up, broke through a security gate and apparently tried to take Michael Jackson's kids away. Ribera said the scene was "chaos."

"It was a surprise kind of greeting, it was friendly -- the kids love their aunts and uncles and cousins, of course -- but then it turned into yelling and flailing of arms," Ribera said. "It was very aggressive, a kind of ambush-type scenario, and I saw with my own eyes the kids exit down the back of the house into the canyon to escape."

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Monday there was a "scuffle" between two family members at Katherine Jackson's home, but no arrests were made. Ribera also declined to name who had been involved in the altercation and would only say that Janet Jackson grabbed Paris' cell phone.

"[The children] were very shaken up," Ribera said. "They don't understand why they're being prevented from talking to [Katherine Jackson] and why she's being prevented from calling them. It's been nine days. She's never done this."

Jermaine Jackson released a statement earlier this week about his mother's whereabouts, saying this is all "a conspiracy to deflect attention away from a letter we wrote asking for the resignation of executors" of Michael Jackson's will.

Five of Michael Jackson's siblings last week said his will was fake and the executors of his lucrative estate, John McClain and John Blanca, should step down. Jackson's entire fortune was left to his mother and three kids.

"They [executors of the will] will not stand down because the siblings who were left out of Michael's will want them to," said Zia Modabber, who is the attorney for the Jackson estate.

Howard Mann, Katherine Jackson's business partner, believed money was pulling the family apart.

"I believe that Katherine and the children who are benefactors of the estate fall on one side, and then Randy, Jermaine and Rebbie and Tito fall on the other side," Mann said. "They're a group of people who have a great deal of questions about the administration of the estate."

Modabber said, "I can't speak for them. I don't know what's motivating Jermaine and Randy and some of these others, but money is not a bad guess."

Modabber and Mann faced off in court Monday in a dispute over Mann and Katherine Jackson's selling Michael Jackson merchandise.

"It doesn't matter that it's Howard Mann and he may give some of the money to his family, to Katherine Jackson or anybody else," Modabber said. "You can't take property that belongs to the estate, make money from it, without getting permission from the estate."

Mann's attorney argues the material is and always was owned by Katherine Jackson and her husband Joe, and not the late King of Pop.

Michael Jackson's estate is worth about $1 billion and counting.

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Janet Jackson Tells Niece, Paris, to ‘Enjoy Being a Kid’ Before Entertainment Career

Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- No one knows more about growing up in the public eye than Janet Jackson.

The sister of the late pop legend Michael Jackson went from being an adorable girl on the small screen when she appeared in the sitcom “Good Times,” to being a grown-up head-turner on stage when her music career shot into the stratosphere.

But she’s also spoken publicly about the difficulties of being a child in such a tough business, and in an interview with Prevention magazine, Jackson said she doesn’t want her late brother’s daughter, 14-year-old Paris, to follow the same path.

In the latest issue of Prevention, Janet says she and her niece have talked about it.

“We’ve spoken about the fact that you’re only a child once. I think there’s a time for everything, and now is not the time [to act in films]. I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to college — or not — but wait till she turns 18,” Jackson said, according to Prevention. “She’s a very tough, smart girl. But it’s a cutthroat industry. I wouldn’t want my child to do it.”

But Paris Jackson has already taken her first steps into the family business. She connects with her fans on Twitter, has told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that she “sings a little bit,” and is breaking into her real passion — acting — with a starring role in the upcoming animated fantasy film, “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys.”

The film is based on the young adult fantasy book series by Dennis H. Christen.

The movie’s official website says Paris will play heroine Lundon O’Malley in the story in which “sea magic turns a dolphin into a human, a teenage boy into a dragonfly and a loving jellyfish queen into an evil fairy godmother.”

In addition to her thoughts about her niece, Janet Jackson also talks to Prevention about her health and her recent dramatic weight loss.

“I think people really connect with the idea of someone who’s 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,” Jackson, who is well-known for her significant weight losses and gains over the years, also told Prevention.

But in the end, it’s all about how you feel, she said.

“I honestly don’t even know what size I am,” she said. “Now it’s about looking in the mirror and saying, ‘I feel good. I feel healthy.’”

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Report: Janet Jackson in Talks to Be Judge on 'The X Factor'

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- If Janet Jackson is in negotiations to serve as a judge on The X Factor, she's playing her cards close to the vest.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on his talk show set to air Monday, she reportedly denies she will be a judge on the Fox competition.

However, The Hollywood Reporter says Jackson is in preliminary talks to join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the show. The publication further states that Cowell would like to bring Pink on board, too.

Cowell is looking to replace the judges' slots vacated by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

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Appeals Court Ruling Favors CBS in Janet Jackson Super Bowl Case

Donald Miralle/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a previous ruling it issued that dismissed a $550,000 fine imposed by the Federal Communications Commission against CBS for Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl.

The three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel in Philadelphia determined the FCC improperly penalized CBS because it had not announced a change to its policy regarding indecency until it fined the network, according to Bloomberg.

The appeals court previously tossed out the fine in 2008, but the Supreme Court told it to reconsider the case the following year in light of a separate but related case involving Fox.

As you'll recall, Justin Timberlake briefly exposed Janet Jackson's nipple during their performance in the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, in an incident which introduced the world to the term "wardrobe malfunction."

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Female Musicians Being Featured in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Exhibit

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys aren't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- yet -- but they're all featured in a brand-new exhibit opening Friday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Called Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion & Power, the exhibit traces the influence of women in rock and its related genres over nearly 100 years.  Organized by era, it highlights the female blues singers and country artists of the 1920s, the early female rock 'n rollers of the fifties, the girl groups, rock icons and singer-songwriters of the sixties, the disco and punk queens of the seventies, the music video stars of the '80s, the teen idols of the '90s and the massive pop stars of today.

Jim Henke, the chief curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, told ABC News Radio, "I think when people think back, they always think of the men in rock and roll, but the reality was that, going back to the roots, women have played an important role, and we really wanted to show that."

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Female Artists to Be Featured in Rock Hall of Fame Exhibit

Photo Courtesy - Streamline/KonLive/Interscope(CLEVELAND) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will be opening a new exhibit dedicated to the "women who rock."

The exhibit will explore female musicians who've influenced the rock genre through the decades, including more recent artists like Lady Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper and Janet Jackson.

The exhibit, which is called "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power," will be open from May 13 of this year to Feb. 26 of next year.

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Janet Jackson Announces North American Tour Dates

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Janet Jackson's forthcoming Number Ones -- Up Close and Personal tour will kick off in February in the Philippines, but she'll bring the tour to America starting March 7 and 8 with two shows in Chicago.

As of now, she has dates scheduled through April 23, with the tour wrapping up with a two-night Las Vegas stand at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  The singer will only be performing songs from her 2009 CD, Number Ones.

Jackson said in a statement on her website, "These concerts are not about special effects.  This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years.  I'll be singing and dancing from my heart.  The music will be all the songs that you've made number ones for me...let's go!"

Here are Jackson's tour dates:

3/7-8 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
3/12 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
3/16 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/18 -- New York, N.Y., Radio City Music Hall
3/22 -- Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall
3/25-26 -- Atlantic City, N.J., Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center
3/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
3/31 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
4/2 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
4/6 -- Denver, CO, Wells Fargo Theatre
4/8 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
4/9 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
4/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Gibson Amphitheatre
4/19 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
4/22-23 -- Las Vegas, NV, Caesar's Palace - The Colosseum

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Stars Dish On How They'll Be Spending Halloween This Year

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stars love Halloween, but maybe that's because it's a rare chance for them to go out in public without being recognized.  Here's a roundup of how some stars, and their kids, are celebrating Halloween this weekend:

-- If a car approaches you in Los Angeles on Halloween and someone in that car offers you all the candy you want, don't run the other way -- it just might be Janet Jackson.  She tells ABC News Radio, "I like to get those plastic laundry bags, and fill it with candy, and drive around and just give it to kids....we drive around in the car and let them take as much as they want."

-- Jon Bon Jovi has four kids, and he says his two youngest ones have their costumes all planned out -- for the moment.  He says his son Romeo "is some character called Toad," admitting, "I don't know what that is."  And his son Jacob is "some kind of zombie ninja something-or-other, the bloodier the better for him."  But, he adds, "You know as well as I know it, it will change between now and the weekend."

-- Jesse McCartney says he hasn't done much for Halloween in recent years, but he and his buddies have a big plan for a costume this year: they want to go as Blackberry Emoticons.  McCartney says, "We wanna paint our faces yellow, and put on white t-shirts, and then draw...all the faces: happy, sad, embarrassed, sick... one guy will be green...I think it'd be kinda fun."

-- Melissa Etheridge has four kids, and she says her two older ones are still way into Halloween.  She says her son plans to go as a backyard this year -- she explains, "He dresses up all in Astroturf."  Etheridge's friend Crystal Bowersox says her little son Tony has been pretending to be a dog lately, so she might dress him as a puppy.  Alternately, Bowersox says, "Maybe I'll be Snoopy and he's Woodstock or something," adding, " We're gonna do a family Halloween.  It's gonna be really cheesy, horrible and over-the-top."

-- Taio Cruz says that he plans to go as "the most evil thing in the world -- a lawyer."  He'll just wear a suit, he says.  Otherwise, he adds, "I'll be a Jedi or something like that, and go hang out with some friends."

-- Carrying on a joke he's been doing for the past 40 years, Donny Osmond says, "I'm gonna dress up and be somebody really, really scary.  I'm gonna dress up as Marie."

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