In 1991, she secretly married Mexican-American René Elizondo, Jr., who she had met in the middle of the 80’s. René was a creative influence over her career, directing music videos and composing songs with her. They separated in 1999 and the union was revealed only when he filed for divorce in 2000. The multimillion-dollar claim generated the song ‘Son of a Gun’ – although Janet denies that referred to it. In 2001, Janet Jackson recorded the remix to ‘Someone To Call My Lover’ with producer Jermaine Dupri, famous for hits by Mariah Carey and Usher. At a birthday party, he gifted her with a pager, which was one of her wishes at the time. Hence a relationship that lasted until 2009, finishing on friendly terms. JD also participated actively on her career, especially on the album 20 Y.O., and still producing for Janet after their breakup.
Em 2013, Janet se casou com o empresário catarense Wissam Al Mana, que conheceu nos anos 2000 – dado o interesse de ambos por moda. Desde então, Janet viveu uma vida mais reservada no Oriente Médio, até o anúncio de seu novo projeto, em 16 de Maio de 2015.