Popstar Janet Jackson has been linked with a younger man and has said criticism about it is “horrible”.
The 44-year-old singer was recently seen with Wissam Al Mana, a businessman believed to be almost ten years her junior.
Jackson, who split from long-term lover Jermaine Dupri in 2009, told Essence magazine the media attacks about the age difference are “really awful”.
“And I have to believe it was a man that started that,” she added.
“Mother always raised us to believe that age was just a number. All of us – my sisters, my brothers – we’ll just tell you our ages because it’s all about where you are mentally and how you feel about yourself.”
Janet also discussed how she feels after splitting from her man of seven years.
“I’m so fortunate. I’m a free agent,” she said.
“I’m not trapped in a contract where I’m unhappy. I’m very free, and I love this feeling. I can do whatever I want.”