Janet, who’s always been extremely close to her mother, was juggling the demands of a newborn with comforting Katherine, but Wissam is said to have shown a callous lack of interest in his mother-in-law’s plight.‘That’s when Janet made her decision that there was no turning back,’ an insider told American media yesterday.

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In Janet’s eyes, this was the man she had been waiting for.

Going public with their relationship in 2011, she declared: ‘I’m getting older and I feel more settled.

Wissam declared Janet his ‘dream woman’, posting an ode to her on his website in which he thanked her ‘for your divine love, your eternal support and for being my best friend’. Sources say that Janet’s family didn’t take to Wissam and voiced misgivings early on.

Her sister, La Toya, was kept completely out of the loop about their relationship, saying later: ‘I didn’t know Jan was married until I heard about it through the media.’Janet is said to have wanted a lavish, five-star wedding with friends and family present, but gave in to Wissam’s demands for something low-key, in keeping with his conservative nature.

Bemused fans took it as evidence that Janet’s makeover, from raunchy singer to modest mum-to-be, was complete.

So dramatic was her image overhaul — and her new, low-key lifestyle since marrying Qatari-born Wissam, now 42, in 2012 — that there was even speculation she had converted to Islam to appease her stanchly religious other half (though her so-called ‘Muslim dress’ was later revealed to be £1,000 designer menswear from Adidas).We have a deep bond, a deep connection.’Wissam was certainly very different to her two previous husbands.Her first marriage, to soul singer James De Barge, a spur-of-the-moment elopement in 1984 when Janet was just 18, lasted three months and was subsequently annulled.Since the couple’s son, Eissa, was born on January 3, Janet’s low-key way of life has continued.Friends say the multi-millionaire ‘absolutely loves’ motherhood and has parted company from her son just twice: once to buy baby clothes, three weeks after he was born, and to indulge in some retail therapy with her mother, Katherine, and eldest sister, Rebbie, who were visiting last month.The photographs were eye-catching, to say the least.