It’s official: We have dates for Janet Jackson’s rescheduled tour.
Here’s the backstory: The pop star postponed her sold-out Unbreakable tour, which started in 2015, and then later announced that she gave birth to her first child. On Monday night she announced to her fans, on her website, that she was coming to 56 North American cities just for them. The new name for this musical extravaganza? The State of the World Tour.
In the video clip on her site, Jackson explained the name adjustment.
“I’m continuing my tour as I promised,” she said in the one minute and 26 second video clip. “I decided to change the name of the tour. State of the World Tour. It’s not about politics. It’s about people, the world, relationships and just love… I want to thank you guys for your patience, for all of your support through the years. I am so excited. I cannot wait to see you on stage September 7. See you soon”
And, in a stroke of public relations greatness, she spoke frankly about her child and her marriage. According to a statement furnished by her publicist, after taking a year off to “enjoy pregnancy and motherhood,” she is “now ready to return to the live stage.” There’s no word yet on whether baby boy is traveling with her.
“I thank God for him. He’s so sweet and so loving. He’s such a happy baby,” Jackson said before delving into her marital issues. “I just want to keep it real with you guys for a second. Yes, I separated from my husband. We are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.”
Tickets go on sale May 5. The first show is in Lafayette, LA. The last show is in Atlanta.
Adrienne Gibbs is a Chicago-based journalist. Follow her @adriennewrites on FB and Twitter.