Giorgio Armani - Front Row - MFW F/W 2013Janet Jackson is starting 2017 with the most principle of pleasures: motherhood! The 50-year-old singer/actress welcomed her first child today (Tuesday, Jan. 3). Her rep confirmed the happy news to People, sharing the following statement:

"Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana are thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world. Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably."

What a blessing -- borderline miracle -- for the new year. (The name Eissa is reportedly pronounced like EYE-ssa.) News broke last spring that Jackson and her Qatari businessman husband were expecting their first child. Jackson postponed her Unbreakable World Tour to focus on her family, and she managed to keep the months of her pregnancy pretty private. A source told People in September that Janet was "super excited about her pregnancy" and doing "extremely well" up to that point. "She actually feels very good about everything." Good for her. She must've done something right, probably more than one something, to have such smooth sailing.

In addition to being one of the bestselling artists of our time, Jackson is also an actress known from the TV series "Fame," "Diff'rent Strokes," and "Good Times," plus the movies "Poetic Justice," "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," "For Colored Girls," and both "Why Did I Get Married?" and its sequel.

Congrats to this happy, healthy family, and best wishes for the future.

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