Janet Jackson had an emotional moment on stage this week. Fans who attended her concert in Houston on Saturday witnessed the star begin to start crying on stage.
Jackson is on the second part of her tour, which she renamed her “State of the World tour” after putting it on hold for her pregnancy.
It kicked off two days prior but something appeared to get to the singer on stage during Saturday’s concert. The moment came after her performance of the song “What About,” from her 1997 album “The Velvet Rope.” When it was over, she stopped, put her hand over her face and began to cry on stage. It took the 51-year-old singer a moment to compose herself, with the encouragement of her audience, before saying to the crowd, “this is me.”
As E Online notes, the song in question deals with themes of domestic violence. Jackson gave birth to her first child, son Eissa, about nine months ago. Meanwhile, she’s going through a divorce from his father, Wissam Al Mana, after five years of marriage.
Prior to the concert, Entertainment Tonight notes that Jackson made the most of her time in Houston, which was recently hit with Hurricane Harvey. The star reportedly surprised fans at the George R. Brown Convention Center where approximately 1,600 evacuees were staying.
You can see the moment in question in the video below, starting around the three and a half minute mark.