It wasn't long after US Weekly confirmed the split that people on social media started buzzing with accusations that the recording artist left her billionaire husband in pursuit of his fortune.
Despite, the singer's established career which includes eleven studio albums and numerous acting credits, many critics have questioned Jackson’s motives to leave her marriage, particularly emphasizing that the couple had a child together three months ago.
#janetjackson Queen Savage J is about to break another record..in child support court. Janet told y'all in the 80s that she's in control.😎— The Miss Corona (@TheMissCorona) April 9, 2017
These comments come in the face of claims that Jackson left due to unhappiness because of a reportedly controlling husband.
So now Janet Jackson, a self made millionaire, is a gold digger? I'm done with y'all pic.twitter.com/IxGWGrVpHu— Isabel (@Mjsjawline) April 9, 2017
Media representations of women are notoriously extreme, and the negativity is significantly worse when addressing women of color.
“...more than 1,200 respondents told us that the images we encounter regularly on TV, in social media, in music videos and from other outlets are overwhelmingly negative and fall into categories that make us cringe,” read insights from the survey’s results, which go on to detail narratives of “gold Diggers, Modern Jezebels, Baby Mamas, Uneducated Sisters, Ratchet Women, Angry Black Women, Mean Black Girls, Unhealthy Black Women, and Black Barbies,” in major media.
Non-Hispanic white women flagged “Baby Mamas, Angry Black Women, Unhealthy Black Women and Uneducated Sisters” as the negative tropes they identified as “most representative of [the] Black women they’ve encountered in real life,” according to the study.
It’s this stigma against women of color, and against women who leave marriages that has driven many Jackson supporters to her defense.
Jackson hasn't publicly commented on reports of her separation.