As the life of Janet Jackson takes center stage in a new documentary, learn about the men who have married the iconic superstar.

Janet Jackson , 56, is opening up like never before in her new Lifetime and A&E documentary. Opening Friday (January 28), Janet features the iconic singer, actress and dancer getting candid about her professional and personal life. One of the topics that Janet addresses is her marriage. She has been married three times, and all three relationships did not last long. As the world learns more about Janet Jackson, here’s what you need to know about the three men who have called the multi-talented superstar her wife.

James DeBarge

Janet Jackson y James De Barge

Janet Jackson and James DeBarge.

Janet’s first marriage was to James DeBarge , 58. James, an R&B/soul singer who was a member of the family singing group DeBarge , married Janet in 1984, when he was 21 and she was just 18. The couple dated for two years before getting married. At the time, Janet had just released her second solo album. Dream Street , which followed her self-titled debut in 1982. The marriage was considered an act of rebellion by a teenage Janet against her controlling father, the late Joseph Jackson . The relationship was annulled in 1985 due to his alleged drug addiction.

Rumors have persisted over the years that the couple had a secret child together, which James talked about on the series. growing up hip hop in 2016. “I’m tired of the secret,” he told his daughter in a clip from the show. “I’m tired of the truth not coming out and people being cowards when it comes to it. And I thought it was wise for me to speak now because it needs to be addressed.” Janet also spoke about those rumors in the documentary Janet . “In the past they said that I had a son and I kept it a secret. I could never take a child away from James,” she said, according to People . “How could I take a child away from his father? I could never do that, that’s not right.”

Rene Elizondo

Janet Jackson and Rene Elizondo.

Janet’s second marriage was to the Mexican dancer and songwriter. René Elizondo , 59. They met while René, who is also a music video director, was working on a movie. Janet and René got engaged on a beach and married on March 31, 1991, six years after she separated from James. “I needed to break free from being with someone who was doing drugs and all that,” she said in the document, according to People . “I needed a ride. René was funny, they always had fun together. He was very, very charming.”

Janet and René’s marriage was kept a secret from the public until the couple sadly separated in 2000. René reportedly sued Janet for between $10 and $25 million after the divorce, but the exes eventually settled. . She reflected further on her ill-fated second marriage in the documentary. “We were at the beach, it was raining like crazy, and that’s when he asked me to marry him,” she recalled of René’s marriage proposal. “James never proposed to me. He never gave me a ring or anything like that, so it was different. He wanted it to be. But I thought that every time.”

Wissam Al Manna

Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana

Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana.

Wissam Al Maná , 47, is the third person to marry Janet. The Qatari billionaire CEO dated the “Rhythm Nation” singer for several years, before marrying in 2012. Janet kept this relationship fairly private, not even publicly disclosing the marriage until 2013. She said in an interview: “Rumors about a extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we got married in a quiet, private and beautiful ceremony.” Fans were shocked once again when they found out that Janet and Wissam welcomed their son. Eisa together in January 2017. But just three months later, the couple broke up, and Janet announced the news herself in a rare video she posted on Instagram.

“I just want to make it real for you guys for a second, yeah I split up with my husband,” Janet said in the clip. She went on to talk about how the details of her divorce are being worked out in court, adding: “The rest is in God’s hands.”

Janet and Wissam have not yet finalized their divorce. The exes continue to co-parent their son, who recently turned 5. “You’re growing up so fast. Such a smart and clever boy,” Janet wrote on Instagram at her birthday tribute to Eissa. I wish you a life full of magical moments. You are the love of mom.