It's the beginning of the end.
Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana appeared in the Royal Courts of Justice in London Thursday to begin their divorce proceedings. The 51-year-old "That's the Way Love Goes" singer left with her assistant and her legal team and looked to be "in great spirits," an onlooker says. The 42-year-old Qatari businessman, meanwhile, exited without an entourage and appeared "somber."
The former couple appeared in the only court where the media is not allowed.
A source believes the exes had a private meeting with Justice Anna Pauffley that began at 10 a.m. local time. Wissam was the first to leave at 4:10 p.m., followed by Janet 20 minutes later.
Janet and Wissam married in 2012, and five years later, they welcomed a son, Eissa Al Mana. Three months after Eissa's birth, Janet's rep told E! News the couple had decided to call it quits.