Janet Jackson reveals how she found 'peace' through motherhood

Motherhood looks good on Janet Jackson.

The 52-year-old singer shares with Billboard magazine how she's changed since the birth of her son, Eissa, in January 2017.

"Even in his short 17 months on the planet, [my son] has showed me that love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper. Love is limitless," she explains. "And for someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else. Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace."

Jackson adds, "I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Recording Artist Janet Jackson attends her State Of The World Tour after party at Lure Nightclub on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Recording Artist Janet Jackson attends her State Of The World Tour after party at Lure Nightclub on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer-songwriter Janet Jackson attends her Janet Jackson's State Of The World Tour After Party at Lure on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MARCH 26: Janet Jackson performs after the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse on March 26, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
US singer Janet Jackson performs during the Dubai World Cup horse racing event on March 26, 2016 at the Meydan racecourse in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai. Janet Jackson returned to the stage after a four-month hiatus for mysterious health reasons, bringing her energetic dance show to Dubai. / AFP / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Janet Jackson (R) and husband Wissam Al Mana attend Hermes 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on October 5, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Janet Jackson performs on stage during her 'Unbreakable' World Tour concert at AmericanAirlines Arena on September 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Janet Jackson speaks onstage during the 2015 BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Janet Jackson is seen arriving at LAX on June 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by HEV/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
JANET JACKSON amfARs 20th Cinema Against AIDS Gala 66th Cannes Film Festival Antibes, France May 23, 2013 ??Kurt Krieger (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE. HIGHER RATES APPLY) Singer Janet Jackson attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2013 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/amfAR13/Getty Images for amfAR)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 25: Janet Jackson attends the Giorgio Armani fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 25, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 25: Wissam al Mana and Janet Jackson attend the Giorgio Armani fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23: Giuseppe Zanotti and Janet Jackson attend the Giuseppe Zanotti Design Presentation during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 23, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images for Giuseppe Zanotti Design)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23: Wissam al Mana and Janet Jackson attend the Roberto Cavalli fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 23, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 21: Janet Jackson and Wissam al Mana attend the Sergio Rossi presentation cocktail during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 21, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images for Sergio Rossi)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Janet Jackson (L) and Maria Davis speak onstage at the amfAR New York Gala to kick off Fall 2013 Fashion Week at Cipriani Wall Street on February 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Janet Jackson attends the Dylan's Candy Bar Los Angeles Opening at Original Farmers Market on September 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 25: Wissam Al Mana and Janet Jackson attend Kira Plastinina's fashion show on October 25, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Gennadi Avramenko/Epsilon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: CEO/Founder Dylan Lauren and Janet Jackson attend the Dylan's Candy Bar Los Angeles Opening at Original Farmers Market on September 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
ANTIBES - MAY 24: Janet Jackson attends the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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Even at his young age, Eissa — who Jackson shares with ex Wissam Al Mana — already appears to have a favorite musician -- and it's not his mom.

"Bruno [Mars] was really the first music my son responded to. During and after his birth, I comforted myself with Brazilian jazz, music that always relaxes me. Then when the baby began crawling, Bruno was breaking out big and on the radio all the time," Jackson says. "That delighted both of us. Bruno is a throwback to the days when the greatest artists could do it all: write, sing, dance, produce."

In addition to opening up about her son, Jackson also shares one of her favorite memories with brother Michael Jackson, who died in June 2009.

"I was 16 and in between my first two records. Michael was recording [1982’s] Thriller. He invited me to the studio where he was about to sing 'P.Y.T.' and asked me to help out on background vocals," she recalls. "Since we had been singing together forever, I knew it’d be easy. I jumped at the chance. I loved being one of the 'P.Y.T.'’s and was especially proud -- I hope this doesn’t sound like bragging — that when the record was mixed, my single background voice was the one featured. I can’t tell you how good that made me feel."

Jackson is also candid about her issues in the past with self-doubt. "Like millions of other women, I’ve struggled with low self-esteem my whole life. I’m doing better in that regard," she confides. "My inclination toward harsh self-criticism and even self-negation has dramatically eased up. I believe in all the different methods of help -- smart psychology, vigorous exercise and sincere spirituality."

While Jackson isn't so eager to offer details about her new music, she does talk about her process — or lack thereof — that goes into planning a new album.

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CIRCA 1969: R&B quintet 'Jackson 5' pose for a portrait in circa 1969. Clockwise from bottom left: Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American singer Michael Jackson poses at a hotel while on tour with Jackson 5, London, England, November 1972. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
American pop singer Michael Jackson attends the opening of the stage musical 'Dream Girls,' In Los Angeles, 1983. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Undated picture of US pop singer Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read /AFP/GettyImages)
(FILES) US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson (R) and actress Brooke Shields arrive at the shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles where Jackson is expected to run away with a major part of the Grammy awards on Febuary 28, 1984. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO/Alan ZANGER (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
American singer Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009) performing on stage, circa 1987. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
American singer Michael Jackson performing, 1987. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, UNITED STATES: American pop music star Michael Jackson sings 13 October 1988 at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland. AFP PHOTO/Luke FRAZZA (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson performs during the opening concert of the Asian leg of his 'Dangerous' world tour in National Stadium in Bangkok on August 24, 1993. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO/Pongsak CHAIYANUWONG (Photo credit should read PONGSAK CHAIYANUWONG/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 7: Singer Michael Jackson (R) and guitarist Slash of 'Guns and Roses' perform the opening number at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards 07 September held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Jackson and sister Janet Jackson have been nominted for 11 awards for their video 'Scream.' AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson performs during a concert at Vincennes hypodrome on September 13, 1992. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO/Bertrand GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) US pop star Michael Jackson waves to photographers during a press conference in Paris on March 19, 1996. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO / VINCENT AMALVY (Photo credit should read VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 7: Michael Jackson (C) performs at Madison Square Garden in New York 07 September, 2001. It was the first of two performances in New York as part of his '30th Anniversary Celebration, the Solo Years.' AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read BETH A. KEISER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: (FILES) This 06 July, 2002, file photo shows pop singer Michael Jackson (L) waving from his limo to fans in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. The child molestation trial against Jackson is scheduled to start 31 January, 2005, in Santa Maria, California. The star has denied 10 charges, including child molestation, plying a child with alcohol to seduce him and of conspiring to kidnap and falsely imprison a child and his family at his Neverland Ranch. He is free on a three million USD bail. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER/FILES (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US pop singer Michael Jackson salutes the audience after recieving the Artist of the Century Award during the 29th Annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles 09 January 2002. AFP PHOTO/Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: US singer Michael Jackson and guitarist Dave Navaro perform during the Democratic National Committee (DNC) benefit concert, 'A Night at the Apollo', at the world-famous Apollo Theater 24 April 2002 in New York. The concert was to kick off a nationwide voter registration drive. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
404248 10: Musician Michael Jackson performs at the taping of 'American Bandstands 50th...A Celebration' television special honoring the music show April 20, 2002 in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
BERLIN - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Michael Jackson holds his son eight-month-old son Prince Michael II over the balcony of the Adlon Hotel November 19, 2002 in Berlin, Germany. Jackson is in Berlin with his three children to accept a lifetime achievement award. (Photo by Olaf Selchow/Getty Images)
BERLIN - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Michael Jackson appears at the balcony of the Adlon Hotel with an unidentified child November 19, 2002 in Berlin, Germany. Jackson is in Berlin with his three children to accept a lifetime achievement award. (Photo by Olaf Selchow/Getty Images)
SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 18: US musician Michael Jackson holds a child 18 July in Soweto, South Africa, where he laid a wreath at the memorial for students who died in an uprising on 16 June. Jackson sang a happy birthday song to South African President Nelson Mandela at a surprise meeting with the president shortly after he arrived in the country. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, UNITED STATES: (FILES) This 13 November, 2002, file photo shows pop singer Michael Jackson arriving inside the Santa Maria Superior Court for a trial in which he is accused of canceling concert appearances and costing the promoter several million dollars. The child molestation trial against Jackson is scheduled to start 31 January, 2005, in Santa Maria, California. The star has denied 10 charges, including child molestation, plying a child with alcohol to seduce him and of conspiring to kidnap and falsely imprison a child and his family at his Neverland Ranch. He is free on a three million USD bail. POOL/SPENCER WEINER/FILES (Photo credit should read SPENCER WEINER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Musician Michael Jackson signs autographs for fans as he arrives at his civil trial in Santa Maria Superior Court November 14, 2002 in Santa Maria, California. The artist is being sued for $21 million by his longtime promoter for backing out of two concerts. (Photo by Bryan Chan-Pool/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Pop star Michael Jackson testifies during his civil trial in Santa Maria Superior Court on November 15, 2002 in Santa Maria, California. The pop star is being sued for $21 million by his longtime promoter for backing out of two concerts. (Photo by Ed Souza-Pool/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - DECEMBER 4: Singer Michael Jackson testifies during the morning session of his civil trial in Santa Maria Superior Court on December 4, 2002 in Santa Maria, California. The artist is being sued for $21 million by his longtime promoter for backing out of two concerts. (Photo by Jim Ruyman-Pool/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 27: (TABLOIDS OUT) Singer Beyonce' Knowles and singer Michael Jackson, winner of the 2003 Humanitarian Award, hug onstage at The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Casino Resort October 27, 2003 in Las Vegas, Neveda. For more information on Jackson's humanitarian efforts, go to musicforgiving.org. (Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - APRIL 30: Singer Michael Jackson gestures while departing the courthouse after his arraignment on April 30, 2004 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson plead not guilty to the grand jury indictment of numerous child molestation charges. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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"The truth is that I don’t try to analyze the creative process while it’s still ongoing. I’m very intuitive about writing ... I’m glad I’m not methodical or self-conscious as a writer. It’s important that I maintain a let-it-happen-when-it-happens approach," she says. "I don’t want to strain or stress. I want to be a channel for whatever images and emotions are running through my imagination. Spontaneity is so important to me. It allows for surprise, and, for me, surprise is what breaks up the boredom of daily life. When I finally get to the music that genuinely expresses what I’m experiencing in the moment, I feel free. Music does that for me. Its healing properties are extraordinary."

While she seems to have a lot on her plate, Jackson has no plans to slow down her music career any time soon.

"The drive is in my DNA. I couldn’t lose it if I wanted to, and I don’t. Motivation is something I treasure," she muses. "Besides, for all its difficulties, this is the life I love. I’m surrounded with a team of dancers, singers and musicians I love. I’m supported by fans that have stuck by me through thick and thin. They mean the world to me. Now more than ever, performing, whether in the studio or onstage, brings me a satisfaction I find nowhere else."

The release of Jackson's Billboard cover comes just a day after the singer's 56th birthday, and she couldn't help but gush over her fans and their kind messages in a heartfelt Instagram post. "Thank u so much for all the birthday love. I love you more than you know," she wrote.

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