Janet Jackson doesn`t mind dating younger men

Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 09:54 AM IST

London: Janet Jackson has slammed critics who think women should not date younger men, saying that age is only "where you are mentally and how you feel about yourself."

The 44-year-old singer-and-actress has said it`s her prerogative if she wants to go out with younger guys and insists an age gap shouldn`t get in the way of love, Contactmusic reported.

The `Nasty` hitmaker has recently been linked to millionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana who is almost a decade younger than her.

Speaking about the criticism that comes with having a toy boy lover, Janet said, "It`s horrible. It`s really awful. And I have to believe it was a man that started that. Mother always raised us to believe that age was just a number," said Jackson.

"All of us - my sisters, my brothers - we`ll just tell you our ages because it`s all about where you are mentally and how you feel about yourself," she added.