DOES JANET JACKSON HAVE A KID ON GROWING UP HIPHOP?
There have been rumors circulating for years that Janet Jackson became pregnant during her brief marriage to James DeBarge and secretly put the child up for adoption. Janet is currently expecting a baby with husband Wissam Al Mana and has previously denied the report.
During a talk with his daughter Kristinia DeBarge on “Growing Up Hip Hop”, James is asked about the longstanding rumor about a secret daughter with Janet Jackson. DeBarge claims that the rumor is true, something Janet has vehemently denied.
DeBarge said, “I did an article. I spoke out for the first time because I thought it was time to end this. But, I’m also tired of the media, I’m tired of secrecy, I’m tired of the truth not coming forth and people being a coward when it comes to it. And I thought it was wise for me to speak out now because it needs to be addressed. To be honest with you, I didn’t know. I didn’t know. I was under the impression there was no baby.And I wanted to believe it’s not true. But, it is.
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DeBarge and Jackson were married in 1984 when the singer was 18 and the marriage was annulled in 1985. DeBarge’s mother, Etterlene DeBarge, previously claimed that Janet had separated from her then-husband and went into hiding for several months.
Jackson resurfaced and said she wanted to end the marriage and Etterlene claims the singer was obviously pregnant at that time.
Janet’s ex-husband revealed earlier this year that a mystery woman contacted him two years ago and told him she is his daughter.
DeBarge said, “She described as much as she could tell me because she was very fearful at the time. She was very angry about people running with this story about this [other child] being my baby. She got very angry. She’s like, ‘Papa I want to help you out.’ She had so much of personality and she was so accurate with everything she was saying, it was only things that I and Janet know. No one else but God, me and Janet.”
He claims that the woman, Renee, said that Janet put her up for adoption. DeBarge claims that he saw emails that proved the singer had put her baby girl up for adoption.
He explained, “One of her adoptive parents died. Her adoptive mother and on her deathbed said she told her. She confirmed it on the deathbed.”
Janet has always denied reports of a secret child. She addressed the rumors, stating, “I do not have a child and all allegations saying so are false.”