Janet Jackson addresses secret baby rumors with ex James DeBarge in documentary


  • Janet Jackson is set to debunk various claims about herself in the upcoming documentary Janet.
  • These include rumors that her niece Brandi was her daughter and that she gave her alleged secret child to brother Jackie to raise
  • Jackson believes the rumors started because she had gained weight from the birth control pills she was taking

Janet Jackson has denied long-standing rumors that she secretly had a baby with ex-husband James DeBarge during their year-long marriage in the 1980s.

Jackson, 55, dispelled various claims in the second part of the forthcoming two-day documentary about the life of the singer “Janet”, including that her alleged “secret baby” was raised by her sister Rebbie or brother Jackie.

“They used to say I had a kid and I kept it a secret,” Jackson was quoted as saying by People. “I could never keep a child away from James. How could I keep a child away from his father? I could never do that, that’s not right.”

The “Scream” singer listed various rumors she’d heard about herself over the years, including claims that her nieces Brandi and Stevanna were her daughters and that she gave her alleged secret child to brother Jackie to raise.

Jackson shared her theory on how these rumors might have started, noting that she gained weight while filming the show Fame due to the birth control pills she was taking at the time.

“A lot of kids thought I was pregnant because I gained weight and started taking the pill,” she explained. “And back then, you could gain weight by taking them, and that’s what happened to me. So this rumor went around.”

Jackson also reflected on her marriage to DeBarge, whom she married in 1984 when she was only 18. The artist described him as “a sweet guy” and blamed his frequent drug use for their failed marriage.

She recalled sitting alone in her hotel room in Grand Rapids, Michigan after her wedding. While DeBarge told her he’d be “right back,” the singer said he didn’t return for hours that night. However, Jackson said she still wanted to help him.

“When it comes to relationships, I’m kind of attracted to people who do drugs,” Jackson admitted.

According to Jackson, she spent many nights scouring the streets for DeBarge and trying to flush his pills down the toilet. She also recalled her struggles around his addiction.

“I cared for him so much and I also saw the good in him and I just wanted that to take precedence over this ugliness. Because I knew he needed help. But I wasn’t the help he needed,” she shared.

The couple’s marriage was short-lived and they had an annulment in November 1985.

“I was just incredibly innocent,” Jackson said in the documentary of their time together. “That’s the thing, is the innocence. And it’s just hurtful for someone to see that and just try to take advantage of it… It’s still painful.”

Jackson later welcomed a son, Eissa, with her third husband, billionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana, in 2017. The couple split just three months later.

Jackson will also address allegations of sexual abuse by her brother Michael Jackson and the “Nipplegate” scandal involving Justin Timberlake in the two-day documentary.

“Janet” premieres Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST on Lifetime and A&E.

Janet Jackson and ex Wissam Al Mana reportedly have different views on parenting. Pictured: The singer-songwriter at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards 2018 at the MGM Grand Resort International in Las Vegas on May 20, 2018. Photo: Getty Images/Lisa O’Connor

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