James DeBarge is still claiming that Janet Jackson loved him in a special way more than 30 years ago.
We totally forget Janet Jackson had an ex-husband named James DeBarge, but he hasn’t forgotten about their relationship — and he’s now claiming that the two have a secret daughter together!
DeBarge, 53, and Jackson, 50, eloped in 1984, but their marriage was annulled the following year. She’s now with third husband Wissam Al Mana, and in April the two revealed that they are expecting a baby together, but DeBarge is insisting that this isn’t the singer’s first!
In a newly released clip from WE TV’s , DeBarge has a chat with his daughter, Kristinia, and addresses an article discussing the claims. “I thought it was time to end this,” he says. “I’m also tired of, um, the media. I’m tired of secrecy. I’m tired of the truth not coming forward and people are being a coward when it comes to it. And I thought it was wise that I speak up 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 that there was no baby. I was under the impression it wasn’t true, but it is.”
DeBarge said his alleged daughter reached out to him roughly two years ago. “A phone call came out of nowhere,” he said. “She said, ‘I have to ask you something. She asked me, did I think I had a baby? And I’m like, ‘Why?’ She began to tell me all sorts of things, and these are things that I share with no one. Only God and Janet would know.” He added, “I know for a fact that she was pregnant when she was with me. I just thought it was handled.”
In 2005, DeBarge’s brother came out and claimed that Jackson had a secret daughter named Renee, but Jackson shot down those rumors at the time. “I do not have a child and all allegations saying so are false,” she said in a statement.