Janet Jackson debunked rumours that her marriage to first husband James DeBarge produced a secret child.
Jackson, 55, addressed the rumours in part two of her upcoming documentary dispelling various claims that alleged the “secret baby” was raised by her sister, Rebbie, and brother Jackie.
“Back in the day they were saying that I had a child and I kept it secret,” Jackson said. “I could never keep a child away from James. How could I keep a child from their father? I could never do that, that’s not right.”
The five-time Grammy winner who eventually welcomed son Eissa in 2017 with billionaire ex-husband Wissam Al Mana married DeBarge, now 58, in 1984, when she was just 18.
Though she described him as “a sweet guy,” Jackson revealed that it was his frequent drug use that caused their marriage to crumble after just one year.
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“When we got married and came back to the hotel he said, ‘OK, I’ll be right back,'” she recalled of their wedding night. “And I’m sitting in the hotel room in Grand Rapids, Michigan by myself, just 18, and for three hours, he never came back. I don’t know, maybe it’s this person in me that wants to help people subconsciously. When it comes to relationships, somehow I’m attracted to people that use drugs.”
Jackson said she spent many a night searching the streets for DeBarge and would try and flush his pills down the toilet.
“We would be rolling on the floor fighting for them. And that’s not a life for anyone,” she said. “I sit and I say, ‘Were you stupid, were you dumb?’ But it wasn’t that. I cared so much for him, and I saw the good in him as well and I just wanted that to take precedence as opposed to this ugliness. ‘Cause I knew that he needed help. But I wasn’t the help that he needed”
“Janet Jackson” airs Friday 28th and Saturday 29th January at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime and A&E.
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