Janet Jackson’s ex-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri has spoken out about their relationship, referring to her as “one of the sexiest females in the world.”
The music legend is the subject of a new two-night, four-hour documentary event on Lifetime and A&E that recounts her career and personal life and marks the 40th anniversary of her debut solo album.
Dupri praised his ex-girlfriend, claiming that they have remained friends for over a decade and will do so in the future.
“You always need a Janet Jackson in your life, she’s a one-of-a-kind, iconic triple threat,” he remarked of the “That’s the Way Love Goes” singer.
“She’s a musician, an actress, and she can pretty much do anything she wants.” Hers is one of the most enduring legacies we’ve ever seen.
“She’s been many different levels and can continue to be so many different layers.” Janet Jackson doesn’t need to do anything to get you to say anything else because she’s tough, she’s not a pushover, and she can become loud.”
“She’s one of the sexiest ladies in the world,” he continued, reflecting on their relationship. “I think she gave more women courage to do everything.”
“I feel like we’ll always have a friendship, regardless of what I’m doing or who’s in my life, or whatever’s going on.”
“I didn’t think Janet Jackson would make a difference in my life, but she did.”
Janet Jackson’s Dating History
James DeBarge, 1984–85
Jackson eloped with guitarist James DeBarge in 1984, when she was 18 years old.
Their marriage lasted only a year and was annulled in November 1985.
According to USA Today, Jackson denied having a child with DeBarge and had her sister Rebbie care for the child in her absence.
I could never keep a child from James. Keeping a child away from their father? That’s not right, I couldn’t do it.”
“They said I was parenting her daughter,” Rebbie said, firmly. “I have no idea who thought that up.”
René Elizondo Jr. – 1987 to 2000
Michael Jackson began dating René Elizondo Jr., a Mexican artist and music video director, in 1987 while supporting her sister La Toya.
During their relationship, he co-wrote 37 songs and directed many of her videos.
The couple married in secret in 1991, and the world learnt about their relationship when Elizondo Jr. filed for divorce in 2000.
In a statement to Rolling Stone at the time, she explained why she wanted to keep her marriage quiet.
“Since I was a child, my personal life has been lived in the public eye,” Jackson remarked.
“To respond, ‘No, we’re not,’ when they inquire [whether we’re married]? I disliked it. It hurt a lot. But I’d do anything to keep what we had. Because I think it’s difficult in this profession, marriage.
Jermaine Dupri – 2002-09
After her divorce from Elizondo Jr. in 2002, Jackson began dating Jermaine Dupri, and the two dated until 2009.
According to a clip from the forthcoming documentary, the two have remained friends since their breakup.
In September 2021, Jackson used Instagram to wish Dupri a happy birthday, noting that she was “sending luv” on his wonderful day.
Wissam Al Mana – 2012 to 2017
Janet Jackson is a famous singer from the United States. Wissam Al Mana is a member of the Wissam Al Mana group.
Jackson met Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana in 2010, and the two began dating soon after, eventually marrying in 2012.
Eissa Al Mana, the couple’s five-year-old son, was born on January 3, 2017 and is the couple’s first child.
The singer and Al Mana discreetly separated in April of that year, and a source told People magazine that despite their breakup, they planned to raise their child together.
“They separated up soon after the baby was born,” a source told the tabloid at the time. The cultural differences between Eissa and Wissam were much more apparent once she arrived. They originate from completely different universes.”