It’s been eight years since Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri broke up, but it seems old flames die hard. After splitting up with her third husband, the singer is apparently now back together with her former hip hop star sweetheart.
Janet Jackson started her State of the World tour back in September, and after 56 shows in a little more than three months, the final stop was Atlanta, Georgia. This last performance, which took place on Sunday, December 17, was apparently attended by VIP guest Jermaine Dupri. A source for US Weekly claims that the he and the 51-year-old pop diva are definitely all loved-up. The source said, “They are 100 percent back together and in love. They were cuddled up and holding hands.”
Another source, this one for Page Six, confirms that the pair, who were in a relationship for seven years, from 2002 to 2009, arrived at the afterparty together. “They arrived together right after the show. He was dressed in a long hooded cloak. It seemed like he was trying to fly under the radar,” the insider stated.
This reunion comes at the heels of Jackson’s unsuccessful third marriage. She and her husband, Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana, tied the knot in 2012. However, only four months after giving birth to her first and only child in January 2017, the Together Again hitmaker filed for divorce. The procedure was finalized in September, and now Janet is reportedly seeking full custody over her 11-month-old son Eissa.
Her older brother Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson told People magazine that the Qatari magnate verbally abused Janet during the relationship.
“It was quite an abusive situation,” the 61-year-old claimed. “It came on later in the relationship, verbal abuse and being [made to feel like] a prisoner in her own home. No pregnant woman needs to go through being called a bitch everyday. There were things like that. That’s what she went through.”
However, despite the troubled marriage and regardless of the fact that they had history, Janet and Jermaine didn’t keep in touch during their time apart. The source revealed they “had zero communication – she would not talk to him” during her relationship with Al Mana. But now, it’s like they have turned a new leaf. “They are getting to know each other all over again,” the source said.
Previously, Janet had been married two more times. First to R&B singer James DeBarge in 1984, but the marriage was annulled the next year. The other was to Mexican dancer and music video director René Elizondo Jr. from 1991 to 2000.