Janet Jackson has furiously denied reports propagated by her ex-husband James DeBarge’s family, who she claims is making up stories about a secret child, allegedly the singer’s niece.
Janet Jackson and James DeBarge were briefly married in 1984, had a daughter together, DeBarge’s brother Young DeBarge has claimed on a radio program.
DeBarge said the child, Renee, 18, has been living with Rebbie Jackson, Janet’s oldest sister. His comments fueled speculation that has been hanging around for years claiming Janet has a “secret” daughter.
“James and the Jackson family kept everything real close, real tight,” Young DeBarge said last Friday on New York radio station WQHT, known as Hot 97.
“They weren’t very revealing about what the relationship was about. No one really knew how it was working out until things kind of surfaced,” He added, “There’s no telling what (Janet Jackson) is telling her.”
OK! Magazine has published Janet’s side of it. She says, “The really painful thing about that is that they are bringing a real human being into it, my niece, and no one’s thinking about her feelings. She calls me about it and says, ‘Aunty Janet, it’s so stupid. They don’t even have the math right…’ There is no way I could have had a child. Everyone would have seen that I was pregnant.”