Janet Jackson & Jermaine Dupri Are Dunzo!


Tragedy strikes the Jackson family again today as we learn from US Weekly magazine that Janet Jackson and her man Jermaine Dupri have pretty much ended their relationship. According to JD’s close friends, the couple have been moving in different directions for some time now and, you may have noted, that Jermaine was NOT present at Michael Jackson’s memorial service at the Staples Center earlier this month. By quite a few accounts, Janet and Jermaine are dunzo, y’all:

On July 7, Michael Jackson’s family ­gathered to celebrate him at his much-watched memorial service. Noticeably absent? Janet ­Jackson’s longtime music-exec boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri. (A pal says Dupri skipped the memorial because he “doesn’t attend funerals.”) And for good reason. “His friends are telling people it’s over,” a source tells the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now. Echoes another: “They have been moving in different directions for a while.” So what drove Jackson, 43, and Dupri, 36, apart after nearly seven years? “You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure,” a mutual pal explains. (Dupri produced several tracks on her last two CDs.) “Janet felt their lives were too crossed and they should have kept things sepa­rate.” Plus, the polar opposites were never too compatible. “Jermaine likes to be out there, mingling with everybody, and ­Janet’s more shy.” (And secretive: She kept her nine-year marriage to Rene Elizondo hidden until their 2000 ­divorce.) Meanwhile, Jackson is still deeply mourning the death of her big brother. “She’s devastated,” an insider says. “She’s busy caring for Michael’s kids. Janet’s the family’s backbone.” Jackson’s rep couldn’t be reached.

Janet Jackson is notoriously private when it comes to her personal relationships … she was married twice in secret (first to James DeBarge in 1984 and then to René Elizondo, Jr. in 1989) and, for all we know, is married to Jermaine as well. I’ve been hearing that the couple have been on the outs for some time now … I was not surprised at all that JD was not in attendance at MJ’s memorial service last week. To be honest, we may never get confirmation from Janet about the state of her relationship … that girl don’t talk about her personal biz at all. We may have to wait to hear news from JD himself if we’re gonna learn anything for sure. At this point, tho, I tend to believe this report … which is really unfortunate for Janet cuz she’s already dealing with so much right now.


  • Mr. Gyllenhaal

    Janet will come out so stronger from this. I think she is going to be dropping some fierce music soon!

    • @Mr. Gyllenhaal — I seriously hope so cuz her music lately as been terrrrrible. She needs to get back to Nasty-Rhythm-Nation-Love-Will-Never-Do-Without-Pleasure-Principle again!

  • Meghan

    I think it’s facinating that Janet is able to keep her private life so private. I had no idea she was married before. With her it is just about the music and not making a circus of her life. Michael’s kids should go to her! They would have the best shot at some semblance of normal life!

  • Tay

    @It’s Trent, Bitch!

    -did you not like The Velvet Rope or All For You? I thought those were good eras… after that, everything has been a struggle to find something I like

    As much as I don’t wish unhappiness on someone, I’m slightly hoping this is true. JD has seemed like a drain on her career

  • teri

    I think celeb’s should keep their private affairs more private…granted I probably wouldn’t be reading this & posting if that was the case…haha!

  • Bob

    Interestingly, they actually released their press release that they were dunzo the morning Michael died and as you can imagine, it was completely buried…

  • Mrs. Clarkson

    @ Trent…I don’t know about a press release, but it was reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution…JD was contacted via twitter and did not respond with a clear answer as far as I recall. :)

  • kitty50

    Good for Janet. Jermaine is no saint just take a look at this video of him and Pacman Jones in that strip club with the shootout a couple years ago……

  • tishy

    didn’t he just get a tattoo of janet of his tummy somewhere??

  • tishy

    I never understood this relationship. Janet can do SOO much better. She needs to get into the music business and actually go back to “All For You” and “Rhythm of a Nation” and what not. I miss listening to feel good music… everything else these days are about clubs, dancing, getting effed up, and pregnant. BOOO

  • dana j

    yeah I could have sworn they called it quits before michael died. like jermaine got that stupid tattoo then a few days later they broke up then michael unexpectedly dies and jermaine has NOTHING to say about it. janet was too good for him anyways. she was a 10 and he was a negative 8.

  • tatiana

    Its kind of sad. At one point in their relationship, they were VERY happy.

  • J

    OH! Nooooo…
    I was only thinking about them yesterday and have actually been thinking of them for a few days. With the whole rumours of Janet & Michael’s kids, i though of Janet being a mum figure and if she was ever going to have kids. Also wondered if they were married or engaged.

    I mean, Jermaine is a top producer. Discipline is one of my fave albums ever! I mean its one of Janets best and she has alot of top albums. He is just a great producer (Mariah’s comeback anyone?) and her a top artist. They did wonders on that record. Listening to FEEDBACK is kinda pays homage to Michael with the “AH’s” that he used to do at the end of every line in a song.

    Hope this isn’t true. But if so, i’m glad Janet has spoken of it. Her being really private is a great thing, at least she has some things kept to herself that the outside world don’t know. Thats a healthy choice!

  • Dee

    I loved Michael Jackson so much and Janet too. I remember her from just a little girl and she has just made a name for herself in her own right. I wish her much happiness and joy and also for the Jackson family too.