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.