While many fans were happy for Janet Jackson for being pregnant with her first child at age 49 it turns out this may not be her first child. Her former husband James DeBarge alleges that she actually has a daughter that she kept a secret from him and the world. DeBarge recently did an interview with Radar in which he claims that Jackson gave birth to a baby girl in her late teens.
According to DeBarge a young woman claiming to be his daughter recently reached out to him by email. “The first time was two years ago. I have not been able to directly see her face-to-face,” he said. The young lady suggested that they should take a paternity test, but that hasn’t happened yet. “She suggested it,” DeBarge said. He went on to say that he hasn’t met her because he’s afraid. DeBarge also claims that when the young lady contacted him, she confessed to being Jackson’s daughter. DeBarge went on to say that the young lady was upset because someone else wanted to come forward as their child, so she did out of anger.
“She described as much as she could tell me because she was very fearful at the time,” he said. He continued, “She got very angry. She’s like, ‘Papa I want to help you out.’ She had so much of personality and she was so accurate with everything she was saying, it was only things that I and Janet know. No one else but god, me and Janet.” DeBarge also said the woman wanted to keep their new father daughter relationship private.
DeBarge went on to say that woman doesn’t want to get her mother in trouble and she didn’t even want Janet to know. He claims throughout their back and forth conversation through emails he found out that Jackson had put their daughter up for adoption. He also discovered that her adoptive mother died and on her death bed confirmed the news to her. He claims that he suspected Jackson had a baby when rumors surfaced after their split about a “mystery daughter.” There are articles claiming his family knew she was pregnant but she hid it from them because of fear she was young and it could have ruined her career. He went looking but he had no luck so when his alleged daughter emailed him he had so many emotions going through his head. DeBarge said had he known he wouldn’t have cut her out of his life. Jackson has yet to comment on the story.