Jermaine Dupri Reveals Why He and Janet Jackson Split After an Eight Year Relationship; a Look Back

by Jeremy Spirogis
Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri

There are some {couples} in standard tradition who will perpetually be remembered as fan favorites. Diddy and Jennifer Lopez’s impression nonetheless has individuals reminiscing on their pink carpet romance. Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears will at all times be within the hearts of the 90s technology. And who might neglect the love story between the Jackson household sweetheart, Janet Jackson, and super-producer, Jermaine Dupri?

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Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri 2008 | CHANCE YEH /Patrick McMullan by way of Getty Images

Jackson and Dupri spent almost a decade collectively and had the often non-public Jackson declaring her love and adoration for him on a grand scale. The two walked arm and arm at occasions, with Jackson’s well-known smile rising wider each time she was requested about him in interviews. The particulars of their cut up have been stored below wraps however Dupri says distance is what prompted their breakup.

Jermaine Dupri and Janet Jackson’s relationship

Dupri and Jackson met backstage at her live performance. He instructed T.I. throughout an interview on his podcast expediTIously that the 2 would flirt and share messages by their mutual stylist. As their communication continued, he stepped issues up bu gifting Jackson a two-way pager when he found the star didn’t have one. She referred to as him and the remainder was historical past. 

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Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri | KMazur/WireImage for People Magazine

Dupri says their relationship was nice as a result of they uncovered one another to completely different worlds. Though Jackson was an enormous star, he says she was far more sheltered than individuals would assume. For instance, Jackson didn’t rejoice a birthday till she was 23-years-old due to her strict non secular upbringing. 

I took her to Magic City [an Atlanta strip club]. I uncovered her to a whole lot of life that I didn’t even know I might expose an individual to. You assume when an individual is that well-known, that wealthy, they know the whole lot. They’ve seen the whole lot. But it was a whole lot of world that we was residing in, cultural smart, that they hadn’t gotten in L.A. That’s the place we principally began hitting it off. We had been displaying one another a number of issues. It was two cool individuals exchanging power.

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Jermaine Dupri and Janet Jackson 2006 | Theo Wargo/WireImage

During their time collectively, Jackson gushed about her love for Dupri, telling Oprah Winfrey in a sit-down interview that he made her really feel her most snug, particularly when she struggled with physique picture.

“Up until that point, I would still put on a pair of pants, and if my butt looked too big, I didn’t want the pants, as much as I loved them,” she stated in 2010. “But it was nine years ago when he [Durpi] said ‘your butt’s fine the way it is.” Dupri additionally produced a few of Jackson’s music whereas they had been collectively.

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The couple cut up in 2009, with Jackson saying that Dupri would stay a lifelong friend.

Jermaine Dupri says he and Janet Jackson cut up due to distance

Throughout their complete relationship, Dupri says they by no means lived collectively. “I felt married… I think the only thing that created a difference for me was the fact that we didn’t live together,” he admitted. “We had an eight year, nine year relationship, but we didn’t live with each other… I feel like that’s a part where you really determine if you’re strong.”

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Jermaine Dupri and Janet Jackson 2006 | Jim Spellman/WireImage

Ultimately, he says their cut up was brought on by distance, and the 2 not wanting to maneuver to the opposite’s respective metropolis. Durpi lived in his hometown of Atlanta the place he was born and raised, whereas Jackson lived in Malibu, California. They visited one another typically however when it was time to resolve to actually cool down, neither jumped on the concept to completely transfer.

“She wasn’t willing to move to Atlanta. She was willing to come out here for a couple of weeks. But living in Atlanta, for her, just didn’t really seem like L.A,” he defined. “I wasn’t ready to move to Malibu… I like it, I f*ck with it. but it ain’t… It’s just something about being here. That stuff didn’t feel like the space where either one of us wanted to be.”

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Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri 2005 | Jon Kopaloff/MovieMagic

Dupri revealed in a 2016 interview with The Breakfast Club that he believed he was in charge for his or her cut up, however that he cherished their time collectively. When requested by the hosts whether or not or not he regretted the breakup, he stated he couldn’t give a definitive reply on the time however felt the connection was particular.

Jackson harbored no sick emotions towards Durpi after their cut up, believing it was a major impression in her grownup life. The two have been rumored to have reconnected in recent times after Jackson’s divorce from Wissam Al Mana. 

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Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri 2008 | Michel Dufour/WireImage

People Magazine reported in 2017 that the exes started “getting to know each other again” when Dupri attended her afterparty after one in every of her Atlanta live performance performances. 

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