Janet Jackson’s Ex-BF Jermaine Dupri Admits He Was ‘Reckless’ In Romance, Leading To Split

Janet Jackson’s Ex-BF Jermaine Dupri Admits He Was ‘Reckless’ In Romance, Leading To Split

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Janet Jackson thought Jermaine Dupri was ‘it’ and wanted ‘as many children as he would have’ — but says the famed producer was married to his work.

Janet Jackson, 55, dated Jermaine Dupri, 49, for seven years — and the amicable exes are finally revealing what lead to their unexpected break-up in 2009. The “Welcome To Atlanta” rapper point blank admitted, “me being reckless” in the fourth part of the new Janet documentary on Lifetime and A&E, which aired on Jan. 29. “One of the weird things is that dating Janet attracts other women — girls wanted to talk to me more because I was dating her…and I’m a man,” Jermaine confessed, addressing rumors that he had cheated. The couple started dating in 2002.

Janet had heard the same murmurs during the long distance courtship, which had him in Atlanta, Georgia and her in Los Angeles, California. “I had heard he was cheating,” she said. “But there were other things…I needed more than he was giving me. He was a workaholic and he was constantly working — as soon as he was done working, after he would go to the club. I would ask him to carve out a little time for me,” she said.

Sending luv to u today @jermainedupri 🖤 pic.twitter.com/WawgyZDjZ7

— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) September 23, 2021

The producer and rapper established himself in the ’90s and early ’00s with tracks like Mariah Carey‘s “Sweetheart,” Jagged Edge‘s “Where The Party At,” putting together Kandi Burruss‘ group Xscape, and beyond — nabbing him one GRAMMY win and 12 nominations. Beyond his work with other artists, he also released several albums of his own, including 1998’s Life In 1472 and 2001’s Instructions.

“I always felt that he didn’t have enough time for a girlfriend…I would say that work was his girlfriend,” the Poetic Justice actress said in retrospect, before the documentary cut to an old clip of her saying she wanted to have “as many kids” as Jermaine would give her. Back in the present, she said she thought Jermaine was “it” for her at the time.


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Several months into the romance, the couple also had to weather the storm of Janet’s Super Bowl scandal with Justin Timberlake — creating a different dynamic for the two. “I’m sure I could have fought much harder and it would have been something that never gone away,” Jermaine added, reflecting on the length of their seven year relationship. “I dated her longer than her marriages,” he noted, referencing her past nuptials to James DeBarge in 1984, which was annulled, and second union to René Elizondo Jr. from 1991 – 2000 (René and Janet began dating shortly after her annulment from James, marking her longest romance overall).

Regardless of the relationship ending, Janet and Jermaine have remained amicable. “She’s one of the sexiest women in the world, I think she gave more women confidence to try everything,” he said. “I feel like we’re always going to have a friendship, regardless of what I’m doing or who’s in my life, or regardless of what’s going on.” The feeling was mutual on Janet’s part, who said repeatedly that Jermaine is “a great guy.” In 2021, the Gary, Indiana native even posted a sweet birthday message for Jermaine in 2021, writing, “sending luv to u today.”

After splitting from Jermaine, the Control singer wed Wissam Al Mana, 47, in 2012. Shortly after the singer and Qatari businessman welcomed their son Eissa, now 5, Janet revealed that they had separated.

LaLa Anthony, Diddy & More Groove To 112 & Jagged Edge’s ‘Verzuz’ Battle Despite Sound Issues

LaLa Anthony, Diddy & More Groove To 112 & Jagged Edge’s ‘Verzuz’ Battle Despite Sound Issues

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Fans have been counting down to 112 & Jagged Edge’s battle, but the event wasn’t without drama as two of 112’s original members declined to participate.

It’s the late ’90s all over again! R&B groups 112 and Jagged Edge were the latest pairing to face off in Timbaland and Swizz Beatz‘ viral Verzuz battles, and it was one for the ages! Despite on-going sound issues — seemingly a common theme with Verzuz battles — celebs like LaLa Anthony, Diddy, Missy Elliott and Tamar Braxton were jamming away! “I can listen to this EVERYDAY!…Forever classic,” LaLa exclaimed as 112 played the song “I’ll Be Missing You.” She added in another spot, “A complete vibe” and “Missing ATL.” Snoop Dogg was also loving the nostalgic moment, commenting “that s— banging, and “smoke on the way!”

Dubbed “Something For The Ladies,” fans were ecstatic after Swizz — née Kasseem Dean — dropped the news about the battle on his Instagram page. “Breaking News…Just added to the Memorial Day Weekend madness,” he began. “@official_je vs @theofficial112 this Monday ! Something for the ladies…@timbaland it’s a busy long weekend,” he quipped.

The announcement wasn’t without drama, however: two of 112’s original members, Daron Jones and Quinnes Parker, both announced that they would not be involved with the event due to ongoing legal issues. “We are simply blown away for the passion you have for our music,” both Daron and Quinnes wrote in their message, posted on May 23. “From our mouths to yours, Q and I never quit 112 nor our fans,” Quinnes explained. The duo have been embroiled in a legal battle with member Slim — who along with Michael Marcel Keith, will participate in the Verzuz — over the 112 trademark. Drama aside, 112 is still regarded for having some of the biggest R&B hits of the ’90s and 2000s, including the Diddy-produced “Only You” featuring the late Notorious B.I.G., along with 2001’s “Peaches & Cream” and “Dance With Me.” The group also made an appearance on Biggie’s “Sky’s The Limit” which was on his final album, Life After Death.

I just wanna know who frying chicken by the speakers? Is it 112 or Jagged edge?! 🥴🥴🥴🥴😩 #VERZUZ #verzuztv pic.twitter.com/k0jnWHNcyu

— Destiny Jasmine ..🌸📻🔮 (@Adore_dess) May 26, 2020

Jagged Edge’s Brian Casey, Brandon Casey, Richard Wingo and Kyle Norman were all present for their own epic reunion. The group originally came together in 1995 — with a little help from Xscape‘s Kandi Burruss — and quickly signed to Jermaine Dupri‘s “So So Def” records in Atlanta. The quartet are known for a bevy of catchy tunes, including the “Let’s Get Married” remix and Nelly collaboration “Where The Party At?”

Verzuz battles have been a social media sensation since the beginning of quarantine, with epic pairings like Babyface and Teddy Riley, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, and more! We can’t wait to see who hops on the train next.

Audio Push – Rodney’s House (Last Lights Left Album)

[Chorus]
This shit funky like your favorite pot of chitlins in the kitchen
Days ditchin’, late night missions, word up
Oh yeah
Say this shit funky like your favorite pot of chitlins in the kitchen
Days ditchin’, late night missions, word up
Word, word, word up

[Verse 1]
My granny died, I told myself, "Ain’t no more compromisin’"
Knew you’d turn your back on me, it’s not surprisin’
Stop the violence, stop the sirens, stop the gangin’
Yeah that’s what I’m preachin’ ’til it’s my time to get even
At Uncle Rodney’s backflippin’ off walls, stuntin’ in drawers
I’m gettin’ taller’s what my auntie keeps tellin’ me when she see me
Whole street jumpin’ like Jeff Hardy on TV
Jagged Edge bumpin’, askin’ for parties right off the CD, chitlins
Kickin’ it, funky as George Clinton
My cousin make muddy money, still movin’ perscriptions
Can’t listen to most the shit that they’re kickin’, pure repetition
Follow my soul [?] to be somewhere different, no recognition needed
Weeded out the bad energy, I ain’t need it
Zetus Lapetus, you gotta come to space to see this
I drove [?] and [?] both to the hospitals bleedin’
Been a real one since ditchin’ fourth period with all of my heathens
I keep it

[Chorus]
Funky like your favorite pot of chitlins in the kitchen
Days ditchin’, late night missions, word up, word up
Said this shit funky like your favorite pot of chitlins in the kitchen
Days ditchin’, late night missions, word up
Word, word, word up

[Verse 2]
Aight this go, I know, come in, eyes low, yeah
Sorry, I’m blowed, long day, needed dro
Had to come in with my bros
Put a stunt on all you hoes
Yeah, start this winning, grinning ’cause we did this from the kitchen
Put my mind to it, takin’ my time with it
Realize life one time, no rewind to it
And you can’t fast forward through the pain
So when it rain I remember that it’s cold and clean my stains
Never complain, we live
We live, we live, straight up
My prescription can’t fill, couple Anvils
Down to my last fuck that I can give
Now why jump into the swamp if you can’t swim?
I bet it all to my last ten
And push past ten
And when it come back, don’t come back, run back
Roll this one fat, junkie, I gotta keep it

[Chorus]
Funky like your favorite pot of chitlins in the kitchen
Days ditchin’, late night missions, word up, word up

[Outro]
I’ve been on a new wave, lately
I refuse to let you take me
Said I’ve been on a new wave, lately
I refuse to let you take me

Nivea – Dont Mess With My Man letras

featuring Brian and Brandon Casey

Brian/Brandon Casey:
Uh, I like it baby (yeah)
Uh, one time for the club (ye-eah)
Two time for my thugs, uh-huh
Three times for my ladies, come on, come on, come on (ooh, oh)
Uh, Nivea y’all.. Jagged Edge youall… (oooh)
Uh-uh, Jagged Edge you all

Nivea:
It was hard to find a brotha that was down for me
So I’m tellin’ everybody let him be
Cuz he’s mine and I can’t take no pigeons tryna take my baby
So I thought I had to let you know
Find someone that you can call your own
Cuz now you’re walkin’ in the danger zone
And if I touch you I’ll be wrong

Chorus:

If you mess with my man
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Got my girls, got my man
So find your own and leave mine alone
Don’t mess with my man
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Here’s a little advice for you, find your own man

Brian/Brandon Casey:

It was hard to find a girl that’s really down for me
Seems like a lot of niggas tryin’ me
‘Cuz they trynna take my baby, oh what the hell, naw!
So now you really betta check yourself
Messin’ with my girl is bad for your health and
So you know you will be dealt with
Betta find your own girl (last line overlaps Brian/Brandon’s chorus)

Brian/Brandon’s Chorus:

If you mess with my girl,
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Got my niggas, got my girl
So find your own and leave mine alone
Don’t mess with my girl
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Here’s a little advice for you, find your own girl

Nivea:

Girl I’m warning you, if you want my man
You should just keep ya hands to yourself, now-now

Brian/Brandon:

And playa I’m warnin’ you, if you want my girl
I suggest that you look but don’t touch, now-now

Nivea: It was hard to find a brotha that was down for me, don’t mess with my man
Brian/Brandon: It’s hard to find a girl that’s really down for me, don’t mess
wit my girl
Nivea: Hard to find a brotha that was down for me, don’t mess wit my man
Brian/Brandon: So hard to find a girl that’s down for me, don’t mess with my
girl

Chorus:

If you mess with my man
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Got my girls, got my man
So find your own and leave mine alone
Don’t mess with my man
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Here’s a little advice for you, find your own man

Brian/Brandon’s Chorus:

If you mess with my girl
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Got my niggas, got my girl
So find your own and leave mine alone
Don’t mess with my girl
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Here’s a little advice for you, find your own girl

Nivea:

If you mess with my man
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Got my girls, got my man
So find your own and leave mine alone
Don’t mess with my man
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Here’s a little advice for you, find your own man

Brian/Brandon’s Chorus:
If you mess with my girl
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Got my niggas, got my girl
So find your own and leave mine alone
Don’t mess with my girl
I’ma be the one to bring it to ya
Here’s a little advice for you, find your own girl

(Brandon/Brian’s Chorus fades into end of song)