Rumors of Janet Jackson and her ex-husband James Debarge‘s secret love child don’t seem to be dying down after Debarge seemed to suggest that there’s some truth to the story.
After decades of staying silent, Debarge spoke with RadarOnline.com, revealing a woman who claims to be he and Janet’s long-lost child reached out to him.
“Someone had contacted me. She spoke to me by email,” Debarge said. “The first time was two years ago. I have not been able to directly see her face-to-face.”
The young woman suggested that they take a paternity test, but that hasn’t yet happened, Radar reports.
“She suggested it,” the 52-year-old said, adding that he has not met the woman because he’s afraid.
“She described as much as she could tell me because she was very fearful at the time. She was very angry about people running with this story about this [other child] being my baby. 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.”
Back in 2005, James’ brother, Young Debarge, did a radio interview suggesting there was indeed a daughter, Renee, who was sent to live with Janet’s sister Rebbie Jackson.
“She called me ‘papa,’” James DeBarge said of the young woman claiming to be his daughter.
“She didn’t want to get her mom in trouble. She wanted to do it quietly. She didn’t even want Janet to know.”
DeBarge claims that in the emails he received, he found out Jackson had allegedly put their daughter up for adoption. “One of her adoptive parents died,” he said. “Her adoptive mother and on her death-bed said she told her. She confirmed it on the deathbed.” In the beginning, he had suspected that Jackson had a baby, and even went on a search to find her, but had no luck. “I hadn’t known [that Janet had a baby]… not for sure,” he said. “I went on a search. Someone went through some serious changes to make it impossible for me to find. This had to be some serious inside work being done with the paperwork. Someone was working with them.”
So when the girl emailed him, DeBarge was overwhelmed by emotions. “I was hurt and I didn’t know why I was hurt,” he said. “I think I was hurt because I had mixed emotions. I felt kind of left out and I felt like it was unfair. At first, I felt like this was the worst thing in the world that happened to me. I was so depressed by it at first.” DeBarge claims that he wouldn’t have cut the girl out of his life had he known she existed for sure. “It would have to be hidden from me if she wasn’t a part of my life all the time and I didn’t know anything about her,” he explained. “There’s no way it could not have been hidden. I didn’t know. Had I known, I would never have kept it a [secret]. I would have been very proud of her.”
Debarge said he believes Janet didn’t tell him about their alleged child because of “fear.”
“Fear and lots of pressure,” he said. “From every angle, from inside and outside… Not knowing how it could hurt her career. A lot of outside influences were involved in our whole relationship to where we didn’t have a chance from the gate.”
Debarge also says people gave him and Jackson a hard time about their relationship even before the baby rumors started.
“They didn’t want us to have anything,” he said. “There were times when I was jumped, physically, and attacked. It was dangerous to the point that I was afraid to go outside.”
Source: Centric TV