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Janet Jackson doc sparks curiosity over how long she dated Jermaine

Eve Edwards January 30, 2022
Janet Jackson doc sparks curiosity over how long she dated Jermaine

As the Janet Jackson documentary airs on Lifetime, new details about her relationship with Jermaine Dupri are shocking fans.

Janet and Jermaine were undoubtedly one of the 2000s “it” couples. They were all over the music scene when they dated, but later split due to reported differences.

Now, thanks to the new documentary about Janet Jackson’s life and career, we have a different portrait of their relationship. Let’s take a look at how long they were together.

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Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri: Relationship timeline

Janet Jackson was married twice before she started dating Jermaine Dupri, a record producer and rapper. She was married first to musician James DeBarge. The pair eloped when Jackson was just 18 in 1984. They nulled their vows a year later. Janet Jackson then got together with Mexican songwriter René Elizondo Jr. The pair were married from 1987 to 2000.

After parting ways from Elizondo Jr, Janet Jackson got together with Jermaine Dupri. Reports state that Janet and Jermaine started dating in 2002, when she was around 36 years old and Jermaine Dupri was 30. They reportedly met backstage at her concert.

Their very public relationship lasted until 2009 when they split. A source told US Weekly at the time: “Janet felt their lives were too crossed and they should have kept things sepa­rate.” This was because Jermaine Dupri had produced several songs for the singer. But as of 2022 with the release of the Lifetime documentary, other factors leading to their split were involved.

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Lifetime documentary reveals shocking revelations about their split

On Saturday, 29 January, 2022, the second half of “Janet” aired on Lifetime and A&E. This four-part documentary about Janet Jackson’s life has been made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her self-titled debut album.

The second half is undoubtedly the most explosive, with the documentary touching on the allegations made against her brother and her 2004 Super Bowl malfunction. It also lifted the lid on her relationship with Jermaine Dupri and the real reason behind their split.

Touching on why they parted ways, Janet Jackson says in episode 2: “I had heard he was cheating.” Jermaine Dupri, interviewed for the documentary, discusses that being with Janet attracted other women, although he does not confirm or deny the allegations. The pair have, however, remained friends. Janet even shared an Instagram post celebrating Jermaine Dupri’s birthday in September 2021.

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Viewers long for Janet and Jermaine to reunite

Despite allegations of cheating coming to the fore, some viewers are still rooting for the couple to reunite.

One viewer admitted on Twitter: “Unpopular Opinion: I Always liked Janet and Jermaine together and secretly want them to get back together.”

Others are less convinced, however. Tracie Hunte wrote: “Jermaine Dupri cheated on Janet?? If it’s one thing men always have, it’s THE AUDACITY.”

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