As Janet Jackson Gives Birth, Does She Have a Secret Baby Born More than 30 Years Ago?
Rumors have swirled for decades that the "Got 'Til It's Gone" singer had a secret daughter with first husband, musician James DeBarge.
Is Janet Jackson's new bundle of joy actually her second child?
For more than three decades, rumors have swirled that the “Got ‘Til It’s Gone” singer had a secret daughter with her first husband, musician James DeBarge.
They eloped in 1984 when she was just 18. Their marriage lasted one year before it was eventually annulled.
In 2000, Inside Edition asked DeBarge whether he had a daughter with Jackson. He would neither confirm nor deny her existence.
“I'm not going to say anything about if it's true or not,” he said. “If it's true you'll find out when she's ready for you to find out.”
Two months ago, DeBarge revealed more when he was confronted by another daughter, Kristinia, on the WeTV reality show, Growing Up Hip-Hop.
She asked her dad: “I read an article and it said that you came out and said that you have a daughter with Janet Jackson. Is this true?”
“I know for a fact that she was pregnant when she was with me,” he said.
Kristinia said in a confessional in the episode: “This is a shock to me. My dad is now telling me that I have a half-sister and with Janet Jackson. Very, very, very just weird.”
Jackson has never said a word about the child, but according to published reports, the girl's name is Renee and she was raised by the singer’s older sister Rebbie.
Now, the “Together Again” singer’s focus is on her new baby boy, Eissa al-Mana. But, many are asking, how did she deliver a healthy baby at 50?
Famed OBGYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton told Inside Edition that getting pregnant at Jackson's age is "extremely rare."
Experts say Jackson had a one percent chance of getting pregnant the old-fashioned way at her age. The baby's father is her husband, billionaire Wissam al-Mana, for whom she reportedly converted to Islam.
"When we hear of any 50-year-old woman giving birth the general consensus in the OGBYN world is that women that used an in vitro egg or a donor egg from a time in the past," Dr. Ashton said.
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