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Kristinia DeBarge’s Father James & Janet Jackson’s Alleged Secret Daughter

Kristinia DeBarge opens up reports that were running about her father James having an alleged secret daughter with Janet Jackson. Radar Online previously reported that Jackson may have had a daughter when she was married to James DeBarge in her late teens and that she kept the pregnancy a secret. James DeBarge told the site:

Someone had contacted me. She spoke to me by email. The first time was two years ago. I have not been able to directly see her face-to-face. She called me ‘papa.’She didn’t want to get her mom in trouble. She wanted to do it quietly. She didn’t even want Janet to know.

James went on to explain more, saying:

She was angry because another child was trying to come forward and say that she was our child. So she did out of anger. 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.

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So, how did this alleged secret daughter find out she was Janet Jackson’s child? James DeBarge said the woman revealed that her adoptive mother passed away and gave her daughter the information about Jackson and DeBarge. First, DeBarge said he was depressed about the situation, but also felt it was unfair. So, why would Janet Jackson keep the baby a secret from DeBarge? His belief is this:

Fear and lots of pressure. 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.

This isn’t the first time that news of a mystery child had been published in the media. In 1994, DeBarge’s mother came out to say she believed that Jackson had been pregnant. Etterlene DeBarge said:

I saw Janet before she left, and from what I could see, she was definitely pregnant. She wasn’t fooling anyone.

Could this really be true?

DeBarge and Jackson were married in 1984 and their marriage was later annulled in 1985. After being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and drugs in 2012, spending time in prison, DeBarge is a free man and appears to be drug-free. Janet Jackson is currently expecting a baby with husband Wissam Al Mana.


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8 comments

  1. Janet and James were divorced in 1986. This girl was born March 08 1990. January 22 1990 Janet performed Escapade at the AMA’s not possible for Janet to be 7 or 8 mos pregnant with this girl. Furthermore, March 7th Janet was performing in Knoxville and on the 9th she did a show in Louisville and did take a break until the 27th of March. No way she could have given birth to Kristinia

      • From what I read years ago it was when she was on Fame when she got pregnant. Thats the reason why they let her go. She was in “The family way.” She was around 18 or 19 at the time.

  2. If Janet was pregnant, why didn’t James and his mother say something then? If she was pregnant and didn’t want to keep the baby, why would she just have an abortion? I don’t believe this story. Her stomach showed no signs of a pregnancy. James will say anything for media attention. His mother encourages her children to be fruitful and multiple…so happy to say that El has about 15. Who in their right mind would encourage that?

    • Agree! I also think that it’s pretty convenient for all of this to resurface at a time when Janet is pregnant and Kristinia needs a storyline for the 2nd season.