Janet Jackson remembers being alone after her wedding at the age of 18.


  • In her new documentary, Janet Jackson recalled her marriage to James DeBarge in 1984.
  • She talked about how DeBarge left her alone in a hotel room for three hours.
  • The pair got married when Jackson was 18 and DeBarge was 21.

In her new A & E documentary, pop icon Janet Jackson states that her first husband, James DeBarge, left her in the hotel for three hours shortly after her marriage.

In the first episode of the documentary aired on Friday night, the singer of “Rhythm Nation” talked about how the wedding day led to her suspicion that DeBarge was using drugs. ..

“He said,’OK, I’ll be back soon,'” Jackson said. “And I’m sitting alone in a hotel room in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’m only 18 years old. And for three hours he never came back.”

The pair began dating in the early 80’s when Jackson was 16 and DeBarge was in his late teens, gaining his own fame for hits such as “Night Rhythm.” Jackson says their similar background in the musical family was the connection between herself and DeBarge, which she describes as a “nice guy.”

“I don’t know why someone trusts me,” DeBarge joked while appearing in the documentary. However, DeBarge described their history as a young love story. “I had to be with her all the time,” he said. “We loved each other so much that I think we needed to block everyone else.”

In an episode on Friday, Jackson finally addressed decades of rumors that she and DeBarge had a “secret child.” You can read her detailed comments here.

“I couldn’t keep my child away from James,” Jackson said. “How can I keep my child away from my father? I could never do that, it’s not.”

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson in 2020.

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DeBarge and Jackson were secretly married in 1984, and Jackson was blessed by his sister La Toya Jackson. However, the marriage was invalidated in 1985, just a year later.In her “Janet Jackson” documentary, the singer says DeBarge drug use It led to his long absence.

“I don’t know, maybe this person in me wants to help people,” she recalled. “Unknowingly, when it comes to relationships, I’m somehow attracted to people who use drugs.”

“There are many nights when I go looking for him and looking for the streets — 8am, 4am,” Jackson said.

DeBarge was convicted of possession of controlled substances in 2011, decades later. In 2014, DeBarge He was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.

“I remember when I found the pill and tried to flush it down the toilet. I was rolling on the floor and fighting for them. It’s not life for everyone,” Jackson said in a documentary. ..

She continued. “I was very concerned about him. I found it good for him. I knew he needed help, so I wanted to prioritize it over this ugliness. But I didn’t help. What he needed. “

The “Janet Jackson” documentary will premiere as a two-night event starting Friday, January 28th. lifetime When A & E..