Did Janet Jackson & Jermaine Dupri split because he didn’t want kids?

Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri
Last Friday it was reported thatJanet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri had split after seven years of dating. The timing seemed weird, considering Janet seems to be deep in mourning for her brother, as well as being one of the candidates to take over guardianship of Michael’s children. In US Weekly piece, a source claimed Jermaine Dupri hadn’t attended Michael’s public memorial for two reasons: he and Janet were already pretty much over, and because Jermaine “doesn’t attend funerals”. That struck me as cold on Jermaine’s part, but some disagreed, so whatever. Now Fox News (Pop Tarts) is putting a better spin on the whole split story by making it sound like they’re just “cooling off”. The cause for the “cooling off” was that Janet was bugging Jermaine about having kids. Pop Tarts also has a bunch of quotes from insiders basically saying that it’s not over, and that they still really love each other, and they’ll probably get back together soon:

In the wake of Michael Jackson’s death, why on earth has Janet Jackson’s longtime lover Jermaine Dupri been? Last week reports surfaced that the music masterminds had broken up, however Pop Tarts has learned that there is still a chance for reconciliation between the two.

“Jermaine has decided to take a step back and cool things off but they aren’t totally broken up,” said an insider, adding that keeping his distance from the press and Jackson family is his way of dealing with death and tragedy.

We’re told Jackson and Dupri’s romance turned rocky last September when Janet’s album “Discipline” (produced by her beau) flopped and she was then released from her contract with label Island Def Jam per her request. To make matters worse, at the time Dupri was President of the label’s Urban Music division, although he stepped down in January of this year.

But despite the hiccups, the music moguls worked through it and just a few weeks prior to Michael’s death they even enjoyed a getaway together in Monaco along with Jermaine Jackson and his partner Halima Rashid.

“They will be back together in full force very soon,” said a source.

Janet told Pop Tarts last year that although Dupri was “the one” she had no intention of tying-the-knot.

“In this day and age, I feel we don’t need that piece of paper. For myself I don’t need that to validate what I have with someone,” she said. “It’s about a spiritual commitment and finding your soul mate and not really exchanging vows with one another, that’s enough for me at least.”

Another source close to Dupri said that about a month before MJ died he made the decision to “take a break” as they wanted different things.

“Janet wanted to start a family but that’s not what Jermaine wanted,” said the pal. “But everyone is confident they will work it out.”

A rep for the pair did not respond for comment.

[From Fox News Pop Tarts]

I tend to believe that Janet and Jermaine are cooling off, and that they may get back together, but I’m not sure if I buy that Janet was all about having kids. That being said, I do think Janet would be a great mom, and I hope she takes over guardianship of Michael’s kids. It’s starting to look like that’s what Janet wants too, according to a new report from CBS (story via the National Enquirer):

Reportedly, Janet Jackson has offered to raise the Jacko kids. According to CBS News, the superstar, recently split from Jermaine Dupri, has offered to lift the burden of brother Michael Jackson’s family, Prince Michael I, Paris and Blanket.

‘I’ll step forward and I will raise them if this is what they want,” Janet told a media outlet.

The children are currently staying with MJ’s mom Katherine in the Jackson family home in Encino as dictated by the will.

This weekend the children attended a Jehovah’s Witness services with the family and are adjusting to life in the public eye sans masks.

“They believe that they’re going to see Dad again when he’s awakened from his sleep, that is, when he is resurrected from the dead,” Firpo Carr, Michael’s friend, told CBS.

[From National Enquirer]

I like that Janet said “if this is what they want” – putting the emphasis on the kids’ wants and needs, letting them have a say in who raises them. Can you imagine having a cool aunt like Janet Jackson? I would want to live with her too. So… in a perfect world, would Janet take over custody of the kids, then she and Jermaine would get back together and they would raise the kids like that? That might work.

Janet and Jermaine are shown on 5/5/08 and 2/14/08. Credit: PRPhotos

Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri

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  1. Bill Hicks is God says:

    He IS a kid. Probably doesn’t want the competition – or having Prince Michael borrow his clothes.

  2. nelly says:

    “So… in a perfect world, would Janet take over custody of the kids, then she and Jermaine would get back together and they would raise the kids like that? That might work.”

    No. In a perfect world, Janet would raise MJ’s kids alone and Jermaine get lost in obscurity.

  3. Tia says:

    He is so ugly and gross.. wth?? And she really loves the ladies.. so I hope she finds true happiness and loses that wierdo.

  4. Wow says:

    I hope Janet hooks up with Tyler Perry. That’s what I’d like to see.

    But I have a feeling she will get back with Jermaine Dupri later on. *sigh*

  5. Iggles says:

    “Janet wanted to start a family but that’s not what Jermaine wanted,” said the pal. “But everyone is confident they will work it out.”

    This pal sounds ridiculous! Whether or not to have kids is a huge DEALBREAKER. There isn’t anyway to “work it out”! Either one party changes their mind or you call it a day! (see Brad Pitt/Jen Aniston and Sheryl Crow/Lance Armstrong splits)

    I do think she’d be great for MJ’s kids. Though I’d love it if she kids of her own too!

    Also, she is WAY too hot for Jermaine Dupri! I don’t get that pairing, but given her other Ex’s, it’s not that surprising.. Still she should meet someone in her orbit. ;-)

  6. ima says:

    I hate to break it to you Wow but it’s no secret that Tyler Perry is gay.

  7. bros says:

    they broke up because he had to go back to guarding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, because that’s how leprechauns roll, yo!

  8. nnn says:

    She had two husbands and long term relationships.

    Both her exes were good looking. I really don’t know why she had waited such a long time to have babies if she wanted to.

  9. OXA says:

    I do not think any of the Jackson’s are fit to raise the kids. They all are damaged products of Katherine and Joe, they may be talented but I do not see any of them emotionaly fit to raise kids.

  10. Kate says:

    Janet looks like a TRANNY!!! She looks nothing like the way GOD made her so I’m LMAO. She HEDIOUS!

  11. RobN says:

    Maybe she dumped his sorry ass after the tape of him and Pacman Jones at a strip club came out. Perhaps there were one or two too many MF’s for her tastes and his explaining to the strippers what he wanted to see. Made it pretty clear he’s not a homebody.

  12. 1st comment pretty funny says:

    I must say that I burst out laughing at the first comment. Good one!

  13. TinaWithPom says:

    To those of you who have been watching Conan O’Brien’s show for years, doesn’t Jermaine Dupree look a bit like Pierre Bernard?

  14. Cat318 says:

    Jermaine Dupri already has a kid so I doubt thats it

  15. assistantrachel says:

    Personally, I would really like to see Janet get custody of those kids. She’s the only one I know of that does not need their fathers money.

  16. maritza says:

    Janet is the prettiest of all the Jackson family and I think she would be a great mother. She is the best qualified to take care of Micheal’s kids

  17. yae says:

    She has just what those kids need. Hugs and a gentle voice. Like their father.

  18. gg says:

    Let me say I do love Janet, as a PERFORMER, but just because she’s pretty and classy, it does NOT follow that she would be a good mother. For all we know, the woman has bulimia, cusses like a sailor and sleeps all day and drinks all night. I kind of doubt it, but guess what — we do not know how she is at home.

    Don’t judge a book by its cover – gets you into trouble.

  19. Ursula says:

    He is a douche, she is well rid of him.

  20. sickofit says:

    Don’t judge a book by its cover – gets you into trouble
    yeah me thinks this is absolut true in that janet/MJ kids thing

  21. Shadow says:

    Do not judge a book by it’s cover is very true, but Janet has been in the spotlight for a very long time, I think she acted in Good times or something. The point is that I have never heard anything bad about her life style, and even her ex husbands were nice when they talked about her. BUT you heard a lot about the rest of the Jackson family, so if a nosy reporter from the Enquirer or other such mags, could not come up with something, I would be willing to say the cover matches the book.