Where is Janet Jackson’s Ex-Husband James DeBarge Today? – In 1984, Janet Jackson married James DeBarge, but she later divorced him due to his allegedly severe drug addiction. The celebrity Janet Jackson has been married three times, but her relationship with DeBarge lasted the least amount of time.
The straightforwardly titled “Janet Jackson” documentary series on A&E and Lifestyle aims to explore the singer-incredible songwriter’s story as clearly and honestly as humanly possible. Since it is being recounted from the perspective of the entertainment phenomenon herself, it also includes details of her failed marriages and unwavering ambitions, in addition to her professional and professional experiences from her upbringing. One of those is, of course, her contentious marriage to her first husband, James DeBarge. Keep reading if you’re interested in learning more about their marriage and divorce.
How Long were Janet Jackson and James DeBarge Married for?
R&B/soul singer, James Curtis DeBarge was born in the United States on August 22, 1963. He was a member of the vocal group DeBarge, a singing family, which rose to fame in the middle of the 1980s with the songs “All This Love,” “Love Me in a Special Way,” “Rhythm of the Night,” and “Who’s Holding Donna Now.”
He is Robert DeBarge Sr. and Etterlene Abney DeBarge’s eighth child. He was born and raised on the East Side of Detroit, Michigan, just like all of his siblings. Later, the family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 2000, DeBarge has collaborated with DJ Quik on songs by the late rapper Mausberg, including “Get Nekkid” and “Tha Divorce Song.”
DeBarge also collaborated with the “Haitian Sensation” Won-G on the song “Nothing’s Wrong,” a remix of the Quik/DeBarge tune “Tha Divorce Song,” in 2004. Debarge also had a brief cameo on rapper J-album Ro’s 818 Antics in 2006; J-Ro is a member of the rap collective Tha Liks.
DeBarge is a touring band that consists of James, brothers Mark and Randy, nephew Andrew (a bassist), and an unidentified niece. They performed at a “Flashback to the ’80s” performance alongside Atlantic Starr, The SOS Band, and the Mary Jane Girls at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. James took care of the lead vocals without El. Despite not being the main performer, DeBarge gave three encores.
DeBarge’s marriage to pop star Janet Jackson in 1984 is another notable accomplishment. James and Janet kind of decided to stick together because they were both the quiet members of their respective families. This led to them getting to know one another and beginning a relationship when Janet was only 16 years old.
The couple eloped about two years later, in September 1984, but the 18-year-old soon realised that her future husband couldn’t kick his heroin habit. James was described as “a lovely guy” in the documentary, but Janet admitted that on their wedding night, when they returned to the hotel, he said, “‘OK, I’ll be right back.’ And I’m sitting in the hotel room in Grand Rapids, Michigan by myself, just 18, and for three hours, he never came back.” She tried talking to him and even throwing his meds down the toilet over time, the five-time Grammy winner continued, but nothing helped.
Along with spending numerous nights looking for James, Janet would often engage in heated arguments with him over his welfare.
“We would be rolling on the floor fighting for [the drugs]. And that’s not a life for anyone,” she said. “I sit and I say, ‘Were you stupid, were you dumb?’ But it wasn’t that. I cared so much for him, and I saw the good in him as well and I just wanted that to take precedence as opposed to this ugliness. ‘Cause I knew that he needed help. But I wasn’t the help that he needed.” As a result, in November 1985, they decided to dissolve their marriage after only a year.
What Happened to Janet Jacksons First Husband? Where Is He Now?
According to what we know, James DeBarge has three children: Kristinia (born 1990), James Jr. (born 1998), and Tori (born 2001). He has also never remarried. Despite this, the R&B soul singer was frequently detained between 2010 and 2014 on suspicion of drug possession and assault with a deadly weapon, and he even spent time in jail for these offences. However, this native of Los Angeles, California, seems to be making every effort to avoid the spotlight these days.
In 2016, James made his last significant public appearance on “Growing Up Hip-Hop,” when he fueled a persistent myth by asserting that he and Janet are parents to a secret child. However, the actress refuted this assertion in the docuseries by claiming, “Back in the day, they were saying that I had a child, and I kept it secret. I could never keep a child away from James. How could I keep a child from their father? I could never do that; that’s not right.” Janet continued, “A lot of the kids thought I was pregnant, ’cause I had gained weight… So that rumor started going around.”
Stream the documentary series ‘Janet Jackson’ on Lifetime and A&E.