Tuesday, March 14, 2017 1:11 PM
Janet Jackson & James DeBarge's Alleged Secret Daughter Speaks OutBy: Monya Fleming
A Philadelphia woman named Tiffany Whyte has come forward claiming to be Janet Jackson and James DeBarge's secret daughter. There have been rumors since the 1980s that Janet had secretly given birth to a daughter during her brief marriage to DeBarge. Could Tiffany Whyte be the real deal?
Tiffany is now speaking out on the matter, saying, "I’ve been kept a secret a very long time. I want people to know the truth. [Janet] has been denying me for many years. I waited 31 years."
She continues, "I want people to know the truth. Now it’s time for me to tell my truth."
Tiffany revealed that she grew up in the foster care system and found out seven years ago that Janet was her mother.
DeBarge previously claimed that Janet had given a child up for adoption before they split in 1985. The singer claimed that he and Jackson had a secret daughter, making the confession after he was confronted about the rumors by his 27-year-old daughter, Kristinia Jamie.
James revealed during a scene on "Growing Up Hip Hop" that he was tired of keeping the secret. He said he didn't know there was a secret child and didn't want to believe the rumors. However, he said, "I thought it was wise for me to speak out now because it needs to be addressed."
DeBarge’s mother, Etterlene DeBarge, 81, previously revealed that Janet might have been pregnant during her marriage to her son. Etterlene said that Jackson was "getting fat" just before she went into hiding for several months.
Just last month, the secret baby story made headlines again when DeBarge's mother Etterlene revealed that she and Tiffany had taken a DNA test and that it was a match.
James older sister, Bunny, tried to shut down the secret baby rumors. In a written statement, Bunny said that she was embarrassed by her mother’s interview on "Inside Edition" interview and stated the DeBarge family wished Janet Jackson and her new baby “many blessings and much love.” Bunny did admit that Janet had been pregnant, but claims the pregnancy was terminated..”
Tiffany Whyte is now coming forward to say that she just wants "to know the truth."
Whyte reveals that during Janet's pregnancy with her son last year that she contacted the singer on Facebook. Tiffany stated that she asked Janet why she was so thrilled about the baby when she kept her a secet.
Tiffany stated, "I wish Janet Jackson would just tell the truth I mean how long is she gonna wait or drag this thing out. I'm about to bust it all out real talk and I don’t care anymore she taking to long!"
Whyte told Radaronline that she doesn't want anything from Janet. "I don't want to get famous off of this. Trust me, I don't. I just want my mother. I want my father. I want to know the truth. I want to know her!"
Janet, 50, and her husband, Wissam Al Mana, welcomed a baby boy named Eissan on January 3, 2017. Jackson has always denied reports of a secret child. She addressed the rumors previously, stating, "I do not have a child and all allegations saying so are false."
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