As Janet Jackson tries to focus on her duties as a new mother, her former mother-in-law, Etterlene DeBarge has come out of the woodworks with some tea from Janet's past, claiming that the pop icon had given birth 31 years ago to a baby girl, and that she has DNA evidence to back it up.
Now, Etterlene's daughter and fellow Motown icon Bunny DeBarge has come forward to slam her mother's claims and defend Jackson — but still let slip some secrets about Miss Jackson of her own.
Bunny spoke to The Jasmine Brand to personally apologize for her mother's comments. "I would like to convey mainly to Janet and her family that we the DeBarge family and especially James had no knowledge of this interview being done," Bunny said.
"We are totally embarrassed and would never do anything to hurt her. James is hurt about this as well and has asked me to speak on his behalf to Janet and Momma Kate and the whole Jackson family. We wish her and the new baby many blessing and much love. The interview by no means represents my family. I believe that this story has been so abused for years. It’s old and it tired and it’s nobody else business to explore."
Peep how the blogs aren't talking about that Bunny Debarge post. The want this rumor to continue even though they know it's a lie. - Tay— Nicole Marie ✨ (@JanetLovesMe) February 26, 2017
Bunny DeBarge shuts down secret baby claims once and for all https://t.co/aWwpM1RwJX— That Chick (@ThatSnitch) February 25, 2017
But shoutout to Bunny!— Nicole Marie ✨ (@JanetLovesMe) February 25, 2017
Have y'all seen this girl claiming to be Janet Jackson's daughter? pic.twitter.com/rg2bkripst— She Persisted ✊🏾 (@divaTy) February 23, 2017
This is a mean thing to say but The Debarge folk need to stay off the drugs and leave Janet Jackson alone— $1.87 (@Asamiiiya) February 24, 2017
Y'all are NOT going to make me believe THIS girl is the child of Janet Jackson and James DeBarge. Nope ✌🏾Go away from me with this Apollo! pic.twitter.com/ZNJ88SFSCh— Ray Cunningham ✌🏾️ (@MissterRay) February 24, 2017
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