*James DeBarge is still claiming that Janet Jackson loved him in a special way more than 30 years ago.
The singer revived his longtime claim that he and Janet had a secret lovechild during their brief marriage.
“I’m tired of the secrecy,” DeBarge, 53, tells his daughter Kristinia on WE TV’s “Growing Up Hip-Hop” after she asked him about the rumor. “I’m tired of the truth not coming forward, and people being a coward when it comes to it. And I thought it was wise for me to speak out now because it needs to be addressed.”
“To be honest with you, I didn’t know,” he continues. “I was under the impression that there was no baby, and I wanted to believe it’s not true. But it is.”
Jackson and DeBarge eloped in 1984, but the marriage was annulled in 1985.
Watch James and Kristinia discuss Janet Jackson below: