James DeBarge on WE TV's "Growing Up Hip-Hop'

James DeBarge on WE TV’s “Growing Up Hip-Hop’

*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.”

Janet Jackson and James DeBarge

Janet Jackson and James DeBarge

Jackson and DeBarge eloped in 1984, but the marriage was annulled in 1985.

Watch James and Kristinia discuss Janet Jackson below: