Everything is hitting Janet Jackson at once these days. In addition to what she’s been dealing with regarding brother Michael‘s death, US Magazine is reporting that Janet and longtime boyfriend Jermaine Dupri have broken up after seven years together. The pair were constantly fending off rumors that they had secretly wed (perhaps owing to the fact that Jackson and her former beau Rene Elizondo actually were secretly married for years), but now that they’ve split, it’s somewhat of a shock.
Dupri skipped the Michael Jackson memorial on July 7, telling folks that he doesn’t do funerals, but now it also appears that he doesn’t do Janet. A friend says, “You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure,” referring to the fact that Dupri produced several songs off Janet’s most recent albums. “Janet felt their lives were too crossed and they should have kept things separate.” Janet has also been busy caring for Michael’s children these days, which can’t be easy on the relationship.
Just this past May, Dupri tattooed the entire right side of his torso with an image of Janet as the Virgin Mary. He apparently didn’t foresee the breakup at that point. Looks like he’s going to have to pull a Johnny Depp (who changed his Winona Ryder tattoo to “Wino Forever”) and pull off some crafty editing now. [Photo: GettyImages]