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Janet Jackson's Ex-Husband Finally Speaks On Their Alleged Secret Daughter

Sources claim Janet and ex-husband James DeBarge have a child together, and now DeBarge is speaking out.

News of Janet Jackson's pregnancy broke last week, but sources are claiming that the child Janet is expecting with husband Wissam Al Mana isn't her first after all.

According to Radar Online, Janet had a child during her short marriage to James DeBarge in the early 1980's. Now DeBarge is claiming that not only did they have a secret daughter that he knew nothing about, but he claims she recently reached out to him. If true, she would most likely be in her 30's now. 

"Someone had contacted me. She spoke to me by e-mail," DeBarge told Radar. "The first time was two years ago. I have not been able to directly see her face-to-face."

DeBarge claims that he had no idea about the daughter Janet allegedly put up for adoption.

"I hadn't known [that Janet had a baby]... not for sure," DeBarge said. "I went on a search. Someone went through some serious changes to make it impossible for me to find. This had to be some serious inside work being done with the paperwork. Someone was working with them."

DeBarge thinks that it was fear that led Janet to keeping everything a secret.

"Fear and lots of pressure," DeBarge continued. "From every angle, from inside and outside... Not knowing how it could hurt her career. A lot of outside influences were involved in our whole relationship to where we didn't have a chance from the gate."

Janet has yet to respond to her ex-husband's claims.

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