In an exclusive interview with Radar Online a young woman named Tiffany Whyte claims that she is Janet Jackson’s secret daughter, who she had with James DeBarge. DeBarge and Jackson were briefly married in 1984, but the marriage was annulled a year later. Jackson was only about 18 at the time of her marriage, so if she did have a child in her very public family during that era, it’s possible that it would be kept a secret. But this is still a lot to swallow.
“My name is Tiffany Whyte and I'm the daughter of Janet Jackson and James DeBarge," says Whyte in her interview with Radar. "She has been denying me for many years. I've waited 31 years. I've been kept a secret for a very long time and I want people to know the truth that I'm not a liar.”
Whyte also says she met with DeBarge’s mother and they went for a DNA test that proves they’re likely related. Still, a pretty big puzzle piece missing.
“So, now it's time for me to tell my truth," says Whyte. "Now that I got the DNA from my grandmother, that it is a possibility... No, it is for sure that they are my parents, she's my grandmother, those [sic] are my family and it's time for me to tell the truth."
Most people will probably say that Whyte is looking for a minute in the spotlight, but she mostly just seems sad and looking for answers.
"I don't want to get famous off of this," Whyte says. "Trust me, I don't. I don't. I just want my mother. I want my father. I want the woman who I could never get a chance to be held by as a child, to sing to me, to tell me that she loves me. I want to know the truth...I want to know her."
Obviously, Janet Jackson hasn’t responded to Whyte on social media. If she did have a secret daughter over thirty years ago, she has a lot of practice ignoring her. And if she didn’t, then it’s probably best not to engage. Jackson also just had a baby, at the age of 50.
[Screengrab: Radar Online]