Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson’s ex-boyfriend, is providing insight into what it was like dating her ahead of the release of her documentary.
Dupri recently appeared on Atlanta’s Majic 107.9 with Ryan Cameron and explained why men have to set up their game when dating a famous and rich woman.
“You can’t really play with rich women. They can do whatever they want to do,” Dupri said. “You hang up on the phone with a rich woman and call her all kinds of names and she calls you all kinds of names. You think you hung up the phone and then the doorbell rings. You’re like ‘What? What’s going on? And that person is at your house.”
After Cameron made a joke about Jackson having “access to the G4’s and G5’s,” Dupri explained how difficult it is to play any woman, let alone one with money and power.
“ACCESS?” DUPRI SAID. “THEY GOT A G4! YOU CAN’T PLAY WITH RICH WOMEN, MAN. YOU CAN’T DO THAT…YOU CAN’T PLAY WITH A POOR WOMAN, BUT YOU CAN’T PLAY WITH A RICH WOMAN. NOT THE GAMES.”
The So So Def founder explained how Jackson’s six famous older brothers impacted how she approached romantic relationships. Dupri recalled Jackson saying to him, “Jermaine, I got six brothers.”
“‘Like, there’s nothing you can tell me that I ain’t heard. So make sure you think about what you say before you say it, because I done heard it all,’ and I was like damn.… That’s a crazy statement. She got six famous brothers, not no little regular dudes…She’s heard every lie that a man could possibly tell,” Dupri told the host.
When Cameron asked if Jackson was warning Dupri not to mess with her, he clarified.
“YEAH, OF COURSE, IT WAS. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT IT WAS A WARNING THAT ‘YOU WON’T GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING BECAUSE I’VE HEARD IT ALL,’” DUPRI SAID.
From 2000 to 2008, Dupri and Jackson were in a relationship. Following their divorce, Jackson married billionaire Wissam Al Mana and gave birth to Eissa Al Mana, her son. Jackson and Wissam will end the relationship in December 2020.