Janet Jackson's ex-husband James Debarge was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of drug possession on Thursday (24Apr14). The R&B singer, a former member of sibling band DeBarge, was taken into custody on Thursday on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and was held without bail at a Los Angeles Police Department jail.
DeBarge, 50, who has battled drug problems in recent years, wed Jackson in 1984 but their marriage was annulled the following year (85).
Some celebrities sincerely do like to try to keep their personal lives private, and Janet Jackson is one of those people. Rumors have been circulating recently that Jackson is planning her third marriage to businessman Wissam Al Mana — but there's a catch: the two married last year and have kept their nuptials a secret until this week.
The couple has now decided to reveal that they are in fact married. "The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true," Jackson and Al Mana tell Entertainment Tonight. "Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony."
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"Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children’s charities," the couple continues. "We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy. With love, Wissam and Janet."
Jackson has always been somewhat private about her life. After a brief marriage to her childhood friend James DeBarge that was annulled in 1985, Jackson again got married in 1991 to Rene Elizondo Jr. And just like she has done with her third marriage, she kept her nuptials a secret until she divorced Elizondo Jr. in 2000.
This just goes to say that not everyone in Hollywood wants their personal lives flashed on the cover of the tabloids.
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The CIA's got nothing on Janet Jackson. That woman can keep a secret. Remember last year when the superstar popster announced that she was ending her 13-year-long "personal relationship" with collaborator Rene Elizondo? What she didn't mention was that Elizondo was also her husband.
How'd we learn about this little item? The old-fashioned way -- by reading that Elizondo filed for divorce today, ending a marriage we didn't even know existed.
Like we said, that Janet Jackson is good.
According to Elizondo's paperwork, the two wed in March 1991 at their home San Diego-area home. They separated in January 1999. And, rest assured, Elizondo says, they have no secret children.
In the divorce petition, Elizondo says the marriage was deep-sixed by the ol' "irreconcilable differences." (He thought they were married; she didn't?)
A Jackson-Elizondo union had been hinted at over the years, mostly by Janet's older sister LaToya (but whoever listens to LaToya?)
In keeping with her M.O., there's been no public comment on the Big D yet from the 34-year-old Jackson. The singer/actress previously wed singer James DeBarge (of the all-in-the-family band DeBarge) in 1984, only to have the thing annulled before the press knew any better.
Jackson will next be seen on the big screen in "Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps," opening July 28.