After a few months of speculation and intrigue fueled by tabloids and paparazzi, pop music queen Janet Jackson and hip hop star Jermaine Dupri seem to have reconnected their intermittent romantic relationship, which dates back to her infamous Super Bowl halftime show and wardrobe malfunction in 2004.
According to a news report, Janet Jackson was spotted with Jermaine Dupri holding hands and being quite affectionate at the trendy STK restaurant and lounge in Midtown Atlanta. Ms Jackson had just wrapped up a sold-out performance at the Phillips Arena in support of her State of the World tour, which has come to an end. It is not clear whether her former lover—whom Jackson dated for seven years—was backstage at the concert, but he was certainly in a private booth with the legendary musician during her visit to STK.
In September, Jackson’s PR people announced that Ms Jackson and her husband, Qatari businessman Wissam Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana, had separated earlier in the year, a few months before their little son Eissa celebrated his first birthday. Mr. Al Mana is a top executive of a conglomerate that operates several businesses ranging from technology to retail and real estate to entertainment.
Rumors about Jackson and Dupri getting back together started a few months ago, right around the time her separation from Al Mana was announced. As a pop music superstar, Jackson is constantly followed by gossip reporters and paparazzi, but she is known to be skillful in the art of keeping her romantic life private; to this effect, people who were at STK did not realize that Dupri was in the crowd until he took off his hooded topcoat and sat next to the pop queen. Further reports suggest that Jackson was beaming next to her former lover as she enjoyed a vegan meal.
Although Dupri has performed as a rapper in the past, he is better known for his prolific string of hits as a record producer who knows how to place hip-hop acts high on the Billboard charts. He has previously worked with Jackson as well as with Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Ludacris, and even the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.