Jackson, Dupri Call It Quits

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 17, 2009 4:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – When Janet Jackson’s longtime boyfriend didn’t show up for Michael Jackson’s memorial last week a source said it was because Jermaine Dupri “doesn’t attend funerals.” In fact, Us reports, it was because Jackson and Dupri have split after 7 years. “His friends are telling people it’s over,” an insider says. “They have been moving in different directions for a while,” adds another.

Dupri has been deeply involved in Jackson’s music career, and that apparently caused the breakup. “Janet felt their lives were too crossed and they should have kept things separate,” a friend says. Further, “Jermaine likes to be out there, mingling with everybody, and Janet’s more shy.” And then there are Jackson’s familial obligations. “She’s busy caring for Michael’s kids,” an insider adds. “Janet’s the family’s backbone.”

Jackson and Dupri in 2008.   (AP Photo)
Singer Janet Jackson and record producer Jermaine Dupri arrive at a private party celebrating Dupri's 36th birthday last year.   (AP Photo)
Jackson and Dupri in 2008.   (AP Photo)
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