Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri Split

Celebrity News Jul. 17, 2009 AT 12:26PM
Janet Jackson and  Jermaine Dupr Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri attend Jermaine Dupri's 36th birthday party at Tenjune on September 23, 2008 in New York City. Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage.com

On July 7, Michael Jackson's family gathered to celebrate him at his much-watched memorial service. Noticeably absent? Janet Jackson's longtime music-exec boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri. (A pal says Dupri skipped the memorial because he "doesn't attend funerals.")

Relive Michael Jackson's most unforgettable moments.

And for good reason. "His friends are telling people it's over," a source tells the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now. Echoes another: "They have been moving in different directions for a while."

See 32 photos from inside Michael Jackson's memorial.

So what drove Jackson, 43, and Dupri, 36, apart after nearly seven years? "You shouldn't mix business with pleasure," a mutual pal explains. (Dupri produced several tracks on her last two CDs.) "Janet felt their lives were too crossed and they should have kept things sepa­rate."

See who else is single this summer.

Plus, the polar opposites were never too compatible. "Jermaine likes to be out there, mingling with everybody, and Janet's more shy." (And secretive: She kept her nine-year marriage to Rene Elizondo hidden until their 2000 ­divorce.) Meanwhile, Jackson is still deeply mourning the death of her big brother. "She's devastated," an insider says. "She's busy caring for Michael's kids. Janet's the family's backbone."

See photos of Jackson and his kids through the years.

Jackson's rep couldn't be reached.

How we use your email
X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Us Weekly and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

comments powered by Disqus

ADVERTISEMENT