Did Janet Jackson Ever Address Bobby Brown’s Claim of Their Affair?

Janet Jackson has had a few loves of her life, her most famous was with super-producer Jermaine Dupri. Before Dupri, Jackson was married twice and later married again before having her first child at age 50. But out of all of her romances, Jackson has never spoken out on one alleged affair: Bobby Brown. Brown detailed the two’s alleged brief romance on several occasions.

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Janet Jackson during 5th Annual American Cinema Awards 1987 | Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Bobby Brown claimed in his autobiography that he had an affair with Janet Jackson

The “My Prerogative” singer penned a memoir, Every Little Step, where he detailed the alleged affair between him and Jackson. A BET miniseries that starred Woody McClain as Brown shows him falling hard for Jackson (Cree David). But their alleged affair was short-lived.

In the book, Brown says the affair began as Jackson was engaged to René Elizondo, Jr. In the miniseries, Brown is depicted as a lovesick star vying for Jackson’s attention. Jackson refuses to publicly acknowledge their romance due to her engagement and good-girl public image. In one scene, Brown shows up to give Jackson a car for her birthday and is swiftly shooed away over the fear that they’ll be seen together.

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But there are several reports that one scene of Brown and Jackson never made it on air. People Magazine reports there’s a deleted scene where Brown becomes angry with Jackson when she refuses to leave Elizondo, Jr. and make their relationship public. He tells her to leave his hotel room and locks her out in the hallway naked.

“Who do you think you are,” Jackson reportedly says in the deleted scene. “I’m Bobby Brown, I thought you knew,” he snaps back. Brown confirmed on Twitter that producers decided at the last minute to cut the scene.

Janet Jackson has never spoken about Bobby Brown’s claim but there was a magzine cover of the two of them

In Part 1 of her Lifetime docuseries, Jackson speaks openly about her first two marriages. In 1984, she married James DeBarge. The marriage was annulled a year later due to DeBarge’s drug addiction. Within two years, Jackson would marry filmmaker, Elizondo, Jr. Their marriage was filled with collaboration, with him serving as a video director and co-writer of dozens of Jackson’s songs and music visuals. She spoke lovingly of both men but never mentions Brown.

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Brown gushed about Jackson in a 1989 interview with BET’s Video Soul, where he told Donnie Simpson, “As you know I’m madly in love with her [Jackson] and can’t be with her.” He later expanded in his book, writing: 

I really fell for Ms. Jackson. I never usually fall for women that fast, but she was an exception. Maybe it had something to do with my childhood crush; or maybe it was because she was one of the finest and most sought-after women in the world at the time. I don’t know what it was, but she had me open!

The two did appear on the cover of Fresh Magazine together, with the headline: “Janet and Bobby! Together on Top!” Other than that, Jackson has ignored the chatter regarding their alleged relationship.

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