VIDEO: James Debarge Reveals Secret Daughter With Janet Jackson

Entertainment | 11/11/2016 | 09:32 AM EST

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The R&B singer admits to his daughter Kristinia that he indeed had a child with the pop star

For years the tale of Janet Jackson and James Debarge having a secret love child has been one of music's longest running rumors. But is really a rumor? According to Debarge it isn't.

The former member of DEBARGE got candid in a sit down with his daughter Kristinia, on an episode of her reality show Growing Up Hip Hop. In the very revealing conversation, the 53-year-old singer admitted that he and Jackson indeed had a daughter during their brief marriage. Yet, he wasn't fully aware. 

"I'm tired of the secrecy. I'm tired of the truth not coming forward. And people being a coward when it comes to it," said Debarge.

He continued, "To be honest I didn't know. I was under the impression that there was no baby...I wanted to believe its not true. But the reality is, it is."

"This is a shock to me. My dad telling me I have a half sister...It's very, very, very weird." 

James and Janet were married in 1984. The marriage was annulled in 1985. 

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