Jermaine Dupri recently confirmed that he is dating Janet Jackson. Reports circulated several months ago saying that the pair was dating, but then Jackson had also been linked to Justin Timberlake. In the latest issue of Honey magazine, Dupri shares that he and Jackson are a couple, and he explains exactly how special Jackson makes him feel, saying, “I love being around her! When I’m with her I don’t think about anything else. She’s a very beautiful person.”
Dupri, who was recently named president of black music at Arista Records, has also moved his So So Def Recordings over from Columbia Records to Arista. Following the changeover, So So Def artists Jagged Edge and Bow Wow will remain with Columbia, while Da Brat, Fundisha, and Dupri’s new acts will be distributed by Arista.
Calls to Arista for comment were not returned by press time.
— Yves Erwin Salomon, New York