Thursday, October 11, 2007

BOOK EXCERPTS: JERMAINE DUPRI TALKS ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH JANET & HER FAMILY IN HIS NEW MEMOIR.

In Jermaine's Dupri new memoir, Young, Rich and Dangerous: The Making of a Music Mogul, the Atlanta native discusses his relationship with multi-platinum, superstar, Janet Jackson. Jermaine says despite what many people may think, he and 'Jan' (as he affectionately calls her), who have been dating for over five years, have a really normal relationship. Can you all imagine the thousands of men out there who are hating on Jermaine all day, every day because Janet chose him? A dude whom Janet (whose about 5'4")towers over anytime she wears heels! LOL! Who knew they'd last this long? One thing that you can't deny is the fact that Janet is absolutely, positively in love with this man. She literally glows when she's with him. And that's a good look.

Dupri's memoir hits bookstores on October 16, 2007.

Check out the excerpts from Dupri's book below. There's more after the jump.

CHAPTER 12: WE BELONG TOGETHER gives readers a glimpse into the author's personal life, and his relationship with longtime love Janet Jackson.

"Things have always been so easy between us. There was none of the usual pressure I felt with my girlfriends in the past. Like me, my girl was deep in the business from day one. Like me, her family was always involved. Like me, she was constantly traveling and working. She understands how your work can take you away. She does get jealous, but with her I'm not always on the defensive, trying to explain how it is. Getting together with Jan was the first time in my life I felt like I was with a woman who's also a friend and a partner. I feel like I can breathe around her. Now I have someone who is more than my equal and who I can bounce things off of. Jan will give me an intelligent answer. She's educated and she knows stuff.

It wasn't long after we got together on that dream vacation when I met her whole family. It was Thanksgiving weekend when they invited me down to L.A. for a gathering. They don't do Thanksgiving, but they get together for a big family dinner. I was real nervous. When it's a girl with six brothers of course you're gonna be intimidated. I was thinking the worst and worried they would ask me all the hard questions of life. I knew they'd be real protective of the baby in the family. But they didn't grill me at all. They were just real gracious and nice, joking around with each other and saying, "Pass the biscuits please." I couldn't get over how normal the whole family was. The Jacksons were just a regular black family with black people [stuff] going on! They play board games together. Jan's mom is even more competitive than I am. She can't stand to lose and she won't give it up to anyone.

The kids all argue and tease each other like siblings do and throw down when it's time to eat. They tease me too. La Toya's always making fun of me and mimicking me on the phone. Jan finds it hilarious.

The Jacksons let me in with open arms. When they were all going through it over Michael's trial, I spoke up for them. I wanted to defend the family's honor. They're just nice, loving people who deserved better than getting raked over the coals in the media. I also did it because it was important for Janet. The trial was rough on her. She and Michael were always so close.

Life with Jan is just real normal. When we hang out, we hang out at home. She's a homebody. We don't want to be out on the road all the time."

2 comments:

Gail said...

ahh..! this is so sweet. Love is Love...no one can take it from you.

Love on my friend...love on. :)

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