If you haven’t been keeping up with the gossip hubs of the world, you may not know about the drama that occurred nearly two months ago between Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson. While people were living under a certain impression of what may have possibly gone down behind the scenes, fans of the actress have now witnessed an unexpected twist in the sensationalized tale.
The couple began dating in 2021. They also welcomed their child earlier this year. However, reports from just a week back detailed that the two broke up after the Nope alum attended Usher’s Las Vegas concert in July. What caused a significant stir online were the remarks made by alleged former boyfriend Darius Jackson, which led to a highly publicized feud.
People were resolutely convinced that any connection between the two had dissipated. However, a recent video has left fans utterly astonished as they observed an unusual development in the controversy.
Keke Palmer vs. Darius Jackson: Feud Explained
Let’s have a quick rundown of what happened before we can get into the twists and turns of this story. After Keke Palmer was seen attending Usher’s Las Vegas concert, donning an alluring black, see-through gown, Darius Jackson had a thing or two to say about the look. “It’s the outfit tho… You a mom.” tweeted the fitness instructor.
Accompanied with the post was a quote-retweeted video of the actress getting serenaded by singer-songwriter Usher. This is the point at which the controversy gathered momentum.
Subjected to intense backlash, Jackson doubled down:
“We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn’t want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is. This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case.”
In the aftermath, it was reported that the couple proceeded to unfollow each other on social media platforms, with Darius appearing to have deleted all his pictures with Palmer. The Hustlers actress’ response wasn’t entirely direct, but it was certainly amusing.
Keke Palmer proceeded to collaborate with Usher in a music video for his track titled “Boyfriend,” which premiered on August 16. If the lyrics weren’t already implying something, the statement from the actress towards the end undoubtedly pointed toward the ongoing controversy:
“What time is it? Dammit, I missed the show. I’m so tired. I’m a mother after all,”
This hilarious quote was accompanied by a knowing wink as the Hollywood talent looked directly into the camera. While the couple never explicitly confirmed the status of their relationship (with Jackson even deeming the various rumors and reports false), news outlets and fans had affirmed that their relationship had come to a definite end.
Until this happened.
Keke Palmer Found Dining With Darius Jackson For Her 30th Birthday
On August 26th, Keke Palmer celebrated her 30th birthday, and in an unexpected turn of events, Darius Jackson was the one to treat the actress to a lunch outing. Fans were caught off guard by Palmer choosing to spend her significant day with none other than her rumored ex-boyfriend. The couple took to Instagram Live and engaged in lighthearted banter, with Jackson even asserting that the Alice alum is his “partner-in-crime.”
The actress was also observed expressing gratitude to Jackson for making her birthday celebration “special.” To say fans are dumbfounded would be putting it lightly. Some users have taken to Twitter to crack jokes at the former couple’s unexpected rendezvous. Meanwhile, others are sharing their theories regarding the extensively covered drama.
Take a look:
They were never broken up, this was all a PR stunt for Usher & Keke😂😂 pic.twitter.com/PCpNUqPcWQ
— Number 1 OBSESSION (@ArieesJay) August 26, 2023
Partner in crime??? Oh Keke girl pls stand up 😭
— steven ❀ (@arianaunext) August 26, 2023
People need to remember they have a child together and it’s still in the best interest of the child for the parents to get along. pic.twitter.com/lJnkP6jWjd
— Chun-Li (@BadGirlChunLi) August 26, 2023
This why we need to stay outta folk business cause … pic.twitter.com/CrdIwu2mVF
— 🧞♀️ (@FxckOff) August 26, 2023
Fr! Like they have a child together!
— BILA (@thisisbila_) August 27, 2023
Sis you dint have to embarrass us like this 😂 pic.twitter.com/VJsNmVTZVU
— 💫André💫 (@ANDRE9481_) August 26, 2023
It seems as though the controversy that ensued the past couple of months was nothing but inherently inconsequential. Although the status of the much-discussed celebrity couple’s relationship remains uncertain, recent video clips suggest that they might have managed to resolve their differences to some extent and are now interacting with civility.
Only time can tell what other bizarre development follows this uber-sensationalized controversy.