Keke Palmer Refuses to Say Whether She’s Still With That Guy Who Shamed Her Outfit

“You know, I’m going to take a page out of Beyonce’s book,” Palmer said when the Today show hosts asked about her relationship status. “Mind y’all’s business."

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Keke Palmer Refuses to Say Whether She’s Still With That Guy Who Shamed Her Outfit
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Let’s give Jenna Bush Hager some points for audacity: On Monday’s episode of the Today show, she asked Keke Palmer, point plank, whether she’s still with Darius Jackson, the father of her child. It’s an especially relevant question given Jackson’s public shaming of Palmer: In July, he tweeted a video of Palmer having fun at Usher’s Las Vegas residency with the caption “It’s the outfit tho.. you a mom.” Hours later, after apparent social media blowback, he doubled down, writing in part: “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.”

Rumor had it that Palmer and Jackson split after the comments, though he denied an August report suggesting he had moved on. Palmer made a winking reference to the controversy by starring in the video for Usher’s “Boyfriend,” which dropped in August. More recently, Palmer and Jackson appeared on Instagram Live celebrating her birthday.

During Monday’s Today interview with Palmer, Hager referenced said date, which also included a Beyoncé concert, during which Palmer said she and Jackson attempted the duck walk and some vogueing. “Are you all about him?” Hager asked. Palmer deflected by laughing and said, “Not y’all trying to get into it.” Yes, y’all. Hager followed up: “We want to know if you’re happy.” Palmer answered vaguely—life is good and she has nothing but gratitude. And then Hager just laid it out: “Well, are y’all together?”

And that’s when Palmer explicitly refused to answer: “You know, I’m going to take a page out of Beyonce’s book: Mind y’all’s business.” Together, Hager and co-host Hoda Kotb said, “OH!!!” Hager followed up with, “We will do that,” and Kotb agreed: “We will, we will.” I won’t!

You can watch the exchange in the video below (it starts around 2:40):

If Palmer and Jackson weren’t together, there’d be no business to mind. She might still want to dodge questions about her personal life, but this level of resistance (not to mention their hangs) suggests they are still very much a thing. Sigh.

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