Keke Palmer and her boyfriend, Darius Jackson, faced a rough patch in their relationship in July 2023. This followed the birth of their first child, Leodis Andrellton Jackson, born in late February 2023. Keke made the announcement on Instagram, sharing a post where she and Jackson appeared both excited and tired from their new role as parents.
In July, issues arose when Keke attended Usher’s Las Vegas Residency and had a special moment with him, garnering viral attention. Jackson, however, expressed discomfort with her revealing outfit on X (formerly known as Twitter), stating, “It’s the outfit though.. you a mom.” This led to a social media debate about societal expectations surrounding motherhood.
The criticism from Jackson sparked a divisive reaction, with some defending Keke’s right to express herself and others siding with Jackson’s perspective. Eventually, it was reported that Keke and Jackson had ended their romantic relationship. An insider revealed that their split was influenced by the Twitter incident, and Keke was focusing on her career and raising their son.
However, in the following weeks, signs emerged that the couple might be reconciling. Keke’s participation in Usher’s music video for “Boyfriend” and her comments about embracing her post-baby figure suggested a continued connection. Furthermore, Keke revealed a tattoo of Jackson’s birth date on her own birthday, hinting at their ongoing bond. Jackson also extended birthday wishes to Keke in a now-deleted tweet, expressing hope for her happiness in her 30s.
Despite the publicized challenges, it appears that Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson are navigating their relationship dynamics and continuing to support one another. Their story reflects the complexities and evolutions that relationships can undergo, especially in the public eye.