#TroubleInParadise: Keke Palmer Responds to Issues With Boyfriend in Usher Video

Devan McGuinness - Author

Aug. 16 2023, Updated 4:37 p.m. ET

(l-r): Darius Daulton Jackson and Keke Palmer
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Renowned actor and host Keke Palmer welcomed her first child with her boyfriend, Darius Jackson, on Feb. 25, 2023. The two parents appear to be over the moon with the joys of with parenthood, and we couldn't be happier for them.

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As the two are embarking on their newest adventure together, people are looking for more info on Darius, as well as Keke's relationship with him. After all, Darius and Keke have been trending on Twitter in light of his sentiments about her outfit she wore to Usher's Las Vegas residency. Folks believe that their coupledom may be in trouble. Here's what we know!

Keke Palmer hosting 'SNL' with musical guest SZA and Natasha Lyonne.
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Is Keke Palmer single? Fans believe that the actress and her boyfriend have gone their separate ways.

Baby... folks are convinced that Keke Palmer and her main squeeze Darius Jackson have reached the end of the road with their relationship. Why, you may ask? It appears that their relationship has hit a snag after Keke attended Usher's Las Vegas residency wearing an outfit he didn't approve of.

On July 5, 2023, The Shade Room posted a clip of Keke attending Usher's residency with a group of friends. As usual, Usher decided to serenade Keke, as he does with other female celebrities that come out to the show.

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In the clip, he walks over to Keke and the pair share a quick hug. Usher then continues singing his hit song "There Goes My Baby," and Keke and him slowly dance together. Keke them chimes in hitting his famous note, and the pair embrace once again.

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Keke wore a black long tulle dress by Givenchy that showcased her assets. Unfortunately, Darius was not pleased with the outfit choice and took to Twitter to sound off about his issue.

"It's the outfit [though], you're a mom," Darius said in a now-deleted tweet, essentially outfit-shaming Keke.

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Of course, the issue has blown up on Twitter, with folks going back and forth about whether or not Keke is wrong for wearing the gorgeous ensemble. Darius also shared more sentiments as fans ripped into him online.

In the past, Darius has shared videos of Keke twerking online and pictures of her while pregnant in semi-revealing clothing. Not to mention, he has also posted photos of himself not being fully dressed online. So, folks believe he's being a hater and a hypocrite.

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"We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn't want the wife and mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others and he gets told how much of a hater he is. This is my family and my representation. I have standards and morals to what I believe. I rest my case," Darius stated in a now-deleted tweet.

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Interestingly, Keke has not directly called out Darius on social media. Instead she took to Instagram and posted a photo carousel of herself.

"I wish I had taken more pictures but we were running late! I am telling y'all right now, if you haven't seen @usher, YOU MUST GO! HE WAS SO FABULOUS! Giving theater, Atlanta down, tips and tricks and just absolutely iconic. I was truly inspired as a performer. I whooped some a-- in spades, too! Where is that pic of us all together with the King himself?" Keke captioned the post.

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Making matters even more dramatic, Darius deactivated his Instagram and Twitter pages on July 6, 2023. And it appears that he and Keke are no longer following each other on Instagram. As a result, folks are convinced that their relationship may not go the distance.

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Keke Palmer and Usher responded to the Darius Jackson drama in the pettiest way possible.

Since the scandal involving her and Darius, Keke hasn’t confirmed nor denied that they’re no longer together. However, she seemingly found a subtle way to remind her baby’s daddy who the “eff” she is.

In August 2023, Usher announced the music video for his single, “Boyfriend.” On Aug. 15, 2023, Usher posted a trailer for the video on YouTube and social media platforms like Instagram. The video — filmed in Las Vegas — featured Keke with black hair and a blue bang as she looked at the camera with pursed lips.

The trailer also included a line from Usher’s song where he says, “Somebody said that your boyfriend’s looking for me/Oh that’s cool.”

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Keke also shared the trailer on her socials before the video’s Aug. 16 premiere. The small clip was enough for social media users to crown Miss “Keep a Bag” herself as a marketing genius and petty princess.

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“Somebody asked Keke “do you want to be petty or profitable?” Keke said BOFFUM! 🤣🤣🤣🤣,” one fan wrote under Usher’s Instagram video. “Ol boy is definitely fighting the air and crying in the car…………”

Amid the praise for Keke, several other users, such as comedian KevOnStage’s wife, Melissa Fredericks (@mrskevonstage), wondered if Darius was also in on Keke’s Usher music video appearance, asking if the couple “duped” all of us. While the theory makes sense, according to People, it’s invalid.

A source told the outlet shortly after Keke’s video was announced that she and Darius are no longer together and that he “has moved on.” The insider claimed Darius is focused on prioritizing his acting career and co-parenting Leo with Keke.

“You don't have to be in the same household to be good parents,” the source added.

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Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson first got together in 2021.

Keke and Darius​​ met at a party at Diddy's house, per MadameNoire. Darius is an athlete, fitness instructor, and the brother of Insecure actor Sarunas Jackson.

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On Aug. 27, 2021, Darius gushed about Keke, who is a very proud Virgo, on her birthday. "Never would’ve expected summer 2021 to turn out the way it did, but here we are. You’ve been a blessing from above, and I thank you for showing me a lot of feelings I didn’t know I had in me and also seeing me as someone you can finally be yourself to," he wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post.

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"I'm glad [we've] been able to help each other throughout our lowest of times and show one another that what we are bringing to the table is everything that we got. Enjoy your day, make the most of it, and happy birthday. I love you."

The couple hit a rough patch in March 2022. At the time, Keke removed all of her obviously coupled-up photos from social media. The pair also unfollowed each other on Instagram. However, the couple got back together in time to welcome their son to the world.

Keke Palmer usually keeps her relationships off social media.

Darius and Keke’s openness about their relationship and growing family was a big deal for Keke, who usually keeps her love life very private.

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar in 2020, she admitted that she keeps her private life and work-life separate, and doesn't date anyone with the "same career."

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Source: Instagram/@keke

"I don’t really do relationship stuff online, mainly because I don’t know how I would do it without looking, like, cheesy or something, you know?” she explained. “Yes, I’m a hundred percent authentic, but there is stuff that I do save for family and friends.”

Keke continued, “I do have a Finsta. Sometimes I forget to post on there, ’cause I do post a lot of real moments and raw moments on my main Instagram page. But at the same time, when it comes to romance, [posting about it] doesn’t really come naturally to me, so I feel like, why force it?"

Keke has since been open about her life as a mom on social media. However, if she doesn’t share anything else, we will just have to accept it because it's none of our business!

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