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LOS ANGELES — Janet Jackson is the newest member of the 50 and pregnant club, but is this really her first child? Let her first husband James DeBarge tell it, the answer is “hell no!”

It’s become a bit of an urban legend that James and Janet had a secret love child during their teen marriage in the 80s.

Singer Janet Jackson and husband James DeBarge attend the 12th Annual American Music Awards on January 28, 1985 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Janet Jackson & James DeBarge in 1985 (Getty Images)

There are even reports that a woman being raised as Janet’s niece, Stevanna Jackson, is actually her daughter.

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Stevanna Jackson, Janet Jackson’s niece (Twitter)

She does look a lot like Janet.

But folks may be zeroing in on the wrong woman.

James DeBarge says he fully believes Janet hid her pregnancy from him, now that a mystery woman has come forward, claiming to be their child.

“She was very angry about people running with this story about this [other child] being my baby,” DeBarge told “She’s like, ‘Papa I want to help you out.’ She had so much of personality and she was so accurate with everything she was saying, it was only things that I and Janet know. No one else but God, me and Janet.”

The two have not met face-to-face.

And there has not been a paternity test.

So, there’s a strong chance he’s being catfished, right? DeBarge says… nope.

“One of her adoptive parents died. Her adoptive mother and on her death bed said she told her. She confirmed it on the deathbed,” DeBarge said.

Janet has not commented. And maybe for good reason. James DeBarge has battled drug addictions and criminal problems for years, which was highlighted on WeTV’s Growing Up Hollywood.

Bottomline, sounds like a case for Maury.

Will it be…

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We’ll keep ya posted.