All About Darius Jackson, Keke Palmer’s Boyfriend and Father-to-Be of Her Child

On Saturday, December 3, actress Keke Palmer announced she was expecting a toddler with boyfriend Darius Jackson while hosting Saturday Night Live the primary time.

“There’s some rumors going around, people have been in my comments saying, ‘Keke’s having a baby, Keke’s pregnant,’ and I wanna set the record straight — I’m!” Palmer said during her opening monologue before opening her coat to disclose her pregnancy.

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She continued, “I gotta say, though, it’s bad when people on the web spread rumors about you y’all, but it surely’s even worse once they’re correct. I mean, like, I used to be trying so hard to maintain it on the down low, cause I got loads of stuff happening, you understand? But truthfully this has been the most important blessing, and I’m so excited. Guys, I will be a mom.”

She wore a cropped shirt and jacket within the closing credits to emphasise her expecting state yet one more time because the episode ended.

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After her announcement, many individuals were wondering about her boyfriend. Palmer has kept her relationship with Jackson fairly private, though when she does speak of him, it’s with glowing reviews. Here’s all the pieces we all know.

Who’s Darius Jackson?

Darius is the brother of actor Sarunas Jackson, who appeared in Issa Rae’s Insecure. He is also working on an acting profession, and has had worked in fitness as an instructor at Encourage Fitness.

How long have Jackson and Palmer been together?

Palmer was introduced to Darius by Sarunas, after she had a cameo on Insecure herself. They reportedly met at a Memorial Day Party in May of 2021, and went public with their relationship in August 2021.

On the time, Darius celebrated Palmer on her birthday, in a post that has since been deleted.

“You’ve been a blessing from above,” he wrote on the time. “Never would have expected summer 2021 to end up the best way it did, but here we’re. I’m glad we were in a position to help one another throughout our lowest of times & show each other that what we’re bringing to the table is all the pieces that we got.”

What has Palmer posted about Jackson in public?

In October of 2021, Palmer shared a video of her boyfriend which she has also since deleted, writing, “Without being too mushy because I HATEEEE THAT, it feels very nice to not be afraid to indicate this type of look after someone that I don’t share the identical blood with. I believed it could never occur, I may be quite guarded, but I appreciate you for being a protected space. I’ll at all times cherish what you may have given me.”

The mass deletion of posts happened in March of 2022. There have been rumors that they’d split up, but in November this 12 months, Palmer made an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show where she explained why she had taken down the photos although their relationship is not a secret.

“It became harder to cover,” she said. “We spend all this time together, and he really is my closest friend, so it just becomes a thing where I’m not gonna hide something that makes me completely happy.”

She added, “It is not gonna be all the pieces you see, my job is my job, but at the tip of the day that is anyone that is essential to me so why not.”

Still up on her TikTok account, nevertheless, is a video of her leaning in for a kiss from Darius behind a fan, covered with the words, “Lady miss takes what she WANTS.”

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What has she said about her relationships basically?

In March of 2020, before meeting her current boyfriend, Palmer told Harper’s Bazaar, “I do not really do relationship stuff online, mainly because I do not know the way I’d do it without looking, like, cheesy or something, you understand? Yes, I’m one hundred percent authentic, but there may be stuff that I do save for family and friends.”

Has Darius commented on expecting a toddler?

On Sunday, December 4, Darius shared a photograph of Palmer looking very obviously pregnant in his Instagram Stories with the numbers, “2023,” and a red heart emoji.

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Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, shall be released by Dial Press in February 2022.

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