The music mogul finds an odd link to his girlfriend's family

By People Staff
October 19, 2007 03:35 PM

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It took Jermaine Dupri 35 years to find out he was named after his girlfriend’s brother.

Dupri says it was while researching his new tell-all book, Young, Rich, and Dangerous: The Making of A Music Mogul, he discovered his parents were fans of Jermaine Jackson, now 53.

“My family said, ‘You know – we named you after that boy,’ ” Dupri said on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.

Co-host Mike Jerrick then inquired: “Is it odd for [Janet Jackson] to be dating someone named after her brother?”

“We just found out about that!” Dupri said to more chuckles. “I just find out in my book! … When I wrote the book, I had a writer, Samantha, and she has to write and she has to find out all the information and she goes and interviews everybody I talk about in the book.”
– Kristin Boehm