All about Darius Jackson, Keke Palmer’s boyfriend and the future father of her child

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

“There are some rumours, people have said in my comments, ‘Keke is having a baby, Keke is pregnant’ and I want to set the record straight – I do!” Palmer said during her opening monologue before opening her coat to reveal her pregnancy.

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She continued: “I have to say though, it’s bad when people on the internet spread rumors about you all, but it’s even worse when they’re right. I mean, I tried so hard to keep it low because I have a lot going on, you know? But honestly, this has been the biggest blessing and I’m so excited. Guys, I’m going to be a mom.”

She wore a cropped shirt and jacket in the finale to emphasize her expectant state once again as the episode ended.

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After her announcement, many wondered about her boyfriend. Palmer has kept her relationship with Jackson fairly private, though when she does talk about him, it’s to rave reviews. Here’s everything we know.

Who is Darius Jackson?

Darius is the brother of actor Sarunas Jackson, who appeared in Issa Rae’s Uncertain. He is also pursuing an acting career, and has worked in fitness as an instructor at Inspire Fitness.

How long have Jackson and Palmer been together?

Palmer was introduced to Darius by Sarunas after she made a cameo appearance Uncertain herself. The reportedly met at a Memorial Day Party in May 2021 and went public with their relationship in August 2021.

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

“You have been a blessing from above,” he wrote at the time. “We never expected the summer of 2021 to turn out the way it did, but here we are. I’m glad we were able to help each other through our lowest times and show each other that what we bring to the table , is all we got.”

What has Palmer published about Jackson?

In October 2021, Palmer shared a video of her boyfriend, which she has also since deleted, writing: “Without being too mushy because I HATE IT, it feels really nice not to be afraid to show this kind of care to someone I don’t share the same blood with. I thought it could never happen, I can be quite guarded, but I appreciate that you are in a safe place. I will always cherish what you have given me.”

The mass deletion of posts happened in March 2022. There were rumors that they had broken up, but in November of this year, Palmer appeared on Tamron Hall Show where she explained why she had taken the photos down, even though their relationship is not a secret.

“It became harder to hide,” she said. “We spend all that time together and he’s really my closest friend, so it’s just going to be a thing where I don’t want to hide something that makes me happy.”

She added: “It’s not going to be all you see, my job is my job, but at the end of the day it’s one that’s important to me, so why not.”

On her TikTok account, however, there is still a video of her leaning in for a kiss from Darius behind a fan, covered with the words: “Miss takes what she WANTS.”

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What has she said about her relationships in general?

In March 2020, before she met her current boyfriend, Palmer said Harper’s Bazaar“I don’t really do relationship stuff online, mostly because I don’t know how I’d do it without looking like cheesy or something, you know? Yeah, I’m a hundred percent authentic, but there are things I save for family and friends.”

Has Darius commented on expecting a child?

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Darius shared a photo of Palmer looking very clearly pregnant on his Instagram Stories with the numbers “2023” and a red heart emoji.

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