Everything to know about Keke Palmer's romantic history over the years: The Emmy-winning actress recently welcomed a child with her boyfriend Darius Jackson!
Keke Palmer has had consistent success in her multi-faceted career in the industry. From starting as a child actor, starring in Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Knights of the South Bronx, and a few more, Palmer eventually venture out to carve a profile in the music and the silver screen. Always bold and upfront with her profession, the Emmy-winning actress, however, likes her personal life out of the spotlight.
The Akeelah and the Bee fame is notoriously known for keeping a certain distance from getting involved with her fellow celebs. "I've always had the same philosophy when it comes to dating," says Palmer; so we know the brunette doesn't take the matter of hearts easy. Despite keeping a hush-hush dating profile, Keke's love life seldom surfaces in the headlines. One of those rare moments has arrived as the 29-year-old actress recently delivered her first baby.
Inside Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson's Relationship!
Not only Palmer keeps her love life discreet, but the actress also keeps her options abundant, meaning that she swings both ways. But putting herself in a box and labeling her sexual preferences is not her thing. The former child star famously came out as sexually fluid in her 2015 music video, I Don't Belong to You. The actress-turned-singer is currently in love with a man named Darius Jackson, with whom she recently welcomed her firstborn.
Palmer welcomes a son with Darius. SOURCE: Instagram
Like all of her previous relationships, Palmer has also kept the deets of her ongoing love story as under the wrap as possible. But we've got some tea. Palmer and Darius's relationship only became widely known after the actress announced her pregnancy during her first SNL gig in December 2022. But little do Keke's fans know that the Akeelah and the Bee actress has been seeing Jackson since 2021. While Palmer and Jackson continue to keep their personal lives away from prying eyes, we've insiders and sources pouring some juicy bits about the couple.
The pair were reportedly introduced by Insecure star Issa Rae at her Memorial Day party in May 2021. Call it an impulsive move as the post has since been deleted, but Darius did go Instagram official with Palmer in August 2021 with a gushy caption. "You've been a blessing from the above," he wrote, adding, "never would have expected summer 2021 to turn out the way it did, but here we are." The rarely romantic actress also gushed about her man in a post after two months.
Keke Palmer has been dating Darius Jackson since 2019. SOURCE: Instagram
"Without being too mushy because I HATEEEE THAT, it feels really nice to not be afraid to show this kind of care for someone that I don't share the same blood with," Palmer wrote. Carefully choosing her words to not sound too mad in love, she wrote, "I thought it could never happen, I can be quite guarded, but I appreciate you for being a safe space. I will always cherish what you have given me."
Keke says she has been the "happiest" with Darius. SOURCE: Instagram
The Nope actress gave fans an insight into her relationship, revealing that it was the "happiest I've ever been in a relationship," in an interview last year. "So why would I go out of my way to hide this person? That's a lot more work than just living in my life and being in my life," says Keke, who's seemingly learning to be more articulate about her relationships. Keke's boyfriend, Darius, is the brother of Sarunas Jackson, who had a role in Insecure. Darius is in the fitness and entertainment industry.
Keke Palmer's Romantic history!
Before meeting Jackson, the Nope actress hardly let her personal life be a subject in the media. But the actress has time and again shared that she isn't into casual relationships. "Where love is, that's where I'm going," Palmer once said. That's rule number two in Keke's dating criteria, including her "no romance with fellow celeb" clause. "I don't know, it really scares me to date people in the industry. That's number one," the Emmy winner said.
Palmer doesn't like to date fellow celebs. SOURCE: Instagram
But that doesn't mean the actress has steered clear of going out with people from the industry. Palmer's earliest boyfriend is believed to be rapper Ben J, who once revealed that he and the actress dated when she was only 16. "I could have made it serious if I was serious about it, but she was too young," the rapper shares. Keke was linked with Rodney King from 2010 to 2013, but their relationship was never confirmed.
The actress had an on-and-off thing with Quincy Brown. SOURCE: Instagram
Palmer was linked with rapper Meek Mill thereafter and was rumored to have had an on-and-off thing with her Brotherly Love co-star, Quincy Brown. Again, nothing was ever confirmed or denied. The Alice actress reportedly dated music artist Styn after they were linked in December 2019. "You know, it's not a love life if I share with you because it's public. So at the end of the day, just know your girl Keke is not lonely — ever," she said while seemingly addressing the swirling rumors about her and Styn.
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