Keke Palmer, an American actress, has revealed that she is expecting her first child with partner Darius Jackson. Palmer, 29, confirmed her pregnancy on a December 3 episode of Saturday Night Live by stating that she is definitely pregnant.
“There’s been some speculation going around, people have said in my comments, ‘Keke is having a child, Keke is pregnant’, and I want to clear the air – I am!”
On stage, she pulled up her long gray coat to show off her baby bump. Although they started dating in the summer of 2021, Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson have been incredibly quiet about their relationship and reveal very little about each other on social media.
Oh my God! Keke Palmer just revealed she’s pregnant during her SNL monologue and showed off her baby bump! pic.twitter.com/2qsntIVmNF
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) December 4, 2022
Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson met at a party in 2021.
According to Us Weekly, Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson first met in May 2021 at Sean “Diddy” Combs and Issa Rae’s Memorial Day Party. They kept their relationship a secret until August of that year when Jackson made it public on Instagram by uploading a photo with Palmer. He wrote in a now-deleted post:
“You’ve been a godsend. I never imagined the summer of 2021 would turn out like this, but here we are. I am glad we were able to support each other through our darkest times and show each other that what we offer at the table is all we have.”
Darius has over six years of experience in the entertainment and fitness industry. According to his LinkedIn page, he works as a teacher at Inspire Fitness. Sarunas Jackson, who appeared in Issa Rae’s sitcom Insecure, is also Jackson’s brother. Keke Palmer also appeared on the show. Keke Palmer told Harper’s Bazaar in March 2020 that she tries to keep her personal and professional life separate and she doesn’t date anyone from her own field.
“When it comes to dating, I’ve always had the same mindset. Not that I wouldn’t try. I often wonder, “Does this person really like me for me?” It’s not just romantic connections either. They are also buddies. The most disturbing aspect of stardom is the fluctuating.”
Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson don’t talk about each other on social media, but when asked about her new boyfriend on The Tamron Hall Show, she said it was “harder to hide.” The Nope star went on to say that she wouldn’t hide anything that makes her happy. Keke claimed on her recent SNL debut that she hated that the internet rumors about her pregnancy were true as she had a lot going on and was trying to keep it “hidden.”
“…However, this has been the greatest gift and I am overjoyed. I’m going to be a mother, boys.”
Palmer was previously romantically linked to rapper Styn of the Mae Seven group before dating Darius. She has also been in relationships with rapper Meek Mill and actor Quincy Brown.