Usher speaks out about viral moment he serenaded Keke Palmer before her baby daddy Darius Jackson outfit-shamed her for revealing look
Usher has spoken out about the viral moment he serenaded Keke Palmer during a show for his Las Vegas residency last month.
Speaking to People about the ordeal that caused 29-year-old Keke’s then-boyfriend Darius Jackson to outfit-shame her, he called it a ‘pop [culture] moment’ that is ‘worth talking about.’
For the concert, Keke wore a sheer, thong bodysuit dress that prompted Jackson — the father of Palmer’s six month-old son — to take to Twitter and write, ‘It’s the outfit tho… you a mom,’ expressing his disapproval.
‘I think everybody’s vision or a version of what they felt happened there just leads you back to just really having a good time in Las Vegas. And that’s what I hope came out of it,’ the You Got It Bad music artist explained to the outlet last week.
‘Rather, it was a conversation of what was going on with us having fun in front of the audience or conversation about that song,’ he added.
Thoughts: Usher has spoken out about the viral moment he serenaded Keke Palmer during a show for his Las Vegas residency last month, calling it ‘a pop moment’
Sizzling: Speaking to People about the ordeal that caused 29-year-old Keke’s then-boyfriend Darius Jackson to outfit-shame her, he called it a ‘pop [culture] moment’ that is ‘worth talking about’; seen August 2 in Inglewood, Calif.
Usher went on to say, ‘Every night I’m thinking about how the world now is going to react to this moment that I’ll have with whoever I’m choosing to sing to.’
The Confessions hitmaker has also sung to Kim Kardashian, Kimora Lee Simmons and Saweetie.
He went on to say about the instance with Palmer, ‘But it was a pop moment, and it was fun to have at least conversation going and we just keep it light. I don’t see anything negative happening in Las Vegas.’
On July 5, Jackson ignited a fury of backlash when he took to social media to call out Keke for her outfit choice.
When fans came to Palmer’s defense, Jackson doubled down as he fired off a second tweet defending himself.
‘We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn’t want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is,’ he said.
‘This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case,’ he added.
Meanwhile, the Nope actress did not address the situation explicitly, but appeared on Instagram to share content from the evening and tell fans she wished she had taken more photos.
Usher later commented on the post, writing, ‘The Big Boss!! Thank U for coming.’
In a subsequent episode of her podcast Baby, This Is Keke Palmer that was recorded before the drama, Darius admitted to having high standards for his romantic partners.
Her look: The Nope star, 29, wore a sizzling sheer black dress over a thong bodysuit as she danced and embraced with Usher, 44, during the performance
Revelation: Keke Palmer’s baby daddy Darius Jackson admitted to having high standards in a recent of her podcast Baby, This Is Keke Palmer; seen in 2021
In the clip, shared one week after the couple made headlines, Palmer asked Jackson how he felt when they decided to go public with their romance.
The fitness instructor revealed he felt ‘pressure’ to be perfect, and confessed to holding Keke to that same standard of perfection.
‘You almost feel that pressure of needing to be perfect,’ Jackson answered. ‘And so, it really confused me and infiltrated my mind because not only did I have to hold myself to that perfect standard, I was also holding you to a perfect standard as well.’
Although fans have speculated that Keke and Darius may have broken up either before or immediately after the wardrobe drama, neither has addressed their relationship status since then.
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