Keke Palmer Opens Up About ‘Unhealthy Relationships’ After Darius Jackson Breakup

BY Edwin Lamptey December 1, 2023 1:52 PM EDT
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Actress, Keke Palmer, in a new episode of her podcast, Baby, This Is Keke Palmer, has opened up on what she has learned about unhealthy relationships, following her breakup with her ex-boyfriend Darius Jackson. 

Speaking with a guest, Dr. Drew Pinsky, on a wide range of issues, the 30-year-old admitted that she experienced a rude awakening after being a witness to the effects of toxic relationships.

Palmer showered praises on her parents, Larry and Sharon Palmer, for maintaining a healthy relationship as she grew up. 

However, once she stepped out on her own, the actress soon learned that not all partnerships and relationships are the same.

“I’ve been really naive because my dad is great and my uncles are great, so misogyny came at me hard and quick,” Palmer explained.

“I grew up in a house where my mom would say: ‘This is what it needs to be.’ And Larry would be like: ‘Okay, Sharon. Go on ahead, Sharon.’” She continued, “When I entered outside of my household and I saw that everybody doesn’t really respect their wives or even women in the way that my dad respects my mom, it was a pretty rude awakening.”

Per a previous report, Palmer was granted temporary sole custody of her eight-month-old son – Leodis “Leo” Andrellton, following domestic abuse. The Hustlers star alleged in a court filing on November 9 that Jackson exhibited violent behavior not only towards her but at times in front of their child. She also detailed several instances of alleged abuse.

Opening up further on unhealthy relationships, Palmer shed light on a similar sentiment that many people ask themselves after breaking off an unhealthy relationship.

“I think a lot of people have this question and the question is: ‘Am I the bad one?’” she asked.

“We’re all in different dynamics with friends, family, lovers, and you find yourself saying: ‘Well, damn it. Am I playing a game on myself, and I’m actually the person that’s doing wrong?’” She questioned. “How does someone know if they’re – and look, it takes two to tango, right? – but how does someone know when they did the wrong thing and they’re really the issue? How do you know when you’re the issue?”

A Los Angeles County judge has since declared that Jackson must stay 100 yards away from his ex and son. He is set for court on December 5 to determine further action about their temporary restraining order.