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Keke Palmer Sticks It To Her Ex, Stars In Usher's New Music Video

By Emily Richardson | Celebrity | August 16, 2023 |

By Emily Richardson | Celebrity | August 16, 2023 |


Last month, new mom Keke Palmer went to Vegas to see Usher perform at his residency. To her delight, Usher (Usher Usher Usher) came down into the audience mid-show to serenade her with the ballad, “There Goes My Baby”. Video of this very cute moment went viral, and everyone was happy. The end!

Except, it wasn’t the end. It was just the beginning. Because Keke’s then-boyfriend, Darius Jackson, felt compelled to add his two cents on Twitter:

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You a mom. Big mistake. HUGE. Twitter immediately came for Darius and accused him of shaming Keke. He responded with this:

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.

This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case.

As her boyfriend continued to get eviscerated online, Keke responded to the drama with this glorious Instagram post:

To quote that one Lucille Bluth gif: “Good for her.” Since the incident, Keke and Darius, who welcomed baby boy Leodis in February, have not been seen together in public. They also unfollowed each other on Instagram. Everyone assumed the pair had broken up, but neither party officially confirmed this. Until now. Because, yesterday, Keke and Usher announced they’d collaborated on the music video for his new song, “Boyfriend”:

Keke posted the same teaser to her social media. On Instagram, her Hustlers co-star, Jennifer Lopez, commented, “Savage” and the crying laughing emoji. Today, the full video for “Boyfriend” dropped. In it, Keke and her girlfriends get ready for the Usher concert in Vegas. When they get down to the casino, Keke dresses up in Usher-drag and dances and lip-syncs to lyrics like:

Somebody said that your boyfriend’s lookin’ for me
Oh’s that cool, that’s cool
Well he should know I’m pretty easy to find
Just look for me wherever he sees you

I go wherever you go
Ohhh whoa ohhh whoa ohhh
(I go wherever you go)

Eventually, Keke and Usher meet, and then BAM. Keke wakes up in her hotel bed. Yep. It was all a dream, just like in Newhart. Now, this is where the true marketing genius comes in. Because Keke answers her phone, and says this:

Hello? … What time is it? … Dammit, I missed the show! Shit, I’m so tired. I am a mother… [looks right into camera] after all. [winks]

Here’s the video:

And here’s Keke’s post about the video:

This morning, Darius a mysterious source told People that Darius has “moved on”. He wants to put this mess behind him and focus on his acting career. The insider says that Keke and Darius are making co-parenting work for them, adding, “You don’t have to be in the same household to be good parents.”

So Keke and Darius are officially through, and it’s Keke who’s emerged from the break-up victorious. But the real winner here? Usher. Cuz “Boyfriend” is firmly stuck in my head, and it’s been years since I’ve said that about one of his songs. Well played, Usher (Usher Usher Usher).