One of the relationships Janet Jackson broke down in “Janet” is the one she shared with her second husband René Elizondo Jr. The pair got married in 1991, according to People. Elizondo, then a songwriter and director, worked with Jackson on a multitude of songs over the years, according to Newsweek. Their relationship allegedly began in 1987, and they got married in secret to protect their privacy.
Their marriage did not become public knowledge until around the time Elizondo filed for divorce in 2000. The hitmaker told Rolling Stone at the time that they kept things private in an attempt to “have a normal family life.” In 2001, Elizondo sued Jackson for $10 million and claimed she backed out of an agreement about assets, according to MTV. AmoMama noted that he has since moved on and remarried. Meanwhile, Jackson later married Wissam Al Mana, but they split in 2017.
Reflecting on her time with Elizondo, Jackson explained what drew her to him in the documentary. “I needed a lift. René was funny, just always had fun together. He was very, very charming,” she said. The star added that it was “different” from her first marriage. “I wanted it to be it. But I thought that every time.”
She hasn’t found “the one” yet, but Jackson still has faith. “I haven’t given up on love,” she said, according to the New York Post. Hopefully love is around the corner for her!