Keke Palmer Shades Darius Jackson in Music Video for Usher's "Boyfriend"

Keke Palmer appeared to throw shade at Darius Jackson, with whom she shares her newborn son, in Usher's new music video after Darius criticized an outfit she wore to the singer's concert in July.

By Hayley Santaflorentina Aug 16, 2023 3:31 PMTags
Watch: Keke Palmer Shades Darius Jackson in New Usher Video

It looks like Keke Palmer is saying nope to haters.

While starring in Usher's new music video for his song "Boyfriend," Keke seemed to throw shade at Darius Jackson, with whom she shares 5-month-old baby boy Leodis Andrellton Jackson. At the end of the video, which sees the Nope actress on a night out with some girlfriends and dancing along with Usher, Keke wakes up in bed to a phone call. 

"Hello? What time is it?" she says. "Dammit, I missed the show! S--t, I'm so tired."

She then adds, with a pointed look at the camera, "I am a mother, after all."

The moment comes a little more than a month after Darius publicly criticized the outfit Keke wore to an Usher concert on July 4. "It's the outfit tho.." the fitness instructor wrote in since-deleted tweets. "You a mom."

After his comments were met with criticism, he added the next day, "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."

Keke Palmer's Pregnancy Looks

Currently, while there is online speculation that the two have split, neither party has shared where their relationship currently stands. 

And while her comments in Usher's video seem to be the closest Keke has gotten to publicly addressing Darius' criticism, she did speak on motherhood shortly after the public drama. 

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"Do you, new moms," the 29-year-old told The Cut in a July 10 interview. "Do you. Girl, if there's one person on this earth that loves you for sure, it's that baby. Be happy, because there's no love like it. Somebody loving you like that, hell, who cares?"

She also reflected on finding a newfound sense of strength and confidence since welcoming her son in February. 

"After having my baby, I've just gotten so much more powerful," she added. "I'm just so strengthened in a crazy way. Strutting my stuff, enjoying. I'll be honest, I think before I even had the baby, I was really actually quite self-conscious. In a way that you would expect, considering the kind of work that I do as a public figure." 

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