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Image: Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson
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Jermaine Dupri, right, produced several of Janet Jackson’s recent tracks on her last two albums.
Access Hollywood
updated 7/17/2009 1:35:26 PM ET 2009-07-17T17:35:26

After almost seven years of dating, Janet Jackson and music producer Jermaine Dupri have reportedly called it quits, according to Us Weekly.

“His friends are telling people it’s over,” according to an Us Weekly source.

Another source said the split had been looming on the horizon for the couple for some time.

“They have been moving in different directions for a while,” the source said.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings Dupri, who was noticeably absent from Michael Jackson’s memorial on July 7, produced several of Jackson’s recent tracks on her last two albums — which could have contributed to the split, according to the mag.

“You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure,” a friend of the former couple told the mag. “Janet felt their lives were too crossed and they should have kept things separate.”

In addition to her break-up, another source said Jackson is still in the midst of mourning for her brother.

“She’s devastated,” another insider said. “She’s busy caring for Michael’s kids. Janet’s the family’s backbone.”

Jackson was previously married to Rene Elizondo. They divorced in 2000.

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