Did Whitney Houston and Jermaine Jackson have an affair?

March 6, 2012 at 10:58 AM ET

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US singer Whitney Houston performs on stage during the 183rd edition of the TV show presented by "Wetten, dass..?" (Let's Make a Bet) on October 3, 2009 in Freiburg, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO DDP/ JOERG KOCH GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JOERG KOCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Whitney Houston's tragic and shocking death last month left many unanswered questions.

One of the more intriguing ones, though, continues to linger and thrive: Was the pop star once romantically involved with Jermaine Jackson?

Rumors have swirled that Houston had an affair with the then-married Jackson 5 star in the mid-1980s, and now sister La Toya Jackson is joining the fray.

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While Jermaine refused to comment on the purported hookup, during an appearance on "The Talk" today La Toya said, "He has admitted that they had an affair."

A report in The Sun, however, provides more salacious details.

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The paper claims that the two were together for a year, and that Houston's hit song "Saving All My Love for You" -- about a woman hooking up with a married man -- was a thinly-veiled ballad to her clandestine paramour.

Michael Jackson reportedly knew about the affair but didn't approve. At the time, Jermaine was married to Hazel Gordy, daughter of legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy.

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After Houston's death, a video surfaced of the couple singing a duet back in 1984, which -- if The Sun's report is to be believed -- would have happened around the time of the affair.

Jermaine caused a small stir two weeks ago when he retracted a press release announcing that he had dedicated his song "The First Time You Love" to the late pop star, and claimed it had been sent out without his knowledge.

Is it only a matter of time before fans start looking for hidden meanings in that song?

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