photo | Janet Jackson

Credit: Ron Galella/WireImage

Published: Thursday December 01, 2011 15:35 PM EST



Janet Jackson was just 18 when she shocked the entire Jackson clan by eloping with fellow R&B singer and James DeBarge in 1984. Fearing the marriage would finish her fledgling music career, the singer's management persuaded her to annul the union eight months later. "I tried to convince her that she's a teen idol and people just wouldn't accept it," recalled record executive John McClain.

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