Keke Palmer is revealing how she feels about toxic relationships in light of her tumultuous breakup with her ex, Darius Jackson.
Tuesday evening, Palmer shared an episode of her Baby This is Keke Palmer podcast, titled “How To Deal With Abusive Relationships, Boundaries and Narcissism.” In it, she is joined by Dr. Drew Pinsky and asks him for his expertise regarding how to know when and if you are the bad guy in a relationship.
“We’re all in different dynamics with friends, family, lovers, and you find yourself saying, ‘Well, damn it. Am I playing a game on myself, and I’m actually the person doing wrong? How does someone know if they’re—and look, it takes two to tango, right? — but how does someone know when they did the wrong thing, and they’re really the issue? How do you know when you’re the issue?” Palmer asked the addiction specialist and media personality.
Her remarks arise just weeks after she went through a public falling out with Jackson. It was first revealed that Palmer sought sole and legal custody of their son, Leodis. Shortly after, additional documents were unearthed, showing that Palmer was also requesting an order of protection against Jackson for physically abusing her. In her court filing, Palmer attached still images from a surveillance system, which appears to show Jackson assaulting her. The TV host also accused him of being rough with their son. Though she has remained mostly silent on the matter, her chat with Dr. Drew seems to hint at her current situation.
“The person who has re-evaluated themselves, trying to do what’s right, contemplating they could be doing what’s wrong, that is rarely the person that’s doing wrong,” Dr. Drew assured Palmer.
She also opened up about the “rude awakening” she received when experiencing and witnessing misogyny in her childhood home.
“So misogyny came at me hard and quick, with the quickness. I grew up in a house where my mom would say, ‘This is what it needs to be.’ And Larry would be like, ‘Okay, Sharon. Go on ahead, Sharon,'” Palmer shared with her mother as a guest on her podcast. “So, for me, when I entered outside of my household, and I saw that everybody doesn’t really respect their wives or even women in the way that my dad respects my mom, it was a pretty rude awakening.”
But now, amid the recovery from her tumultuous situation, the Actress says she’s choosing happiness and joy, regardless of her circumstances.
“At that point, it was just like, I choose happiness, and I choose joy, and I don’t choose to go back there,” she said. “And like you said, as time goes on, I’m like, I’m good. Whatever that was, I’m good.”
In the meantime, Jackson and his family have slammed Palmer for being the actual aggressor. They even dragged her mother into the mix when Jackson released a recorded phone call of her cursing him out following an alleged attack on her daughter. The legal battle between the two is ongoing.