La Toya Jackson and her family are celebrating this week after the 57 year old reality star married longtime friend and business partner, Jeffre Phillips. Their romance and the proposal was documented on the reality show Life With La Toya on Oprah’s OWN network.
This relationship is a renewal for Jackson. The fifth child of the famous Jackson family, LaToya was married previously to Jack Gordon, her manager throughout the 80’s and 90’s. But the relationship has long been known for being fraught with emotional and physical abuse. Under his management, LaToya was ostensibly seperated from her family as her public image became more sexy and provocative – she appeared on Playboy in 1989. She later admitted that she endured brutal beatings by Gordon and the pair divorced in 1998. Latoya said about the split, “”When I left him, I thought I don’t ever want to see another man for the rest of my life… In my mind it wasn’t my fault but if it happens again it’s my fault because I could’ve learned from my mistakes.”
Throughout the years LaToya was linked to legendary singer Prince and Diana Ross’ brother Chico but nothing seemed serious until this new relationship with Jeffre Phillips emerged. Back in 2011 she was quoted as saying, “I have a best friend by the name of Jeffre Phillips who I simply adore. He is a wonderful person. We click very well and we are best friends. We think alike which is great.” Family and friends support the pair too, one source was quoted as saying, “he’s been by her side forever and they already live in the same building in LA. He has invested her well in real estate and other business dealings so she is financially in great shape. And he’s always with her. They are the very best of friends and Jeffre is part of the family by now.”
It’s not easy to trust in a partner after enduring abuse like Latoya has. Here’s hoping that LaToya has the long, healthy and loving relationship she deserves with Jeffre. Here’s hoping that LaToya has the long, healthy and loving relationship she deserves with Jeffre.
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