Jeffre Phillips and La Toya Jackson (Roscoe/Splash News)
That's the question folks were wondering about Monday morning with conflicting reports arising that La Toya Jackson, 57, married her close friend, manager, and business partner, Jeffré Phillips, over the weekend.
Outlets including Radar Online and Us Weekly reported that the couple definitely did tie the knot last Friday. According to Radar, family matriarch Katherine Jackson and La Toya's nephew Prince (Michael's 16-year-old son) were in attendance.
"He's been by her side forever and they already live in the same building in L.A.," a source tells Us Weekly. "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 Jeffré is part of the family by now."
But not so fast, claims "Entertainment Tonight." The entertainment news magazine show reported on Monday that a rep for La Toya denied the news to them. "The rumors that La Toya Jackson married her longtime business partner Jeffré Phillips are completely false," the rep told ET. "The reporting outlet should be embarrassed for their mistake and at least make an effort to find facts to back up their story before reporting."
Though omg! reached out to Jackson's personal publicist on Monday, we have yet to receive a response. La Toya did, however, deny the wedding news on Twitter:
Hmmm... then why would a source close to La Toya tell omg! that the marriage rumors are true?
The couple's relationship was featured prominently in the first season of La Toya's reality show, "Life With La Toya," which aired on OWN from April until June.
If they indeed did get hitched, it wouldn't be all that far-fetched. OWN posted a clip to the show's website in late November teasing the upcoming second season (premiering in spring/summer 2014) in which Jeffré proposes to La Toya. The video's left as an intended promotional cliffhanger.
So we wouldn't be surprised if the denial statement is an effort to protect the marketing strategy for the show's second season.
La Toya was previously married to former manager Jack Gordon from 1989 through 1996.
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