Keke Palmer’s boyfriend, Darius Jackson, with whom she is expecting her first child, is a budding entertainer just like her. Although he didn’t start off in entertainment, his older sibling did and he has taken a cue from that.
Maybe Darius Jackson got an extra push from his relationship with the Akeelah and the Bee actress or maybe he always had a knack for acting.
Whatever the case may be, Darius Jackson has almost successfully shifted his profession from sports to acting. He has been featured in films such as Dawn of the Predator and Games People Play.
Here Are 10 Facts about Keke Palmer’s Boyfriend, Darius Jackson
1. He is of Mixed Ethnicity
Born Darius Jackson Daulton on January 21, 1994, he is the last of 3 boys. His mother is of Panamanian descent while his father is African American. He has older brothers are identified as Marcus Jackson and Sarunas J. Jackson.
Daulton once lived with his family in Southridge but is originally from California. He went on to attend Eleanor Roosevelt Highschool and graduated in 2012. Upon his graduation, Jackson earned a scholarship to Fresno State University.
2. Keke Palmer’s Boyfriend Used to be an Athlete at School
While in high school, Darius Jackson was very athletic and loved playing sports. He eventually focused primarily on football but competed in others and was very good at them.
It was because of his love for football and how good he was at it that he earned a scholarship to study at Fresno State University.
His older brother, Sarunas, was also athletic and played basketball before he changed careers.
3. Darius Jackson Studied to be a Broadcaster
With his background in sports, he got the inspiration to try out sports media. Darius went on to study broadcasting and even earned himself a certificate in broadcasting.
Despite not being active in sporting games, the 29-year-old remains in the sporting world as a sports broadcaster. He also still enjoys going to watch the games or watching from home.
4. Darius’ Older Brother is an Actor
Sarunas J. Jackson is an actor known for being in movies such as 2016’s Insecure, 2019’s Good Trouble, and 2021’s Made for Love.
Born on March 12, 1990, he was named after a Lithuanian professional basketball player who used to play for the Golden State Warriors in the 80s and 90s. He also almost had a career in sports as he played basketball before his acting career.
5. He now works as a Fitness Instructor
After leaving school, Darius Jackson Daulton sort to remain fit and so delved into fitness. Keke Palmer’s boyfriend started boxing and wrestling in order to stay in shape and that was how he became a fitness enthusiast.
From building his physique, he then went on to become a fitness trainer. He chose to be an instructor because he finds it fulfilling to motivate and help others achieve their fitness desires.
6. Keke Palmer’s Met her Boyfriend in 2021
Keke Palmer and her boyfriend, Jackson met in May 2021 at a Memorial Day party hosted by Issa Rae. They met through Sarunas who is also part of the Insecure cast just like Keke and Issa Rae.
7. Darius Jackson and Keke went Instagram Official After Months of Dating
A few months after the meeting in May 2021, Darius and Palmer went Instagram official in a post made by the 1994-born which was deleted after a while. In the post dated August of the same year, Jackson penned down some lovely messages about their meeting and their love story so far and Keke responded with words of affirmation.
Keke who is wont to keep her relationship private revealed that she was very happy and couldn’t hide such a lovely relationship. This, according to the Nope actress, inspired her decision to make this relationship with Darius public.
8. Keke Palmer’s Boyfriend is an Actor, YouTuber, and Writer
According to his Instagram handle, Keke Palmer’s boyfriend is a writer. He is also an actor who has been featured in movies such as Dawn of Predator as Agent Moyo, Ultraman: A New Chapter, as Staff Sergeant Westbrook, and Games People Play as a Basketball Player.
As of 2023, he gave insights into a new sitcom that he is part of titled Sportsfan. It is a Black Sitcom.
As a YouTuber, Darius was beginning to build a huge fanbase for himself with thousands of subscribers until his account was taken down.
9. Darius Jackson Found Out about Keke Palmer’s Pregnancy before Her
In a funny story given by the couple, Keke took the pregnancy test but wasn’t patient enough to see the result and she concluded that it was negative. She disposed of the test strip which her boyfriend found hours later.
At the time when Darius found the strip, Keke was out with her friend and the former athlete sent her the picture of the test strip asking when she took the test. It was then that she realized she was pregnant.
Their baby is expected to be born between the months of February and April and the couple has already started preparing for his arrival. In a recent Instagram video, Darius and his girlfriend were captured putting together their baby’s bed.
10. Darius Jackson Daulton, Keke Palmer’s Boyfriend Enjoys Watching Movies as Much as Acting in them
The actor revealed that when he has free time at hand and isn’t sleeping, he loves to make plans with family and friends. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, and family and going to the movies even if he’ll be alone.
It is obvious he enjoys this entertainment a lot more and not just because he is in the industry.