Janet Jackson's ex-sister-in-law apologizes over singer's 'secret daughter' controversy

Janet Jackson's ex-sister-in-law has revealed that she does not believe a woman claiming to be the singer's daughter is related to her, and has apologized for her family's handling of the situation.

Read: Janet Jackson's Ex- Mother-in-Law Claims She Has Found Singer's Secret Daughter Born 31 Years Ago

Bunny DeBarge's brother, James, and Janet eloped back in 1984. The marriage lasted just a year, but since it ended, speculation has been rampant that Jackson gave birth to a baby girl 31 years ago.

"That has haunted the family a long time," Bunny told Inside Edition of the speculation.

The 62-year-old soul singer says she had firsthand knowledge of Jackson's pregnancy.

She told Inside Edition that she recalls seeing Jackson pregnant, saying: "When the marriage was annulled... Janet was pregnant and James believed that as well."

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LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 28: Singer Janet Jackson and husband James DeBarge attend the 12th Annual American Music Awards on January 28, 1985 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - 1984: Pop singers Janet Jackson and her husband for 3 months singer James DeBarge pose for a portrait at an event in 1984 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 03: Janet Jackson and James DeBarge in July 1984 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Janet Jackson and James Debarge (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Janet Jackson and James DeBarge (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - 1984: Pop singers Janet Jackson and her husband for 3 months singer James DeBarge pose for a portrait at an event in 1984 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 28: Singer Janet Jackson and husband James DeBarge attend the 12th Annual American Music Awards on January 28, 1985 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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She added: "I think we all believe that James and Janet had a child."

In February, Inside Edition interviewed Bunny's mother, Etterlene DeBarge, who said she believes a 31-year-old woman from Philadelphia named Tiffany Whyte was Janet's secret daughter.

Etterlene said that she became convinced after she and Tiffany took a DNA test.

Bunny, however, questions the validity of that test, claiming there's no way Tiffany is the secret child.

"I'm like, 'Mom, maybe she's some kin to you but she's not James and Janet's daughter. Come on now," she recalled. She also noted that Whyte, does not look like James or Janet.

Bunny believes Whyte is just seeking fame and that she's one of many who've contacted her family claiming to be Janet's secret daughter.

Bunny added that she guesses 10 women have come forward to claim they are the secret child.

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The youngest of the Jackson clan, Janet sits squeezed in between brothers Randy and Michael. 
Young Janet loved plaid! Here she stands with brother Michael at the American Music Awards.
Some of the Jackson Family poses together at the Annual Television Parade of Stars in 1977, with a wee Janet in the front.
Janet poses for a photo shoot featuring "The Jacksons," wearing a cute striped "Good Buddy" sweater.
Jump ahead just five years and Janet looks like a grown up at the 10th Annual American Music Awards in this red tiered strapless ball gown.
Janet and her sister LaToya look like they're attending an '80s prom, but nope -- it's the '85 American Music Awards instead.
We can certainly see a bit of her brother's influence here, with Janet's all-black ensemble and leather gloves.
Janet sure loves that key earring -- here she is dressed in all navy for the presentation of platinum records for her album "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" and two singles.
Janet shows off her bra and abs at the First Annual Billboard Music Awards.
Janet poses with her brother Michael at the Grammy Awards, dressed in a white suit.
The MTV Video Music Awards typically attracted casual attire, but this is taking it to the next level... into ho-down territory.
Janet dressed up a bit more for the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, wearing a long maxi dress and tight red jacket to match her red curls.
Janet wore a metallic corset to the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards.
We're not sure why this choice was made, but this dress is just plain scary.  There is such thing as "too much leather," and this dress is beyond too much leather!
Janet attended the 28th Annual American Music Awards in this cream silk wide-legged suit.
We think Janet is channeling Britney Spears with this tight sheer dress and pink hat. 
We can see the fashion editors cringing at the 2002 Vanity Fair Oscar Party as Janet rolled in wearing this midriff-baring top and oversized coat.
Janet looked stunning for the 2002 Essence Awards in this silk halter gown.
Comfortable in silk, Janet attended a celebration of her new album "Damita Jo."
Menswear-inspired, bra showing... are we seeing a trend?
Yes, looks like we are.  Janet wore this button down over a black skirt to the 32nd Annual AMAs.
Now that's better! Janet dressed up for the 2005 Vanity Fair Oscars party, and we are sure the fashion editors rejoiced that year.
We'll never understand the skirt-over-pants look (or dark-brown-with-black), but Jermaine Dupri didn't look much better than Janet at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
Janet Jackson wore a red Bill Blass gown to the 2006 CFDA Awards.
Janet looked lovely in this simple black dress for the Songs of Hope event.
Menswear-inspired for sure, Janet went for a mid-length dress to match her new haircut at the Billboard Music Awards.
Janet attended the "Why Did I Get Married?" screening in all black with white cuffs.
Janet emphasizes her tiny waist at the 39th NAACP Image Awards.
Janet attends the opening of the Los Angeles Alexander McQueen store, wearing a bright dress made by the designer himself.
Janet stands with Prince Azim in London, wearing boyfriend jeans and a white jacket.
Another menswear-inspired outfit, Jackson attended the Giorgio Armani Fashion Show during Milan Fashion Week.
Janet looked stunning in Alexander McQueen during the premiere of "Why Did I Get Married Too?"
Janet attended the premiere screening of "Why Did I Get Married, Too?" in London, wearing a sheer top.
Janet wore head-to-toe Haider Ackerman to the premiere of "For Colored Girls."
Janet looked stunning as she attended amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2011.
Janet visits Jay Leno, wearing a lovely LBD and Christian Louboutins.
Jackson wore this Alexander McQueen jacket to the Marco Glaviano "Supermodels" exhibition opening at the Keszler Gallery in New York City. 
Janet stands with Wissam al Mana in her go-to menswear inspired look with braids in her hair, attending the Giorgio Armani fashion show during Milan Fashion Week.
Janet is seen in an all-white ensemble with lace up heels.
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"I'm the daughter of Janet Jackson and James DeBarge," Whyte said in a recent interview. "It is for sure that they are my parents."

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Bunny is also apologizing to the "Got Till It's Gone" singer for how her mother went public with the DNA results.

"I would apologize to Janet and tell her as a family we would not have done it like that," she said.

But Etterlene is standing by the DNA results and continues to believe that Tiffany is Janet and James' daughter.

Jackson recently gave birth to a baby boy at 50. Calls for comment by Inside Edition to the pop superstar were not returned.

Watch: Relatives Congratulate Janet Jackson, 50, After the Birth of Her Son

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