Keke Palmer stars in Usher ‘Boyfriend’ video amid baby daddy drama

Weeks after attending an Usher concert in an outfit that upset her boyfriend, Keke Palmer has a starring role in a new music video for the singer’s new song “Boyfriend.”

On Tuesday, both Palmer and Usher tweeted links to a teaser for the video, the full version of which hits YouTube on Wednesday.


In the teaser, a blue-haired Palmer poses in front of a vanity and sips from a champagne flute, while a shirtless Usher examines himself in a mirror.

“Somebody said that your boyfriend’s looking for me,” Usher sings in the clip. “Oh, that’s cool.”


In July, Palmer attended Usher’s Las Vegas residency, wearing an outfit — a sheer dress over a fitted bodysuit — that Darius Jackson, her boyfriend and the father of her 5-month-old son Leodis, apparently didn’t like.

“It’s the outfit tho.. you a mom,” Jackson wrote in a now-offline post on Twitter, quote-tweeting a video of Palmer and Usher dancing together, per People.

In a subsequent tweet, the fitness trainer wrote, “We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn’t want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is. This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case.”

Usher later called Jackson’s comments about Palmer’s attire at his concert a “pop moment” worth talking about. In this photo, Usher attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

If her boyfriend’s criticism bothered Palmer, she didn’t say so. Instead, the 29-year-old posted more photos from the outing on Instagram, saying Usher “truly inspired [her] as a performer.”

Usher, 44, later called Jackson’s comments about Palmer’s attire at his concert a “pop moment” worth talking about.

“I think everybody’s vision or a version of what they felt happened there just leads you back to just really having a good time in Las Vegas,” the R&B star told People. “And that’s what I hope came out of it. … Every night I’m thinking about how the world now is going to react to this moment that I’ll have with whoever I’m choosing to sing to. But it was a pop moment, and it was fun to have at least conversation going, and we just keep it light.”

The music video was directed by Ricky Alvarez, choreographed by Rosero McCoy and Amy Allen, and filmed in Las Vegas, according to credits in the YouTube description.

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