Erykah Badu’s dating history includes Common, André 3000, The D.O.C. and Jay Electronica — all rappers who were enamored by the neo-soul singer’s mystique at one point. Badu has children with 3 Stacks, The D.O.C. and Jay Electronica (the eldest being 22-year-old Seven, her son with the Outkast legend).

So fans were somewhat surprised when Badu introduced the world to her purported fiancé who is 23 years her junior. On Saturday (December 4), Badu shared several photos of her apparent beau JaRon, who describes himself as a “Music Producer, Audio Engineer, Artist, Songwriter, Author” on his Instagram page.

Badu wrote in the caption, “Solar Eclipse Dump. Making room for many many many more memories. Right now , Moon covers the suns eyes forcing it to use other forms of vision. (Closes Eyes) I see you with my heart. I see you with my gut.

“Here’s to my GUY & Setting intentions, Breathing easy, moving in unison, finely blended family harmonics. Thank you . Thank you . Thank you. Happy to be here on this school called earth.. with you @jaronthesecret (family first).”

Before JaRon, Erykah Badu was in a relationship with Jay Electronica, but they split years ago after having a child together named Mars in 2009. Photos of JaRon and Badu stretch back to 2018 on his Instagram page, so they’ve evidently been romantically involved for some time now.

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Despite their age gap, it appears their relationship is steadily evolving into something permanent. But the internet being the internet, Badu was still forced to defend her choices after she faced criticism for dating someone who could be her son.

“Why every time there is an article about a woman over 30 the journalists mentions the age ?” she asked on Twitter. “Erykah badu’ , 50 does the splits … e. Badu 50, had feelings …’ It ain’t my birthday, or death day . So, What does this MEAN ? (my grill cold tho).”