Keke Palmer has poked fun at the drama between her and her ex-boyfriend Darius Jackson in the video for Usher’s new single, “Boyfriend.”
On Wednesday (August 16), the legendary R&B singer dropped the highly-anticipated visual, which contains numerous references to the Nope actress’ recent relationship troubles, as well as plenty of early ’00s Usher nostalgia.
The clip starts off much like the video for Usher’s 2001 hit “U Don’t Have To Call” as Palmer can be seen sliding around in a white rob as she gets ready for a night out at the Confessions crooner’s concert.
As Keke meets up with her homegirls, Usher’s lyrics send a self-serving message that suggest he could care less if he’s wrecking someone’s home.
“Somebody said that your boyfriend’s looking for me/ Oh that’s cool, that’s cool/ Well he should know I’m pretty easy to find/ Just look for me wherever he sees you,” he belts out over the bouncy, club-friendly production.
Halfway through the video, Keke Palmer sings along to Usher’s 8701 album jam, “U Remind Me,” in an elevator. Once she exits, more elements are brought in from the “U Don’t Have to Call” video as she transforms into Usher — outfit and dance moves, and all.
Usher himself then joins in, wearing the same outfit against a backdrop that resembles Sin City. At the end of the hilarious video, Keke wakes up in bed to a phone call and realized she was dreaming the whole thing and has slept through Usher’s show.
She then says: “Shit, I’m so tired! I’m a mother… after all” with a wink — which is a nod to her boyfriend’s criticism.
It appears as if Usher’s “Boyfriend” video, and the singer serenading Keke Palmer during his Las Vegas residency in July, was one step too far for Darius Jackson.
According to PEOPLE, Jackson has “moved on” from the actress, with whom he shares a five-month-old child with.
Jackson previously took issue with Keke’s outfit at Usher’s aforementioned Vegas show, claiming that her see-through dress and undergarment were not appropriate for a mother.
“It’s the outfit tho.. you a mom,” he wrote on Twitter while publicly criticizing his partner.
After facing blowback, Jackson double-downed on his stance, adding: “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.”