The King of Pop died in 2009 leaving behind his three beloved children. Ever since, an umpteen number of controversies surrounding the custody of the children have popped up time and again.
Michael Jackson holds his son Prince Michael Jackson II, who is covered with a towel, from a third floor balcony after their arrival at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin in this Nov. 19, 2002 file photo. Image Credit: Reuters
This time it is his former bodyguard Matt Fiddes, who has come forward with the claim that he is the biological father of MJ’s youngest child, his 10-year-old son “Blanket, whose real name is Prince Michael Jackson II.
Prince Michael Jackson II was born in 2002 to a surrogate mother. After his father’s death, he has been under the temporary guardianship of his grandmother Katherine.
Fiddes has demanded the right to meet his son and has launched a legal bid to prove his claim, Daily Mail reported.
“I want visitation rights, he said according to the report. “I am going to lodge my DNA and formally ask the Jacksons for access.
“Michael is their father and I do not want that to change, but I want the children back in my life. The only way that’s going to happen is through legal action. I think Blanket is mine but I want final proof,” he added.
Fiddes was Jackson’s personal bodyguard in the UK and claims that he donated his sperm to the pop star on his personal request. Fiddes asserted that he even put down MJ's offer of £500,000 for the sperm and donated for free.
He also added that Jackson had previously admitted to the truth when he discussed the matter with him during his visit to Berlin in November 2009. Fiddes put forward his entire conversation with the star regarding the matter to Daily Star.
Prince Michael Jackson II (Blanket) reacts on stage at the end of the Michael Forever tribute concert, which honours his father, late singer Michael Jackson, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales Oct. 8, 2011. Image Credit: Reuters
“I sat there and asked the question: ‘Is Blanket my child?’ He said: ‘He’s my child, Matt, but I used your sperm to produce him.’”
Meanwhile, Katherine the kids’ grandmother and their legal custodian has stopped Fiddes from visiting the children as she fears he is after their money.
However, the 32-year-old says that he does not want any money.
“Katherine’s worried we will come after the estate and will tell the kids the truth. He says, “To me the truth is the big issue, and that’s why I want to take it further.”
“I’m a self-made man, I don’t want or need their money,” he said. “All I want is access if he’s my child, to take him out, and spend some time together. My mum is dying of cancer. I want her to see Blanket more than anything.”