Entertainment behind the scenes
Last week, when the British tabloids ran a story saying Michael Jackson had a fourth child — a rumor that had been passed around years ago — it was hard to believe and even harder to verify. But Thursday it seemed too hard to pass up when the King of Pop’s own dad, Joe Jackson, said in an interview he knew Michael had a fourth child.
There are only three children named in Jackson’s will, Prince Michael Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Joseph Jackson II. But in the days after Michael’s death on June 25, the speculation about a fourth again resurfaced.
London’s The Sun named the child as Omer Bhatti, who was raised by parents now living in Norway, but who spent time during his youth with Jackson at Neverland Ranch. The Sun showed photographs of Bhatti sitting with the Jackson family at the singer’s public memorial earlier this month. On Thursday, website NewsOne published an interview with Joe Jackson and in it, the interviewer asks Joe Jackson if Michael had another child, “Omer is his name … Did u know about Michael’s other son?” the reporter asks.
“I knew he had another son. Yes I did,” Joe Jackson said.
When the interviewer followed with “he looks like a Jackson,” Joe answered: “He looks like a Jackson, he acts like a Jackson, he can dance like a Jackson…” You can watch the video on YouTube here or go to the NewsOne site and watch it by clicking here.
So far, the answers have proven surprisingly elusive.
Though Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, has had time to turn up at the BET awards and plug his new record label, the family hasn’t uttered a word about the possibility of a funeral or memorial service.
So some were a little rankled when Michael’s father, Joe, turned up at the BET awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night and worked the red carpet, speaking of his late son AND plugging his latest business venture: a record label.
The family of Michael Jackson began to appear in public Sunday night at the BET Awards. Father Joe Jackson and sister Janet Jackson turned up at the Los Angeles awards show, sponsored by the BET television network, that annually gives out honors to African American singers, actors, actresses and athletes.
Janet Jackson did not answer any media questions or even approach the media. She appeared on stage, thanking the audience for turning out and showing their love for her brother. You can read about that here.