Is Omer Bhatti Michael Jackson’s son? Joe Jackson insinuated to TV One Wednesday that Omer Bhatti was indeed Michael Jackson’s son. He did not openly state that Omer Bhatti was his grandson, but he did say that he knew that Michael Jackson had other children — another son. And the mysteries of Michael Jackson’s children — whose they are, who will get custody, if there are children no one previously knew about — continue to get curiouser and curiouser.
TV One aired a conversation with Joe Jackson where the estranged patriarch danced around the topic of the parentage of the person many believe might be Michael Jackson’s “secret son,” Omer Bhatti. He played coy, stating that Omer Bhatti looked like a Jackson and he acted like a Jackson. Bhatti was a dancer; he even taught dance.
When asked if Omer Bhatti was the future of the Jackson family, Joe Jackson smiled slyly and said that that remained to be seen.
Whether Omer Bhatti is Michael Jackson’s son or not, Joe Jackson seems to be positioning himself to take advantage of the situation. It is reported that Omer Bhatti has sought a DNA test to establish for certain if Michael Jackson is indeed his father.
For a couple decades, Omer Bhatti has been the subject of speculation that he is the King of Pop’s son, perhaps even the son of a tryst with the mysterious “Billie Jean,” Jackson’s classic hit that many maintain is autobiographical. Rumors have swirled around Jackson and Bhatti for years, and Bhatti and his parents lived at Neverland for a period of time in the 1990’s. Omer Bhatti even went on tour with Jackson at one point.
And when he sat with the Jackson family at the memorial service on July 7, speculation that had died down over the years was reignited.
The paternity test will tell.
The question is: Will Joe Jackson still treat the 25-year-old Norwegian rapper as family even if Omer Bhatti turns out not to be Michael Jackson’s “secret son”?
In other news about the Jackson family and how it might affect the children, Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, has filed a complaint that Michael Jackson’s will was “unnotarized,” therefore invalid. TMZ, reporting on the complaint, also reported that in the state of California, notarization is not required for a will to be valid.
Still, just what is Katherine Jackson attempting to do? As the matter now stands, according to the will, the Michael Jackson Family Trust is set up to administer funds from the estate to three sets of beneficiaries: Katherine Jackson (40%), Michael Jackson’s three children (40%), and various charities (20%). Is she wanting more control over the estate? Does she want equal footing with the executors that her son named to administer his estate and the Michael Jackson Family Trust? Quicker access to funds?
She has been very careful not to contest the will, though. There is a “no contest” clause in the will that would eliminate any beneficiary if they actually contested the will. At present, Katherine Jackson has only requested records and filed a complaint regarding the validity of the will.
But one might wonder about Katherine Jackson’s legal counsel. Shouldn’t her lawyer be aware that the filed complaint holds no legal weight and constitutes a waste of time?