Omer Bhatti, 25, the rumored love child of Michael Jackson and a Norwegian fan, insists that he is not the son of the late King of Pop. In response to the rumors, Bhatti says, “Michael Jackson is not my father. He and I were just very, very close. He was my best friend.” Questions began to surface on a possible biological link between the two at Jackson’s memorial service held over two weeks ago. At the service, Bhatti was seated with the Jackson family. His outfit matched that of Jackson’s brothers and two sons.
Bhatti has stated that he was asked to sit with the Jackson family because of the bond he and Jackson shared over the years, “Michael always used to say I was like a son to him,” he said. “But my true parents are in Norway. The reason I was asked to sit with his family at the memorial service is because I was Michael’s closest friend – not because I am his son.” This father-son bond began in 1996 when the two first met at a hotel in Tunisia. Bhatti’s impersonation of the King of Pop impressed Jackson so much that he had the young Bhatti and his family relocate from Norway to his Neverland Ranch. Bhatti and his family lived at the ranch for several years and was present when cops raided the ranch to investigate child abuse claims. Bhatti grew close with the Jackson family, especially Jackson’s three children; a video shows him and the children opening presents together on Christmas day.
Despite Bhatti’s denial, rumors continue to swirl that his he is the fourth child of Jackson. Several news sources, including the Huffington Post have reported that in 2004 Michael Jackson told close friends and family that Omer Bhatti was the product of a one night stand with a Norwegian fan, Pia Bhatti in 1984. Also, according to Fox news, the Bhatti family has refused to rule out the possibility of Omer Bhatti being the son of Michael Jackson. After Jackson’s death Bhatti’s mother, Pia, told the Sun, “He was the King of Pop. But for us he was so much more.” Riz Bhatti, Pia’s husband said, “Make what you like. I don’t want to discuss anything.” The Bhatti family has refused to openly discuss the issue. Jermaine Jackson told the Daily Mail, “If Omer’s his son, he’s his son. We won’t deny it. We are going to give him the same love and care that we give Prince and Paris and Blanket. I can’t clearly say if he is Michael’s but I saw this kid around him.”
So is this the media making something out of nothing, or is this something worth pursuing? In certain pictures, Michael Jackson and Omer Bhatti do share very similar characteristics. Many also believe that Bhatti’s mother Pia, is also the mother of “Blanket”, Jackson’s youngest son, as Blanket shares very similar characteristics to Omer, when he was younger. All the rumors and stories that are being posted are not that credible so of course what will prove it beyond the shadow of a doubt is a DNA test, which Bhatti will reportedly undergo.