Despite the resemblance to Michael Jackson’s youngest son, Blanket, Omer Bhatti, who is rumored to be Jackson’s “secret lovechild”, declared to a friend: ‘He is NOT my dad’.
The Mirror is reporting that Omer Bhatti has revealed how Michael Jackson feted him as an honorary son after inviting him and his family to move in with him. Omer, 25, from Norway, who lived with Jackson at his Neverland ranch for eight years, hails the tragic pop legend as his “best friend”. Omer was a guest of honor at Jackson’s memorial event in Los Angeles two weeks ago where he sat alongside the legend’s closest relatives in the front row.
BUT he says there is no biological link between him and Jackson, despite widespread rumors he is the King of Pop’s illegitimate child, fathered during an alleged fling with Omer’s mum in 1983. Omer revealed that Jackson always used to say that he was like a son to him and he thinks that that must be the reason for all the rumors. Confiding in a close friend Omer said: “Michael is not my father. He and I were just very, very close. He was my best friend.”
“Michael always used to say I was like a son to him. But my true parents are here 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.”
He also confided in another pal: “Michael was such a special person to me and I cannot believe he is gone, I am in total shock. I have lost weight because I cannot eat anything. All I can think about is Michael and how he died.”
Omer moved to Neverland in 1996 after Jackson had met him and his parents in Tunisia where the then 12-year-old Omer had been on holiday. Jackson was so taken with the Michael Jackson wannabe Omer that he had the boy, his mother, father and sister move to LA with him immediately. He gave Omer’s mother, Pia, a job as a nanny for his son Prince Michael and employed dad, Huayoun, as a driver.
Another of Omer’s friends, Ricky Harlow, revealed that Omer’s bond with Jackson grew so strong that he shared the star’s bed while his family stayed in a cottage in a different part of Neverland. The sleepovers took place at a time when Jackson was still reeling from allegations that he had molested 13-year-old Jordan Chandler. Ricky, now 25 and living in Hollywood, told the Sunday Mirror in an exclusive interview: “I never got the vibe anything inappropriate was going on. Omer would sleep over at Michael’s. They would hang out and watch movies and all that kind of stuff. His parents and his sister stayed in a cottage in a different part of the ranch.” Ricky added: “Omer sleeping in Michael’s bed would not have been a big deal. It would have been innocent.”
Jackson caused huge controversy when he admitted during a 2003 TV interview with British journalist Martin Bashir that he shared his bed with 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo, who later accused the star of sexual abuse. Those allegations led to a major trial which almost ruined the superstar’s career even though Jackson was found innocent of all charges. Ricky said the sleepovers took place before the Arvizo case.
Ricky, who was at that time singing with three other teenagers in a boy band called No Authority, added: “There was a real bond between Omer and Michael. Michael was very protective of him and wanted to mentor him.” Omer had been such a part of Jackson’s inner-circle that he appeared alongside him at his birthday bash and starred in a home video opening Christmas presents on American TV.
Omer’s mum Pia also confirmed how hard her son was taking Jackson’s death saying: “He has been totally crushed by Michael’s death.”
Persistent rumors that Jackson had fathered Omer, following a one-night-stand with his mother in 1983, have been circulating since 2004. They appeared to have acquired new currency after the memorial service, which was beamed around the globe to an audience of millions. And the rumors grew further still when the superstar’s brother Jermaine fuelled speculation by saying he would welcome Omer into the Jackson clan, if it were confirmed that he was Michael’s son. There were even reports that Omer had been seeking a DNA test to try to prove he is Michael’s son.