Clare Sidoti Staff Writer
There has been much speculation since the birth of his children that Michael Jackson was not the biological father. Not long after the singer’s death in June 2009, longtime friend, Mark Lester (Oliver!) claimed that he had fathered Jackson’s daughter, Paris (15). While nothing was proved and no DNA tests conducted at the time, the story seemed to peter out. However, as we approach the fourth anniversary of Jackson’s death, Lester has spoken out again. And this time he is claiming paternity of Prince Michael (16) and Blanket (11) as well.
Lester, who is godfather to all three Jackson offspring, claimed that he donated sperm to the late singer in the 1990s but that nothing further was spoken about the matter between them. At the time of the Paris paternity claim, he stated that “In 1996 Michael asked me if I would give him my sperm and I said yes. It was a gift to him, no money was paid, it was something I was honoured to do. He wanted children so badly”. In reports from Digital Spy this weekend, he recalls Jackson calling him up and asking whether he had any fertility difficulties. When he jokingly replied that “Oh, I just look at her and she gets pregnant”, Jackson is alleged to have said “Will you help me out?”. It wasn’t until a year later that sperm donation was discussed to which Lester agreed.
Apparently Jackson set up an appointment with a clinic in London’s Harley Street where Lester went “a couple of times to donate”, but the topic was never discussed further between the friends. Lester acknowledges that “it was a really strange request but while Michael was alive I never gave it another thought. I didn’t donate to get something out of it”.
He describes his friend as “a great dad” to the children; “he brought them up and was brilliant with the kids” and it is for this reason that he didn’t push the issue of paternity while Jackson was still alive. However, now he is hoping to undergo DNA tests with the blessing of the three children. “I wouldn’t have a DNA test without the children’s permission”. He states that if they want him to do this then he will but that “it is up to them”.
This is not the only Jackson story to come from Lester in recent weeks. At the end of April, he claimed that Jackson was drunk during the press call announcement of his London O2 Arena 50-concert residency in 2009.