|Micheal and Lester|
Former child actor and godfather to all Micheal Jackson's children, Mark Lester believes he's the biological father of the deceased superstar's children Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11, and he will undergo DNA testing to prove it.
The 54-year-old actor who was Michael’s best pal for 30 years
Mark Lester (left) and Michael Jackson's children Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11 (Right)
“I noticed the likenesses in my own children and his, my daughter Olivia looks like Paris. People have also pointed out similarities between myself when I was younger and Prince.'
I remember Michael ringing and saying, ‘Oh, you don’t have any fertility difficulties do you?’. He was half joking so I joked, ‘Oh, I just look at her and she gets pregnant’.
So then in a light-hearted way he said, ‘Will you help me out?’. Initially I thought he wanted me to do something with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe and I was thinking, ‘I don’t think so’.
Then out of the blue about a year later, he mentioned sperm donation and I agreed.
Michael set it up for me to turn up to a clinic in Harley Street, London to do it. It was weird. I went in a couple of times to donate but we never talked about it ever again.
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.
Even after the children were born I didn't I never ever thought the children were anyone else’s but Michael’s. 'He was a great dad to them, brought them up and was brilliant with the kids so I just didn’t go there but there is obviously a good possibility (that I could be the biological father).
“Every time Michael came to the UK, which was at least six times a year, I used to take my children to see his. They always got on really well. Olivia and Harriet would play with Paris. We always used to stay at an isolated cottage at the Cliveden House hotel in Berkshire. I even took the kids to his home in the US. We were like one big happy family.
When I heard the news of Micheal's death, I was devastated. I never saw him take any drugs. I managed to get to America for his memorial service and that was the last time I saw the children.
I wouldn’t have a DNA test without the children’s permission but when the children come of age, and it’s not far away, and they decide they want me to do it then I will. It is up to them. I don’t want to tell them what to do. I just want to reconnect and be the godfather that Michael made me.
After Lester raised the question to the Jackson family, the clan severed ties with the scorned godfather in a move that he deems 'not what Michael would have wanted. The family has not responded to Lester's resultant pleas despite his insistence that he remains willing to undergo DNA testing to confirm whether he is the children's biological father.
Check out pictures of similar features between the children and Lester below...
|Close friends: Jackson and Lester spending Christmas together with their respective families |
Lester, pictured in 1968 and Micheal's son Prince Michael in 2009
Lester's daughter, Harriet in 2009, and Micheal's daugther, Paris in 2011