Matt Fiddes, martial arts expert and former bodyguard of Michael Jackson, told reporters he's the biological father of the pop star's son, Prince Michael II, according to the Herald Sun. Prince Michael II, also known as "Blanket," was raised by Michael Jackson as his son; but Matt Fiddes' claim casts doubt on the King of Pop's paternity.
He said he donated sperm for Michael Jackson because the deceased singer feared being assassinated on stage, which doesn't exactly clear things up. Matt Fiddes said the singer asked him to look after his children if anything were to happen to him. But how does his sperm help in this regard?
The martial arts master is not required by law to prove his paternity unless the mother files a paternity suit, as any Illinois family lawyer might tell you. But since Matt Fiddes is the one letting the cat out of the bag, it's probably a moot point.
Matt Fiddes was on his way to Australia to promote his new fitness center in Brisbane when the story broke. He said "Blanket" looks just like him and spoke as if it's established fact, although it's not certain whether it has been proven through DNA testing:
"I knew [the news] would break eventually because [paternity] has been mentioned in court documents and people have known for a while, but no one was game to print it. There is an incredible resemblance between me and him and [Blanket] has also talked to his friends about me."
Matt Fiddes also said he was cut off by Michael Jackson's family even though he was part of the singer's core entourage before his untimely death. More information might come to light in the near future, judging by his statements to the press:
"I will talk [more generally] about the whole process and where I go from here, and how it has changed my life - because I want to shut the door on it."
Meet with an Illinois family law attorney if you have any questions about paternity laws in the state.
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