April 22, 2014

Janet Jackson does not have a secret son

HollywoodNews.com: I got a kick out of the National Enquirer cover story this week. Janet Jackson’s ex mother in law says that Janet and her son, James, are the parents of Michael Jackson barnicle Omer Bhatti. I don’t know the mechanics of these things: does the Enquirer go to these people and pay them to make up stories? It’s all a lot of fun, I guess. Omer Bhatti, of course, has actual parents in Norway. Their names are Riz and Pia Bhatti.

I’ve written about this a lot over the years. When Omer was 12, they dressed him up a like a mini Michael and brought him to Tunis, where Michael was performing in 1996. Omer did a little moonwalking in the lobby and Michael invited him to his suite. He liked the kid so much that he added the Bhattis to his tour. Then Riz and Pia went to work for him at Neverland.

Over the years, Omer stayed at Neverland even after his parents returned to Norway. When he joined them at home, Omer became a Michael Jackson imitator and made money from it. He let people think he was Michael’s kid. Jackson liked to tell intimates that Omer was his secret illegitimate son; none of it was true. It was just Michael’s fantasy and it was sad.

As far as Janet Jackson goes, I do feel bad for her. For years a persistent rumor circulated that she had a secret child that been raised by her sister, Rebbie. Now it’s this thing. Janet has no children, and I’m sure it’s frustrating to keep reading these crazy stories. Omer Bhatti quite likes it, though, because it perpetuates his connection to Michael Jackson.

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7 Comments

  • August 28, 2011 | Permalink |

    roger…you really have issues…smh.. i just cant with you…..why would it be michael fantasy to have omer as his son when he has kids of his own ???you really always want to paint this absurd picture of mike the slightest chance you get dont you?

  • August 28, 2011 | Permalink |

    The writer of this article is sick in the head and needs some serious help

  • August 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    I’m glad you set the record straight! Team Janet!!!!!!!! Of course she doesn’t have any kids.

  • August 30, 2011 | Permalink |

    The problem with this rumor is that Latoya said Janet DOES have children when Latoya was on the outs with her family. She said Janet was married and she certainly had a secret marriage at the time to Rene Elizondo. Most of what Latoya said has been proven to be true so far.

  • August 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    It’s funny cause I could remember when this story took place. This was in the media, back in 85.It was said back then she had child. She was made too divorce James Debarge, rite after that she came out the hit control.But this her business it’s a same that people & the media dont respect that. If this her child what effect does this has on him.What harm does this have on him ? Somethings shouldn’t be in the media I guess this is the cost of being FAMOUS

    that she was married to Debarge then was made took have a

  • September 17, 2011 | Permalink |

    To clarify, Janet divorced James Debarge not long after their marriage due to a very serious drug problem that he had.

    As for Roger Friedman, he takes every chance he can to trash Michael, whether it be through Michael himself, Michael’s family or Michael’s close friends. Mr. Friedman is one of the many in media that has a long standing negative bias against Michael Jackson. As a result, it’s impossible for him to write about MJ or the issues surrounding MJ with any measure of objectivity.

    However, the one thing I will agree on is that OBee is neither the child of MJ or Janet. End of story.

  • September 20, 2011 | Permalink |

    Seriously? The possiblity is there of Omer being MJs son. It’s never been confirmed when Omer “met” MJ there are pictures around of them and Omer looks younger than 12yrs old. It would be very easy to say “no Omer is not MJs” however NOONE has ever denied it,only confirmed it over the years. Also if you really knew anything then you have known Riz is Omer’s stepfather,that fact came out along time ago. Seriously tell the truth or stop “reporting”

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