MJ's bodyguard in court battle to prove he is Blanket's real father
Michael Jackson's British bodyguard has launched a legal bid to prove that he is the biological father of the late singer's youngest son.
Martial arts master Matt Fiddes, who became pals with the singer after guarding him on dozens of UK visits, is heading to the US to demand the right to see 10-year-old Blanket.
And he has vowed to provide officials with a DNA sample so they can confirm his claims that he is the youngster’s real dad. The 32-year-old claims he gave Jacko a sperm donation in a London hotel just a year before the lad, whose real name is Prince Michael II, was born in 2002.
He also says the King of Pop even once admitted to him that Blanket is his biological son. Now Matt wants to get to know the boy, but he claims Jackson’s family has refused to speak to him or answer his letters since the megastar’s 2009 death at 50.
So the fighter is heading to Los Angeles to lodge court papers. “I am going to lodge my DNA and formally ask the Jacksons for access. I want visitation rights,” the Daily Star quoted him as saying.
“Michael is their father and I do not want that to change, but I want the children back in my life. The only way that’s going to happen is through legal action. I think Blanket is mine but I want final proof,” he said.
Matt revealed Jacko once admitted he was the dad, and the paternity was also confirmed by the singer’s Brit actor pal Mark Lester, best known for playing the lead in 60s musical flick Oliver!
Matt, who has three other kids, flew out to comfort a dazed Jacko in November 2002, after he famously dangled then nine-month-old Blanket over a hotel balcony in Berlin.
“I sat there and asked the question: ‘Is Blanket my child?’ He said: ‘He’s my child, Matt, but I used your sperm to produce him,” he said. But Matt says Jacko’s mum Katherine, 81, has done her best to block his desperate pleas to see the child, believing he is after money.
“Katherine’s worried we will come after the estate and will tell the kids the truth. But to me the truth is the big issue, and that’s why I want to take it further. I’m a self-made man, I don’t want or need their money,” said Matt, of Shirwell, north Devon.
“‘All I want is access if he’s my child, to take him out, and spend some time together. My mum is dying of cancer. I want her to see Blanket more than anything,” he added.