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One of the mysteries left behind by Michael Jackson's untimely death is the true parentage of his youngest son, Prince Michael II, aka Blanket. Jackson claimed that he was the biological father, and that his sperm was used to impregnate a surrogate mother. But there has been much speculation that Jackson wasn't the true sperm donor -- and now, a former bodyguard is saying that he may be Blanket's biological dad.
Matt Fiddes, 29, a British martial arts expert, told the U.K. Daily Mail that he donated sperm to Jackson in 2001. Fiddes, who ran security for Jackson during British trips, says that Jackson heard him joking with his wife about the trouble they were having conceiving a child. Jackson offered to help his friend by sending him to fertility doctors, saying, "I think you'd be a wonderful dad." According to Fiddes, Jackson paid to have his sperm tested, then offered him a large sum of money for a sperm donation because "he wanted a fit, athletic son." Fiddes claims that he turned down the money, and made three sperm donations without any kind of formal contract or confidentiality agreement. The following year, now-8-year-old Blanket was born.
"I never asked Michael if Blanket was mine and he never told me," Fiddes tells the newspaper. "As Blanket grew up I could see the resemblance... in 2009 a mutual friend saw a picture of Blanket in a magazine and rang me up straight away. He said, 'What have you done? You've donated sperm to Michael.'"
Fiddes is friends with another Jackson employee, Mark Lester, who claims to have donated the sperm that fathered Michael's daughter Paris. Fiddes says that he and Lester have a pact to come the United States and get DNA tests if Michael's elderly mother, Katherine Jackson, dies while the children are still in her custody. They claim they're not interested in Jackson's money; they'd simply like access to the children they believe to be theirs.
"Katherine Jackson has already denied me the right to see Blanket," says Fiddes, "but if she were to die I would be straight over there."
There may be a resemblance between Blanket and Fiddes, but when it comes to Jackson, it's hard to know who's telling the truth, and who's trying to get a piece of his multimillion-dollar estate. We may not ever know the real story about Blanket's dad, who was even rumored at one point to be Macaulay Culkin. Then again, it's possible that Blanket's father was actually Michael Jackson -- truth, after all, can be stranger than fiction.
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