Just days after the story broke that he was getting sued by some Bahrain prince, rumors have begun flying that Michael Jackson has converted to Islam.
Not only that, but he has changed his name to Mikaeel Jackson.
Apparently, Jacko was persuaded by songwriter David Wharnsby and producer Phillip Bubal while recording new tracks at their studio in the Hollywood Hills.
“They began talking to him about their beliefs, and how they thought they had become better people after they converted. Michael soon began warming to the idea. An Imam was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief,” reports The Sun (UK).
If this is true, would it even be that strange? At least by Michael Jackson standards, it's barely newsworthy. Islam is practiced by more than a billion humans ... it's not like he joined some cult created a few decades ago by a sci-fi writer.
Or named his kid Bronx Mowgli Wentz. Prince Michael Jackson I and II (a.k.a. Blanket) seem like downright normal names compared to that douche-baggery.