Omer Bhatti: Michael Jackson Protege or Son?

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Everyone knows Michael Jackson had a close bond with his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket. But what about his supposed "secret son" Omer Bhatti?

Some say that Bhatti, 25, is Jackson's son, the product of a one-night stand in Norway a quarter-century ago. Others say he was just one of many young musical talents Jackson mentored over the years, and was very close to the singer.

Either way, Omer Bhatti sat front and center at the King of Pop's memorial service earlier this month, and is currently staying at the Jackson family home.

Sources say Bhatti was a fixture at Jackson's Neverland ranch in Santa Ynez, Calif., after the two met in Europe in the 1990s, when Bhatti was around 11.

"Everyone knew him as 'Little Michael,' and Michael referred to him as 'Little Monkey,'" remembers Ricky Harlow, a rocker in the band Harlow, which was signed to Jackson's MJJ Records in 1996 – and enjoyed an open invitation to Neverland.

Omer Bhatti's relationship to Michael Jackson has fueled great speculation.

Harlow, then 15, spent many weeks at Jackson's ranch and remembers Omer Bhatti and Jackson as being very close. Nevertheless, he says that media reports hinting that Bhatti is the pop star's mysterious son make little sense.

"They did have a father-and-son type of connection," Harlow says.

"But I never thought he was his biological father. They met when Little Michael did a contest impersonating Michael Jackson in Europe in the mid-1990s."

"Michael saw it and was blown away and got in contact with the family."

Whatever their relationship might be, Michael Jackson's family recognized the bond and has taken in Omer Bhatti as one of their own.

"They definitely embrace him," says the source. "He lived with Michael like a son. After Michael died, he came to the Jackson family home in Encino."

"He came along with Michael's kids."

Soon after meeting Michael Jackson, Bhatti and his mother Pia and her husband Riz were invited to live at Neverland, with all its perks.

"Michael cherished him," says Harlow. "I'm a crazy driver. I actually wrecked a bunch of the four wheelers with Little Michael with me. He was having so much fun."

"He was always like, 'Please be careful with Little Monkey. When you ride on the four wheelers, PLEASE be careful because Little Michael lives with me.'"

As for Omer Bhatti, he more than lived up to his nickname – dressing and moving just like his idol, Michael Jackson.

"I could tell little Michael idolized him," says Harlow. "[Omer] would say things like, 'I'm going to be a millionaire by the time I'm 20.' He was super ambitious; I remember he was very talented, and Michael would always say that."

Many (such as U.S. Rep. Peter King) viewed Jackson's close relationship with children as inappropriate. He was tried on child molestation charges, and acquitted, in 2005, and settled similar accusations out of court a decade earlier.

Still, Harlow says Neverland holds only good memories for him.

"I would hang out at his place all the time, and we'd be dancing in front of the mirror together," Harlow, 26, fondly remembers.

"One day and he turned to me and said, 'You've got a lot of nerve.' To him that meant I'm a bold person. I'm going to keep that in my heart."

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i think omer is michael's son.

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They met in '96, the kid is 25. Do tha math!!!

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he looks like a freak

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I agree 100% with Cornball! Just leave the poor guy alone!

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Jesus is Lord

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Omer didn't ask for all of this. He's not after the money. If he was after money and fame, he would've sold his story a long ass time ago. Omer never does interviews talking about Michael, cause he have too much respect for the relationship the two of them had. So leave him alone and just respect his privacy. I honestly don't know if he is his son or not. But it's not for us to worry about. The guy could've been a millionair already. All i gotta say is that i have so much respect for him. I truly believe he worshiped the relationship he had with MJ, and got too much respect for it to ever go to the media and be like " yooo this my story. wanna buy it". this is nobody fault but the media, spreading rumors and shit.

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DID YOU SEE THAT READ IT AGAIN IT SAYS HE WAS A FRIEND TO MJ. SEE ITS ALL ABOUT MJ,S MONEY AGAIN BACK OF ALL OF YOUS AND LET HIM RNP MY GOD ALL THE PAIN YOU ALL PUT HIM THROW WHAT A SHAM YOU ALL MAKE ME SICK THANK GOD HIS MOM LOVED HIM SO MUCH I WISH I WAS THIER FOR HIM YOU ALL WOULD NOT GET A PENNY IT WOULD GO TO HIS MOTHER AND CHILDREN AND HE WOULD BE HERE NOW.

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w/e LOOKS NTHING LIKE Michael he just Wants the Money whycouldnt he do ths when Michael was Alive then When he dies. He wants to come out!

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Go for a dna test and the truth will reveal..

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Ricky! You are so full of SHIT!!!!!!

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