Matt Fiddes, a U.K.-based martial arts master, is renewing claims he made back in 2010 that he is the biological father of Michael Jackson’s youngest son, Prince Michael II, a.k.a. Blanket. “I am going to lodge my DNA and formally ask the Jacksons for access,” the 32-year-old, who worked as Jackson’s bodyguard during his time in the U.K., told the Daily Star. “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.”
Fiddes, who runs a chain of martial arts schools, first made this claim back in 2010, when he told the Daily Mail that he donated sperm to Jackson in 2001, a year before Blanket was born. “He said he wanted a fit, athletic son. He offered me half a million pounds but I said no,” Fiddes told the tabloid. “I was already a multi millionaire and I didn’t need the money or want to take his. He was a friend and I said of course I would help. There was no contract, no confidentially agreement. He was very thankful and respectful and even rang my mum to ask her if it was okay with her.”
The thing making us a wee bit suspicious of this whole story is the fact that Fiddes has made a habit of spilling his history with MJ to the tabloids for a while — The Sun ran a profile of him in 2008 in which he talked about working as a bodyguard and decoy for the pop star. He also spoke to Sky News shortly after Jackson’s death, recounting how he and mutual friend Uri Gellar confiscated drugs from the singer and tried to prevent his doctors from giving him more of the prescription meds he was hooked on.
Still, Fiddes is playing a pretty serious card in this game, telling the Daily Star, “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.”