Jason Pfeiffer, a friend of Michael Jackson, has claimed he is able to confirm rumors that children Paris and Prince were fathered by British actor Mark Lester.
Jason Pfeiffer has claimed that Michael Jackson made the startling confession just a few months before he died on 25 June 2009.
Mark Lester, who made his name in the 1969 film version of Oliver! has long been rumored to be the father of Michael Jackson’s children.
Jason Pfeiffer, 39, has also claimed that Michael Jackson wanted Prince and Paris’ mother Debbie Rowe to have no part in their lives, saying he was “mom and dad” to his children.
He told the Sunday Mirror: “One day as we talked about his children and Debbie Rowe, he just came out and said that his children were actually fathered by Mark.”
Jason Pfeiffer added: “Michael felt Mark was one of his closest friends. He said he was a great actor and very good man. He mentioned that he had taken several people’s sperm and decided on Mark.”
Michael Jackson had his two eldest children with Debbie Rowe while his son Blanket was born to an anonymous surrogate mother.
Jason Pfeiffer has claimed how Michael Jackson confided in him during a visit to Arnold Klein’s medical clinic in Beverly Hills in 2009.
His friend believes that Michael Jackson made the confession for a reason, as four months later he died, aged 50, after his doctor Conrad Murray reportedly gave him a fatal dose of anesthetic propofol.
Jason Pfeiffer has hinted that Michael Jackson would welcome Mark Lester to be more involved with his children’s lives.
Actor and former child star Mark Lester has also spoken about the possibility of him being the father to Michael Jackson’s kids, revealing that he was asked to donate sperm by the late singer.
Mark Lester, 54, has also reached out to Paris Jackson following her suicide attempt, offering her a place to stay with him.
He said: “It would be a breath of fresh air… a change of scenery, hang out with people who aren’t going to idolize her for being Paris Jackson but for just being the kid that she is, and she really just needs friends.”
Paris Jackson has been recovering since attempting to take her life on June 5th and Mark Lester is said to be fully prepared to take a DNA test to prove paternity.
“I wouldn’t have a DNA test without the children’s permission but when the children come of age, and it’s not far away, and they decide they want me to do it then I will.
“It is up to them. I don’t want to tell them what to do. I just want to reconnect and be the godfather that Michael made me.”
Mark Lester added: “My 18-year-old daughter Olivia looks like Paris. People have also pointed out similarities between myself when I was younger and Prince Michael.”
Meanwhile, office manager Jason Pfeiffer added: “If Michael knew how his and this kids’ lives would end up, I feel he would approve of Mark having a much more active role. He has his own teenage kids and has been loyal to Michael for years.”
Mark Lester found fame at the age of eight when he played the title role in the film of the Lionel Bart musical Oliver!. He became good friends with Michael Jackson in London in 1978 when the singer was performing with the Jackson 5.
In 1995, shortly after Mark Lester’s third child was born, Michael Jackson broached the subject of fertility, he said.
“I remember Michael ringing and saying, <<Oh, you don’t have any fertility difficulties do you?>> He was half joking so I joked, <<Oh, I just look at her and she gets pregnant>>.
“So then in a light-heated way he said, <<Will you help me out?>>. Initially I thought he wanted me to do something with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe and I was thinking, <<I don’t think so>>.”
Mark Lester is now an osteopath and lives in Cheltenham, UK, with his second wife Lisa and the four children from his first marriage.
The Jackson children are due to be witnesses in a $40 million lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live. Jackson’s family say the firm, which organized his 50 farewell gigs in London, ignored fears over his health.
Talking about her recent troubles, Jason Pfeiffer said of Paris Jackson: “It is tough for Paris to be without the main influence in her life at this very challenging time. She could always talk to her dad and have his support.”