Omer Bhatti // Michael Jackson & a young Omer Bhatti

Michael Jackson‘s alleged “love child” Omer Bhatti has denied the rumors circulating that Jackson is his father and also revealed why he was seated with Michael’s relatives at the memorial:

Omer, who lives in Norway, has revealed Jackson always used to say that he was like a son to him and he thinks that that must be the reason for all the rumours. Confiding in a close friend from Oslo, Omer said: “Michael is not my father. He and I were just very, very close. He was my best friend … Michael always used to say I was like a son to him,” he told the friend. “But my true parents are here in Norway. The reason I was asked to sit with his family at the memorial service is because I was Michael’s closest friend – not because I am his son.”

SOURCE: MIRROR UK

Omer moved to Neverland with Jackson in 1996 with his parents and lived there for eight years. They met in Tunisia and Michael was so taken by the boy that he moved both he and his parents to LA. Omer’s mother became nanny for his son Prince Michael while his father became his driver.

Friends and family of the 25-year-old dancer have said that the death of his “best friend” is taking a toll on him. A female friend revealed that he “[looks] pale and thin” and that the once lively and soulful boy has “never felt so down.”