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London - Joe Jackson may be the father of Brandon Howard - not Michael Jackson.
A DNA test released on Thursday allegedly proved the late King of Pop fathered a secret love child with gospel singer Miki Howard, however, in a sensational twist, it's now claimed the 31-year-old aspiring singer is in fact the love child of Michael's father.
Miki was represented by Joe, 85, in the 1980s and toured with Michael and his music manager dad.
A source told the New York Daily News newspaper: “I've been hearing for years that Brandon is Joe's son.”
A press conference was held by Beverly Hills dental surgeon Dr. Joseph Goodman on Thursday in which he claimed there was a “99 percent” probability Brandon is Michael's son, having acquired the late 'Thriller' singer's DNA by buying one of his used dental devices at auction.
Brandon admitted he did supply some DNA for the test but insisted he is not looking to stake a claim in the fortune left behind by Michael upon his death in June 2009.
He said: “Number one, I did not call [website] TMZ or anything like that. Didn't put out a story, nothing. Number two, I've never 'self-proclaimed' to be Michael Jackson's son.
“Number three, I'm definitely not suing the estate. I've been taken care of very well. Number four, it is true I did do a DNA test but it had nothing to do with any of this.”
The news has prompted speculation Brandon is the child Michael is singing about in his 1982 hit song 'Billie Jean'.
Michael was father to three children, Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11, until his death in 2009. - Bang Showbiz