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Michael Jackson may have a 31-year-old son with a woman named Billie

Mar 7, 2014

As if Michael Jackson’s life didn’t already have enough conspiracy theories attached to it, news broke Thursday that may rewrite a whole chapter of the King of Pop’s legacy.

A DNA test conducted by film company FilmOn.TV and reported by TMZ supposedly found a 99.9% probability that 31-year-old singer Brandon Howard, who now goes by B. Howard, is Michael Jackson’s son. Howard is participating in a documentary for the company and admits to giving them a DNA swab, but says he did not voluntarily submit to a comparative DNA test to determine relation to MJ. The company says it obtained one of Michael’s dental impression from a Beverly Hills dentist, and paid on its own to compare Howard’s DNA to Jackson’s.

The kicker? Howard’s mother is Miki Howard, an ’80s R&B singer who was managed by Joe Jackson. She used to go by the name “Billie.” Brandon was born in 1982, the same year the song “Billie Jean” was recorded. If the DNA test is credible it would mean that one of the most famous lyrics of the ’80s—”the kid is not my son”—was a lie; there was a Billie, there was a kid and he was indeed Michael’s son.

Speculation that Brandon Howard is Michael’s son has followed Brandon for years. The resemblance is striking:

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And honestly if you want to discourage rumors that you’re Michael Jackson’s son, putting out music videos like this recent one to jumpstart your career probably isn’t your best bet:

As the news broke on Thursday, Brandon neither confirmed nor denied being Michael’s son but simply said “I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson’s son.” He also said “I did not authorize the testing of my DNA to be compared to that of the late Michael Jackson… [I] was asked to give a sample of my DNA. Even though I agreed to this I never expected it to be used in this manner.”

But perhaps most telling is a video that Howard released to TMZ Thursday. In a voice that sounds eerily similar to Michael he insists, “I’m definitely not suing the estate—I’ve been taken care of very well. And also I make my own cash.” Why would a random guy with no connection to the estate be “taken care of very well”?

Granted, this thing has all the hallmarks of a potential hoax—namely a company making a documentary they’re trying to market. They even released the DNA test findings in a cheesy-looking press conference with TMZ on speed dial.

But Howard insists he didn’t contact TMZ and that he’s not in on the story. He’s either the biggest troll ever or the subject of one of the biggest pop culture secrets ever revealed. Watch his response video below. If he’s not a spitting image, I don’t know who is.

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