Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Paris Jackson 'wants to visit dad Mark Lester'

Paris Jackson

Paris Jackson is reportedly looking forward to visiting the British actor who claims to be her biological father when she is released from hospital.

Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter has apparently been made aware the British actor was more than just a friend to her dad.

Mark publicly claimed he donated sperm to Michael and is the true father of Paris and her 16-year-old brother, Prince.

The statements have not been proven although recent reports have brought the allegations to the surface once again.

According to UK newspaper The Mirror, Paris now wants to meet with the star at his Oxfordshire home.

"Paris is deeply interested in learning about her father's friendship with Mark and what happened," a source said.

"In no way would she ever see him as a replacement for Michael but she's curious. Mark has met the kids before but Paris never knew the significance of it until now."

Mark has reportedly reached out to the children. Prince is said to have rejected the offer.

"Prince cannot be bothered. He feels that anyone coming out to question Michael being his father is not a true friend," the insider added.

Paris is currently in treatment following her apparent suicide attempt earlier this month.

She is said to have plans to visit Mark after she is discharged.

"Paris has expressed an interest once she is out of hospital of spending time with Mark in the UK," the source said.

"That is a long way off, but she hopes to come to terms with her past and hear more from the man who has always kept a lot of secrets about Michael."

Mark spoke on Tuesday during ITV's Daybreak with Lorraine Kelly about spending time with Paris once she is released from treatment.

He hopes he can provide some comfort to the teenager but said communicating with her might prove difficult.

"In light of what's happened with Paris it's going to be even more difficult because social media's closed down and phone lines are closed," he said.

"OK, they're looking after her, I'm sure, in the best way they can, but eventually, maybe in a couple of months, when things start to get better for her, lines of communication will open again."

Mark said his door "is always open" to the Jackson children, including 11-year-old Blanket.

Michael Jackson died after taking a powerful anaesthetic called Propofol on June 25, 2009. He was 50.

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