Superfan who changed his name to 'Michael Jackson' starts crowdfund in order to change it back
A Michael Jackson superfan whose obsession with the megastar saw him change his legal name to that of his idol has done a complete 180, and now desperately wants to have it changed back. His decision comes in the wake of the damning child sexual abuse allegations that have been raised against the singer in the Leaving Neverland documentary.
The former fan, born John Lomas, went to extreme lengths to show off his adoration for the late Thriller star, with his obsession leading him to spend a whopping £1 million ($1.3 million) on memorabilia.
In the video below, Mr. Jackson talks about his regretful name change:
His desire to change his name comes after the release of Leaving Neverland, the explosive two-part documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, state in no uncertain terms that they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the late King of Pop when they were children.
The 38-year-old from Worcestershire, England, changed his name to John Michael Jackson at the height of his obsession, but is now claiming that it is making it practically impossible for him to find a job as a care worker.
"During my childhood I had various obsessions and special interests growing up and one of those has been Michael Jackson. A few years ago I went to LA, and soon after that, I changed my name to Michael Jackson legally," Jackson explains.
Mr. Jackson vehemently supported the late superstar for 25 years in spite of the sexual abuse allegations which had long plagued his career. However, he has now come to the decision that this is no longer possible.
When applying for jobs in the care profession, Jackson has to disclose his full name, but fears it looks bad that he chose to change his name to that of an "alleged and believed pedophile".
"I've asked for legal advice and there is nothing I can do to change my name back by deed poll without paying a £120 ($159) fee, which I can't afford," he added. "I just want to put this behind me - I can't have this name hanging above me anymore, I just want a fresh start."
Jackson has set up a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise the $159 fee it costs to change his name back.