close pals: Michael Jackson and Mark Lester in March. Inset, Paris Jackson
MICHAEL Jackson's children could be coming to Gloucestershire for Christmas, according to reports.
Mark Lester, from Cheltenham, who is godfather to the late King of Pop's three children, has said the children may spend the festive period with him.
In an interview with Hello! magazine, the star of the 1970s musical Oliver! said Jackson's daughter Paris told him she hoped the visit could still go ahead.
He told the magazine that at the memorial concert for her father, 11-year-old Paris told him she had bought gifts for his children.
"She was disappointed my daughters weren't able to come to the memorial," he said. "She asked me, 'Can we come and stay with you at Christmas and I can bring the presents?'
"I was very touched and hope that can still be arranged. It's difficult to say until the custody arrangements have been finalised."
A media storm has surrounded the future of the children since Jackson's death, with a looming custody battle involving members of the star's family.
Mark, who runs the Carlton Osteopathy Clinic in Fairview, was one of Jackson's closest friends, meeting him when the Jackson Five visited London more than 30 years ago. He was reportedly nicknamed Applehead by the star.
The 50-year-old says the singer's son Blanket, seven, had been bewildered at his father's memorial concert in Los Angeles earlier this month.
In the interview, Mark said Paris had been emotional at the event and her brother, Prince Michael, 12, had been uncharacteristically reserved.
He said: "It was obvious to me that Blanket is still unsure about exactly what has happened to his father. He clearly hadn't accepted that he won't be seeing his father again."
Yesterday, Mark said he did not want to comment on whether Jackson's children could be coming to the county for Christmas.