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Christmas in Gloucestershire could be on cards for Jackson's children

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: July 23, 2009

close pals: Michael Jackson and Mark Lester in March. Inset, Paris Jackson

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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.

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    WTF, Cheltenham  |  July 24 2009, 1:42PM

    If Mark Lester were a true friend of Michael Jackson, he would have just kept his mouth shut and kept their friendship private, the way that most people who are friends with famous people do. Instead HE chose to contact the papers to announce this relationship - no-one ever pursued him, and since then he has fed off the attention and publicity. It is about time he realised that many people see him as a Jacko parasite. MJ had many 'friends', and many 'godchildren', it seems that Mark Lester is the one wth the least dignity. It would be interesting to know how often they ever actually met. Actually, no, it would be less interesting than watching paint dry. Get a life of your own Mark, and stop over-egging the pudding. Do you want to become a Uri Geller-esque laughing stock? Truth is the daughter of time, remember...

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    Anonymous, Cheltenham  |  July 24 2009, 12:52AM

    Leave Mark alone. The poor guy has enough to deal with after losing his friend without people talking nonsense about him on the internet.

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    So, so bored, Cheltenham  |  July 23 2009, 10:40PM

    Will Mr Lester ever stop dining out on the fact that, once, 40 years ago, he was in a film? Yawn, yawn......is anyone really interested in his constant self gratification? I am surprised he has any time at all to run a business with all the photo shoots and tv interviews! Get a life Mr Lester, instead of living int he past and a fantasy world!

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    Um, Cheltenham  |  July 23 2009, 5:04PM

    I barely know the names of Michael Jackson's kids, yet am now very aware that their godfather is called Mark lester. How many times is he going to be in the paper? Yes, we get it, you were friends with the late MJ, and yes, we get it, you're a good samaritan. Real news now please.

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    Rob, Abbeymead  |  July 23 2009, 10:21AM

    Celebrities make my life complete. Tell us more Tom :)

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    Tom, Glos  |  July 23 2009, 9:10AM

    My cousins might be coming to visit me from London, shall i write a story about it???

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    Sian, Glos  |  July 23 2009, 8:11AM

    Do we care?

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    Charles, Cheltenham  |  July 23 2009, 7:19AM

    Advising the media/paparazzi of the location and time for Jackson's children to visit is probably not the best idea. Good publicity for the Carlton clinic though I guess!

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    tim, Cheltenham  |  July 23 2009, 6:28AM

    Lovely idea I hope the press give them some space.