bhatt-680i (Foto: TV 2)
bhatt-680i (Foto: TV 2)

- Michael is still a part of me

Michael Jacksons young friend, Omer Michael Bhatti, speaks for the first time since the artist's death in an exclusive interview with Norwegian tv.
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- Everything I do, I do it because of Michael. When I make music, dance, perform it's all because of him. I'm inspired by all the things that he taught me, says Omer Michael Bhatti to the breakfast show God morgen Norge (Good morning Norway) on TV 2 on Friday.

Close friends

Omer Michael Bhatti from Norway started imitating the artist at the age of 8. During a trip to Tunisia in 1996 he befriended the artist, and was later invited to stay at his home Neverland. At the time Bhatti was only 12 years old. The two remained close friends right up until the artist's sudden death last year.

- The most important person

At Jackson's funeral, Bhatti was seated in the front row alongside Jackon's children and family. Bhatti has remained silent about their relationship, but in the wake of Jackson's death he released a press statement saying:

– I have lost the most important person in my life. He raised me and made me the person I am today.

- Still part of my life

Since Michael Jackson's death, Omer travels regularly to the United States, and still maintains a close relationship with his children and the rest of the Jackson family.

– It's a huge part of my life and always will be, Bhatti tells TV 2.

Why have you chosen to be so secretive about your relationship to Jackson and his family?

– Everything I do is inspired by him. But at the same time so much of this is private, says Bhatti. This past years, so much has happened. I feel I've been stripped of my private life, and the little I have left, I wish to keep for myself, he tells TV 2.

Hunted by paparazzi

Since Michael Jackson's death, Omer Michael Bhatti has been subject to an enormous amount of interest from international media and paparazzi. Two British tabloids wrote that he was the unknown child of Michael Jackson and sent journalists to Norway to hunt him down.

One of the stories that has outraged him the most was the on-line tabloid who wrote that Bhatti claims to have fathered Michael Jackson's three children.

- I have experienced the ugly face of the paparazzi, and this past year things have just gone crazy, says Bhatti. You do an interview and people distort what you say and twist it into something completely different.

Wants to share

Though secretive about his Jackson connection, he also has something he wishes to convey to the world.

- It's hard, because it's such a huge part of my life, but at the same time it's such a private part of my life. What I want to share with the world, I'll share through my music and dancing, says Omer.

Sings with Michael

Omer Michael Bhatti is currently in Norway to launch his new website under the artist name «O-Bee», and today he gave Norwegian viewers a sneak preview of a rap he performs «with» Michael Jackson in the song «Wanne be Starting Someting».

– It's one of my favourite songs, says Bhatti to God morgen Norge .

See the new video clip here!

You can see the full interview with Bhatti in Norwegian here!