A DNA test conducted by film company FilmOn.TV and reported by TMZ supposedly found a 99.9% probability that 31-year-old singer Brandon Howard, who now goes by B. Howard, is Michael Jackson’s son. Howard is participating in a documentary for the company and admits to giving them a DNA swab, but says he did not voluntarily submit to a comparative DNA test to determine relation to MJ. The company says it obtained one of Michael’s dental impression from a Beverly Hills dentist, and paid on its own to compare Howard’s DNA to Jackson’s.
The kicker? Howard’s mother is Miki Howard, an ’80s R&B singer who was managed by Joe Jackson. She used to go by the name “Billie.” Brandon was born in 1982, the same year the song “Billie Jean” was recorded. If the DNA test is credible it would mean that one of the most famous lyrics of the ’80s—”the kid is not my son”—was a lie; there was a Billie, there was a kid and he was indeed Michael’s son.