By Christina Wood
A mum-of-two claims her six-year-old is Michael Jackson’s youngest fan after he dressed as the superstar EVERY DAY for a year – but she’s not got the heart to tell him his hero is dead.
Michaela Gibbons said her son William’s obsession started when he watched the music video Thriller for the first time when he was just two years old and since then his love for the legend has grown.
Hilarious footage shows the youngster dance to Billie Jean while dressed as the pop icon – complete with pelvic thrusts, one glove and a hat so low on his face that the poor child is barely able to see.
However, the 36-year-old mum admits she couldn’t bring herself to tell the six-year-old that his hero died way back in 2009 and even when another child broke the bad news to him, William ‘refused to believe it’ – even believing a tribute act he saw was the real Michael.
As well as dressing as the singer, little William watched the concert documentary This Is It every day for six months when he was just four years old.
Michaela, from Blackley, in Manchester, said: “[When he was two] I put the music channel on and Thriller came on and he kept mithering for it to come back on. He had only seen one video and he was obsessed.
“When he was three or four he wore the outfits every day for a year. He wears them nearly every day now but can’t wear them all the time because of school.
“He knows all of the songs off by heart. I don’t know why he likes him but it’s just catchy and the music videos are catchy.
“I was chuffed because I like that sort of music but I didn’t have the heart to tell him he was dead. He got so into his music and I couldn’t break it to him.
“In the end, my friend’s daughter told him [Michael was dead]. When he was told he just didn’t believe it and said, ‘he’s not really dead because he comes back’.
“He hasn’t mentioned it since. I couldn’t break it to him. He still thinks he’s alive. He doesn’t think it is true.
“We have taken him to tribute concerts and he thought it was really him. We go every year.
“He loves him and he loves how he dances. He is his youngest fan.”
The youngster has been taken to see the Thriller musical and owns several DVDs including This Is It and Moonwalker.
Michaela said: “When he was four he watched This Is It nearly every day for about six months. It’s better than what most four-year-olds are watching.
“He’s got the outfits for Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Thriller and Man in the Mirror. He got really into him and would look for new outfits on his phone. His ringtone is Bad.
“William is so shy but he does dance routines for us at home. He won’t do the dance for anyone else but he does talk a lot about him and now some of his friends like him too.”