Michael Jackson: UPI Photo/Stephen Osman/POOL/NewsCom
Gary Susman
July 21, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Michael Jackson is denying reports that there will soon be a lot more children in his household. The National Enquirer and Us Weekly are both reporting that Jackson is soon to be the father of quadruplets. Us cites sources close to the singer as saying that he’s using an unnamed surrogate mother, who’s already pregnant, and whom he recently visited in Miami Beach, putting himself up at a $4,000-per-night hotel suite. Jackson spokeswoman Raymone Bain initially declined to confirm or deny the reports, telling Us: ”We do not respond to these kinds of stories.” However, on Tuesday, she told Reuters: ”This is not true, and we are not going to further comment on stories of this nature.” A terse statement at Jackson’s website, MJJsource, said: ”MJJsource denies the validity of this report.”

Jackson is no stranger to the use of surrogates. He has said that his youngest child, 2-year-old Prince Michael II (a.k.a. ”Blanket”), was born to a surrogate mother, whose name the singer has never revealed. Jackson’s two older children, 7-year-old Prince Michael I and 6-year-old daughter Paris, were born to the singer’s second wife, dermatology nurse Debbie Rowe, to whom he was married from 1996 to 1999. Earlier this year, Vanity Fair reported that Rowe, too, was a surrogate mother, not the children’s biological mother.

If Jackson, 45, were going to be a dad again, his impending fatherhood would come at a time when he’s facing charges of molesting a boy, charges he has denied. On Monday, in the latest development in the case, Jackson’s defense team asked an appeals court to maintain the secrecy surrounding currently sealed information regarding the case, arguing that disclosure would not serve First Amendment interests so much as it would serve voyeuristic interest in a superstar scandal. Jackson’s trial is tentatively set for Sept. 13.

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