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Superfan who changed his name in tribute to Michael Jackson now wants to change it back

Tom Beasley
Pop star Michael Jackson shakes someones hand on the red carpet during the RainbowPUSH Coalition Los Angeles 10th annual awards dinner celebrating Jesse Jackson’s 66th birthday, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 in Los Angeles.. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

A Michael Jackson superfan who changed his name as a tribute to his idol is now raising money to reverse the decision in the wake of the Leaving Neverland documentary.

John Lomas legally changed his name to John Michael Jackson in 2015 in recognition of his love for the Thriller singer.

The 38-year-old father of three, from Malvern in the West Midlands, has now revealed he is seeking to change his name back with the help of a crowdfunding scheme.

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A GoFundMe page with a £120 goal has been set up in order to help John remove the pop singer’s name from his own.

In the page’s description, he writes: “I used to be a fan of Michael Jackson and, having Asperger’s, I do tend to have special interests in certain things. I made the unwise decision to change my name back in 2015. 

“Given the new evidence that’s come to light on the TV and media recently, I no longer wish to carry this name with me.”

Michael Jackson fans stage a protest outside the headquarters of Channel 4 on Horseferry Road, London, ahead of the airing of the documentary Leaving Neverland. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)

The two-part documentary Leaving Neverland, which recently aired on HBO in the USA and on Channel 4 in the UK, featured two men who alleged they were victims of child sexual abuse carried out by Jackson.

Fallout from the documentary has led to renewed scrutiny of the singer, who died in 2009 at the age of 50 – just weeks before the start of his farewell tour.

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John added: “Wanting to work in care, [the name] will cause me problems in my near future.

Director Dan Reed speaks onstage during the ‘Leaving Neverland’ Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Egyptian Theatre on January 25, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

“I have spoken to solicitors who advise me that reversing my change of name deed is not possible and I will have to pay £120 to change my name back. This, I can’t afford.

“I know it’s a big ask, but I can’t live comfortably carrying this name any more. I would appreciate any help anyone could give me.”

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Members of Jackson’s family have spoken out against Leaving Neverland, with his estate tweeting concert footage during the documentary’s initial airing.