Michael Jackson is alive and planning a new UK tour, bizarrely claim a selection of his closest pals and collaborators.
The King Of Pop – whose family is currently disputing multiple child abuse accusations against him – could be in hiding and hoping to return to the music scene one day, according to his former stylist, Steve Erhardt.
Addressing the growing group of “believers,” who think Michael didn’t actually die on June 25, 2009, Steve teased that they might just be onto something.
“You heard it here first, an announcement of sorts,” he wrote on social media. “And in a couple of months, or latest at the end of the year, you will be receiving some very good news.
“It’s almost unbelievable. And not even the family knows… but I do.”
While Ernhardt never disclosed what the news would be, he further fuelled rumours in June last year, as he shared a very mysterious picture on social media.
Snapping the leg of a man who sported Jack’s famous white socks and baggy black trousers, he wrote: “In a recording studio, somewhere in the world, in an undisclosed location”.
Sending fans into a frenzy, he cryptically signed off: “He’s coming soon”.
However, despite Steve’s promises, there has still been no revival.
Steve isn’t the only person close to Michael to trigger an outlandish theory, as producer Teddy Riley, who worked with him on the Dangerous album, shockingly admitted he also wouldn’t rule out conspiracy theories suggesting Michael was still alive.
In 2010, a year after reports of his passing, he tweeted: “If people can think Elvis is still alive why the F#*@ I cant [sic] think Michael is still alive.”
Teddy’s comments came just one day after a fan tweeted him to fill him in on a theory proposed by rapper Akon.
“Akon said he believes Michael is in hiding and will be coming back one day. Im curious to know what ya think bout that,” they wrote, triggering the producer’s surprising response.
“Akon is my friend and we think alike,” he added at the time.
Producer Akon also is said to have had a close relationship with Michael Jackson, even releasing a tribute song entitled Cry Out Of Joy after his passing.
While MJ was alive, Akon also recorded a mix of Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ for the 25th anniversary release of his album, Thriller.
When Michael Jackson’s death was announced in 2009, several people were so grief stricken that they refused to accept that he was really dead.
However, shutting down any mad theories, authorities officially confirmed at the time that he had tragically passed away in LA after suffering a heart attack.
Further proving that the star’s death was real, personal doctor Conrad Murray went on to be convicted of involuntary manslaughter.