Was Omer a no show because the lure of the chance of seeing his idol was stronger than his desire to perform at an out of the way retail centre?
How Jackson and Omer’s paths crossed was fortuitous for both of them.
Jackson chose the distinctive How curious that Jackson just so happened have this shirt with him in Tunisia in Omer’s size.
As it happened, Omer was at the hotel on that day early in October hoping to catch a glimpse of Jackson – he was dressed as his idol and had diligently worked his way through the crowd so he could be at the front. – Jackson interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Of course, Omer wasn’t the only boy that Jackson had his bodyguards pluck off the street during the HIStory tour.
When Jackson finally arrived at the hotel, the crowd waiting for him surged forward and there was a danger that Omer would be crushed. While in Perth, as he was perusing movies in a video store, Jackson spied eight year old Ash Denton rollerblading on Scarborough Beach Road, and liking what he saw, asked his bodyguards to invite him into the store.
Jackson spotted he was in peril and instructed his bodyguards to scoop up the hapless young lad to save him from the mass of people wanting to get to Jackson. And I get on my knees, and I thank God whenever it happens. What followed after that meeting can only be described as steps in the grooming process with Ash and his parents.
He had divorced Lisa Marie Presley a few months earlier, and Deborah Rowe, his soon to be second wife, was pregnant with their first son Prince.
Here was a man who was soon to have a lot of new responsibilities and, I would have thought, not much time for new relationships. Omer Bhatti, the son of Humayoun, originally from Pakistan who was then 41, and Helga, a native of Norway who was then 42, (they later changed their names), was a short for his age 12 year old who loved everything Jackson – the music, the dancing, and especially the man.