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Thursday, 6 February, 2003, 13:50 GMT
Mother wants son to stay with Jackson
Gaynor and Alex Morgan
Gaynor: "Jackson was impressive in TV documentary"
A mother says she will send her 10-year-old son to stay with Michael Jackson, despite his controversial television interview.

Jackson has been criticised after admitting that he still shared his bedroom with children.

But Gaynor Morgan, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, said she was happy for her son Alex to visit the pop star's Neverland ranch.

Ms Morgan, 28, said she had been "impressed" with the way Jackson came across on the ITV documentary, Living With Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson with his son on a hotel balcony
I would not have a problem with Alex staying at Michael's ranch

Gaynor Morgan
She said she had spoken to her friend, the singer Johnny Mathis, who said Jackson "was a good, loving person".

The daughter of former Manchester United and Scotland footballer Willie Morgan added: "That was good enough for me. I am planning on taking my son there later in the year.

"I would not have a problem with Alex staying at Michael's ranch," she told the Daily Express.

"I was so outraged by people's immediate insinuations about children after the interview with Jackson, and so impressed by how he had come across that I said I would love to meet him."

Following the documentary, which was broadcast in the UK on Monday, Ms Morgan contacted Mr Mathis and asked him to arrange a trip to Neverland for her son.

Caused outrage

She said she had received a number of calls from children's charities she had worked with in the past, thanking her for speaking out in his favour.

She added: "It is all yet to be arranged but I'm hoping to go over later this year. Whenever Michael is free, I'm free."

Jackson, 44, caused outrage when he admitted a 12-year-old boy regularly stayed at his mansion and slept in his bed

He said: "It's very loving. What's wrong with sharing a love?"

The documentary is set to be shown in America on Thursday night.


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