Theory: Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson are Michael Jackson's real parents

A friend sent me this thread and I'm now a 100% believer. It all fits too perfectly and seeing the close ups of a younger pre-op MJ next to both Diana & Smokey vs Joe & Katherine is uncanny. It explains a lot of his issues with identity and women, the source of his ungodly musical talent, why Joe always seemed to dislike/resent him, and why he always seemed like an awkward only child despite supposedly having a bunch of siblings. The reason so few would've picked up on the obvious body and facial structure differences throughout his childhood could be explained by shittier quality tv picture and the fact that he grew up through the 60s and 70s, a time when the country was obviously more racist and for many people during the period I'd bet "all black men look the same." I wonder if this ever gets broken officially. If true it'd have to be one of the biggest and best personally kept secrets in the music industry, a clear tier above Courtney obviously killing Cobain. 


I am convinced that Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson are Michael Jackson's actual parents. (All credit to YouTube channel An American Scheme) That's why he was the talent in the Jackson family and why there were rumors that he was Evan Ross's father (they both look like Diana). Smokey would've been 18 and Diana 14 years old when Michael was born so Berry Gordy arranged to have the kid given to his old boxing buddy and fellow musician from Chicago, Joe Jackson, who he would fund leading to the formation of the Jackson 5. Joe had a big family where Michael would get everything he needs while training him to be an entertainer and Motown could protect their image by taking the child out of the picture.

It turns out the kid is a talent and as we all know the Jackson 5 make it to Motown, but even before that there were several documented instances of Diana Ross in Gary, Indiana such as at the school talent show where the Jackson 5 performed. She has said multiple times on live television that Michael is her baby/child, says she's doing it all for him, and joked about him playing her son in a future movie. She has also said publicly she was in love with Smokey Robinson growing up, living on the same street as him in Detroit, which is odd because he had a girlfriend during that time who he later married. Diana also changed high schools around the time Michael was conceived (when she would have gotten pregnant). She was going to Cass-Tech to study home economics and Smokey also enrolled in an engineering college around this time, because they were soon to be parents and Motown hadn't broke big yet. A decade later the Jackson 5 auditioned for Motown in Detroit, then did a second performance at a Motown get-together at Berry's house, and Michael has stated that at that point Diana told them she wanted to take special interest in their career.

There's a movie called Double Platinum which stars Diana Ross and is about how she gave up her kid for her career and later reveals to the kid she's her mother when she sees that the kid has talent, then goes on to help her with her career which would parallel the real life story with Michael. Her daughter in the movie also wears a dress while performing that has the same sparkling blue design as the shirt Michael wore during his performance of Billie Jean at Motown 25, when he did the famous moonwalk and spin, and Diana wore an identical shirt when she performed with Michael throughout the 80's. It's written by Michael in his autobiography Moonwalk that he and the Jacksons lived with Diana Ross in Hollywood Hills when the Jackson 5 first signed to Motown and moved to LA, and her and Michael used to go out almost every day, just the two of them. This would have been when Diana Ross revealed to Michael she's his mom, he would've been about 10 years old and that's why he became quiet and shy from then on. (This wouldn't be her only time doing this, when she had a daughter with Berry Gordy she didn't tell her who her father was until she was 13.) Smokey Robinson also stated when he was leaving the Larry King interview shortly after Michael passed away that one of his fondest memories of Michael was when he used to go golfing at around 10 or 11 years old with him and Bobby Taylor, who is said to have discovered the Jackson 5 even though their first album at Motown was presented by Diana Ross.

This was also what Michael meant in the song Billie Jean when "this happened much too soon, she called me to her room". Diana was the one who said "I am the one, but the kid is not my son". She meant I am your mother but you're not my son, you're a Jackson now. Diana Ross is Billie Jean (Diana plays althe singer Billie Holiday in 'Lady Sings the Blues' which came out a few years before 'The Wiz' with MJ). This is also what the song Dirty Diana is about, it's about Diana Ross the groupie who seduces Smokey Robinson, who she grew up on the same street as, conceiving Michael. Then there's the song Who Is It which is about a mystery person who abandoned Michael, and in the music video he holds a card that says 'Diana'. The song Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' also talks about how "if you can't feed your baby, then don't have a baby" and again refers to the mystery Billie Jean character. He references Ain't No Mountain High Enough in the song Leave Me Alone and says "Don't you come walkin' beggin' back, mama". He also references Ain't No Mountain High Enough in the songs Baby Be Mine, Speechless, and Keep The Faith. This is all also why you see a weird sexual dynamic between Michael Jackson and Diana Ross but you will never actually see a picture or video of them making out.

Recently a video surfaced of Diana Ross singing You Are Not Alone to Katherine Jackson; just like how she probably used to sing Ain't No Mountain High Enough to Michael when he was living with her. This is seen in the aforementioned movie Double Platinum as well, Diana sings her lost daughter to sleep with a famous song. And in TMZ's video "The Last Time We Saw Joe Jackson" an old senile Joe says "I raised Michael, he's my son and Quincy Jones knows better. I don't talk about it, no way." He's defending the supposed fact that Michael is his son for a seemingly unknown reason, and even in past interviews he always emphasized "he's a JACKSON". During the week following Michael's untimely death, Joe when interviewed said he was doing great and the family was doing "pretty well" as he took the opportunity to promote his new record label, meanwhile Smokey Robinson went on the Larry King show and did an interview about what an amazing artist Michael Jackson was.

This theory explains why Michael not only looks like Diana Ross and has the same features and eyes as her

, but also explains why his facial structure looks like Smokey's & their profiles and ears are completely identical, and why he was a musical prodigy who had the stage presence and songwriting abilities of his real parents (Diana, Smokey & Michael are the only three musicians besides the Beatles who have two stars each on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - one for being a member of their original groups and one to celebrate their success as a solo artist), as well as having a very soft voice which both Smokey and Diana (and Evan Ross!) have in common. Here you can see how much different his eyes looked from his brothers and how much they look like Ross eyes. Now you can see why his personality developed the way it did. It's why he acted like an orphan and called himself Peter Pan and built Neverland to help disadvantaged kids, why he isolated himself from his family and could never manage to have a normal relationship with women. It absolutely explains why he had such a severe identity crisis, and why he said he had no childhood since they were working him from the ripe age of 5 when he first showed the talent. And it explains why Diana Ross is second to Katherine Jackson in his will regarding who would take care of his children, and why Joe Jackson has been known to dislike Diana Ross. At Michael Jackson's public memorial the first person that comes out is Smokey Robinson reading a letter from Diana Ross, who writes that she's mourning so hard that she cannot attend the memorial and that Michael was "part of the fabric of her life". When Smokey speaks about MJ later he calls him his little brother, which would imply blood relative. In the movie Hitsville USA: The Making of Motown, Berry Gordy jokes with Smokey about how some of the babies that the groupies were having were Smokey's and that when he first saw the Jackson 5 perform Who's Lovin' You, Michael reminded him of a little Smokey. Also, the movie An American Dream was about the Jackson 5 and would've been propaganda to reinforce the coverup story.

So, it wasn't that Michael was ever trying to look like Diana Ross like people thought, he was actually displaying features and mannerisms that he INHERITED from her. Pay attention to one of the clips below where she said he has the same features, skin tone, and bone structure as her. Now you might say well Janet looks a lot like MJ, but growing up in his shadow she adopted many of his mannerisms and used makeup and plastic surgery to replicate his appearance (like Latoya did) but their vanity was merely deception. Joe and Berry branded and marketed the Jacksons a certain way to make Michael seem related, such as with the matching outfits and afros, but if you look at their features it's clear the only similarity to Michael is the way they smile (a learned trait) and their facial expressions (a phenomenon known as attunement) Michael has much more defined features and is rail thin like Diana Ross, and his nose and chin match Smokey's. Now it's clear why Joe told him he had a fat nose and singled him out so much with the abuse.

Michael Jackson does a photoshoot with Katherine, Joe, Diana, and Smokey

Diana Ross calls Michael Jackson her child, says she's doing it all for him (skip to 15:56)

Diana Ross jokes about Michael Jackson playing her son in a movie (notice how the intro downplays her role in starting his career, this is an important part of the coverup)

Diana Ross confesses her relationship with Smokey Robinson, which would have been when Michael was conceived and when Smokey was dating Claudette (skip to 8:40)

Diana Ross jokes about her and Michael Jackson having the same facial features and bone structure, "he could be part of my family"

Diana Ross calls Michael Jackson her baby

Smokey Robinson recounts how Michael Jackson used to go golfing with him and Bobby Taylor as a kid

Evan Ross says Michael Jackson was like a brother to him and that Diana was a mother figure to Michael

Joe Jackson, out of context, defends the fact that Michael is his son when confronted by paparazzi 

(This video has been removed by TMZ, but you can find it here at 17:30)

Smokey Robinson reads Diana Ross's letter at the beginning of Michael Jackson's memorial

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Comments (15)

May 14, 2022 - 10:19am
K-Peezy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Unlike the lead singer of Hole getting her husband to put his body in a different hole six feet down, at least this theory is pleasantly intriguing. I'd be more curious about why the secrecy, and frankly, conspiracy, about disowning the king of pop as your own? What had to have been going on that we don't know about for that to be worth it?

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May 14, 2022 - 10:29am
PrivateTechquity 🚀GME🚀, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Well for 1, it would mean Smokey statutory raped a child, got her pregnant, and hid it for decades in order to maintain his image. Shitty, but not unusual for the time if you look at the groupies for just about any major rock/hip-hop/pop star in the same period. Diana was a rising talent herself and a child pregnancy could've completely derailed her career, this way she was able to guide Michael's career from a distance while just looking like an interested party who discovered a talent, maintaining both her and Michael's meteoric rise and optical purity as a child stars. After so many years his fame would completely eclipse both of them but the lie would have been going on for so long to walk it back could threaten both his and their reputation in a much stuffier, less accepting time. Narrative is everything and record labels know this, so perhaps they're the ones who pushed it and had it all drafted into some sort of NDA or other legal document. 


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May 14, 2022 - 11:00am
K-Peezy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

To your point about it going on for so long: after it does go on for long enough and they're both so well established she could've come out and said that it was a horrible secret she had to carry for so long, but here's why, and just own it. Basically, flip it from her being an adversary to being a victim (which many might argue she was).

The the second point about the record companies pulling strings in the background: that I would definitely buy for a dollar. 

All in all, still a crazy story if true and more proof that fact is stranger than fiction sometimes.

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May 15, 2022 - 9:07am
BigKahunaBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Because who gives a shit about who Jackos parents were? What actually changes if that story is true? Literally nothing at all.

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May 17, 2022 - 8:14pm
bawstin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Holy shit!! Thanks for bringing this to light bro. I'm 99% convinced, now we need the more prominent outlets to push this story (starting with Nat Enquirer, Daily Mail, etc)

May 19, 2022 - 10:19pm
Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

finally an interesting thread

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May 20, 2022 - 12:07am
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