According to this ‘news’ report, which is circulating via social media, DNA testing has confirmed that Michael Jackson is the biological father of American singer Bruno Mars.
Supposedly, Bruno’s publicist Vladimir Kershov leaked the private information and was subsequently fired for his actions. But, claims the article, Bruno’s new publicist has nevertheless confirmed that Michael Jackson is indeed Bruno’s father.
However, the claims in the story are untrue. No such private information was leaked and there are no credible reports that support the claims.
The bogus story comes from the fake-news website Empire News. Empire News considers itself satirical. The site includes the following disclaimer:
Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.
But, alas, because the site presents its fictional stories in news format, many readers tend to believe them and share them accordingly.
Given the number of fake-news ‘satire’ websites that have sprung up in recent years, it is a good idea to verify any ‘news’ stories that come your way before you share them. Searching a news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating story is true.
DNA Results Confirm Michael Jackson Is Biological Father Of Bruno Mars
NEW YORK, New York – DNA Results Confirm Michael Jackson Is Biological Father Of Bruno Mars
Vladimir Kershov, publicist of R&B singer Bruno Mars, has been fired today after he revealed a shocking secret regarding the pop and R&B singer. Kershov leaked private information that revealed that Michael Jackson is Mars’ biological father.