by Rachel Ogbu
Jermaine Jackson probably in a moment of clarification has filed a request to legally change his last name from “Jackson” for “Jacksun.”
The 57-year-old brother of the late Prince of Pop Michael lodged legal papers earlier this week at the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
In the document, Jermaine says he wants to make the change for “artistic reasons” … but he does not give any further details about the move and if it is successful then his passport, bank cards and other documents will boast the new moniker.
The request is still pending approval from a judge — but a hearing has been scheduled.
Barring any crazy legal situations, Jermaine will be required to have his name change announced publicly several times in the next couple of months before it can be made official. A public announcement consists of having the name printed in a local publication.
Jermaine became famous as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1968, before splitting the band to strike out on his own in 1975.
He recently released his new album of classic jazz songs I Wish You Love and is currently performing in Europe as part of The Jackson’s Unity Tour with his brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito.
It remains unclear whether the outfit will change their name to ‘The Jacksons and Jacksun’ in light of the change.
The band have been performing all of their biggest hits including ‘ABC’, ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘I’ll Be There’ as part of the remembrance tour for their late younger brother Michael, who died in 2009.
Jermaine has also been performing some of his solo music during the tour.