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Why Jermaine is now Jacksun, not Jackson

The singer has said his official pseudonym is inspired by his love for the sun

Image Credit: Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP
FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo, Jermaine Jackson performs with The Jacksons on their Unity Tour 2012 at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN. Court records in Los Angeles show Jackson filed a petition on Nov. 6, 2012 to change his famous last name to Jacksun, citing only "artistic reasons." (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File)

Michael Jackson’s older brother Jermaine explained on Monday he had registered the name “Jacksun” as an official pseudonym because he loves the sun — but that his legal name remained unchanged.

“I didn’t change my name,” Jackson told a press conference in Paris when asked about reports he petitioned a US court last week to let him tweak the spelling of his famous surname to “Jermaine Jacksun”.

“I just changed one letter because I love the sun. The sound is the same,” he explained, based on a French translation of his comments.

“It is still ‘Jackson’, it is just J-a-c-k-s-u-n, but that’s for me personally”, he added in English, saying he had had the pseudonym registered with a lawyer.

“In the business my last name will always remain J-a-c-k-s-o-n.”

Jermaine Jackson also confirmed he is to perform in a musical in Paris on January 21, 27 and 28, based on his new book about the late King of Pop, dubbed ‘You Are Not Alone’.

In it he will perform songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and the Jackson Five, alongside the French baritone singer David Serero.