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Michael Jackson demands a UK Neverland

Michael Jackson wants the British house he is staying in for his UK tour to be turned into a replica of his Neverland ranch in the USA.

entertainment Updated: Jun 08, 2009 17:38 IST

The Thriller singer, who is due to start his 50-night residency at London's O2 arena on July 13 - has ordered AEG, the promoters of his forthcoming UK shows, to transform the British home he is renting into a replica of his former US estate.

Jackson reportedly wants a funfair and bowling alley installed in the grounds of the historic Foxbury Manor, Kent, as he is pining for the Californian home he was forced to sell.

A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Michael is quite particular. He's missed living in Neverland since debts forced him to get rid of it four years ago. He thinks he can recreate a bit of its magic in Kent and concert bosses are happy to indulge him. He loves bowling, so has insisted an alley be created and he's never lost his love of funfairs, so has demanded one be built in the grounds."

The 50-year-old star is also keen to make the Kent mansion child-friendly as he is bringing his three children on tour with him. Neverland - which Jackson lived in until 2005 - was housed on a 2,700-acre plot and had a zoo and cinema as well as a funfair.

Last month, it was revealed Michael - who is rumoured to be battling skin cancer - would kick off his concert run on July 13, five days later than originally planned.

First Published: Jun 08, 2009 17:13 IST