Jermaine Jackson No Longer Wants to Be a 'Jackson'; He's Legally Changing His Name
Is He That Disgusted With Sharing a Name With His Dysfunctional Family?
He has yet to comment on what exactly prompted the legal action, but Jackson family brother Jermaine has filed a legal request to change his last name, from Jackson to "Jacksun."
Jackson filed a petition for the name change with Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, TMZ.com reports. Jackson did not respond to TMZ's request for comment on the situation, but in the papers he filed, he said the name change was being requested for "artistic reasons."
A hearing has been scheduled in the matter, TMZ reports, but a judge has not yet approved the request.
If Jackson does become Jacksun, he will likely be required to make a public announcement of his new name -- having it printed in a local publication, for example -- to make it official, like basketball star Ron Artest did when he changed his name to Metta World Peace.
Back to Jackson's motivation for the change, "artistic reasons" seems odd, since he is currently touring with his brothers on a world tour, called -- wait for it -- The Unity Tour.
Despite that name, the brothers also continue to release music individually, and their private lives and family squabbles continue to make public headlines as they battle each other for control of the estate of their younger brother Michael.
So again, though going from "Jackson" to "Jacksun" is a pretty small change, it doesn't seem to be a small statement on Jermaine's part … he wants to set himself apart from the rest of his family.