Jermaine Jackson Is Now “Jermaine Jacksun”

For some reason, Jermaine Jackson changed his name, but only by one letter:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jermaine Jackson has a new, brighter surname — Jacksun.

A Los Angeles judge approved the change to singer’s name Friday.

The 58-year-old, who shared lead singing duties with his younger brother Michael in the Jackson 5, did not appear in court.

He sought the name change for “artistic reasons” and says it has nothing to do with a recent rift in his family over the care of Michael Jackson’s children and family matriarch Katherine Jackson.

His attorney Bret D. Lewis says Jacksun is in Europe performing with his brothers and told him that he was sure it was “a sunny day in California.”

So, there’s that.

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  1. grumpy realist says:

    Well, at least he didn’t change his name to *squiggle* like the Artist Formally Known as Prince did…

    I’m old-fashioned (grumpy) enough that I think people should stick to traditional spellings and please no made-up names….it just demonstrates the lack of intelligence/wit/knowledge of the average parent If you want an unusual name, go digging around in classical literature of your ethnic group, or in history, period.

  2. CSK says:

    Doesn’t his whole brand depend upon being known as a JackSON? This strikes me a bit like Clint Eastwood changing his name to Clint Westwood.

  3. al-Ameda says:

    If he really wanted to make a difference he would have changed his name to ‘Michael’ Jackson and adopted a couple of Russian children .

  4. josh says:

    He named his son “Jermajesty” …