Michael Jackson to keep Neverland

The star makes a deal with an investment group

Michael Jackson is to keep control of his Neverland estate in California.

As previously reported,

the self-styled “king of pop” was set to have his estate auctioned on March 19 due to unpaid arrears of $25m.

However, Jackson’s lawyer said the singer had worked out a “confidential” agreement with Fortress Investment Group, a private investment organisation.

Speaking to BBC News, a family friend, Matt Fiddes, said: “I know for a fact that he wasn’t going to lose it. It’s quite normal for anyone who’s a success to have a mortgage on their property, because they can get better rates for their money.”

Jackson hasn’t lived in Neverland since 2005, when he was acquitted on charges of child molestation.