Singer's pal says he enjoyed a bit of batter and a few fries

Michael Jackson regularly got stuck into traditional British grub, according to his close friend Mark Lester.

The former child actor, who starred in Oliver!, insists the singer was more normal than people realise.

Michael loved fish and chips and mushy peas with lots of ketchup,’ Mark told the Daily Mail recently.

‘Wherever we were, whatever restaurant, he’d have to have fish and chips.

‘Everyone imagines he’d have some kind of weird macrobiotic diet, but he wasn’t like that.’

Mark now claims he secretly donated sperm to Michael and believes Paris Jackson is his biological daughter.

Anna Brinck-Johnsen