Matt Fiddes, who is about to embark on a legal challenge for visitation rights to Jackson’s youngest son Blanket – claiming he’s the boy’s biological dad, insists his late friend was in love with Houston and never recovered after the famous pair split following a secret tryst at Neverland.

“This affair will end all the myths that Michael was some kind of child molester. He was a straight man,” the martial arts master from Devon, has told The Sun newspaper.

“One of the many stories that has never been told about Michael is that he had an ultra-secret affair with Whitney Houston that he never got over. He was furious when he heard she had also slept with (brother) Jermaine but this didn’t stop him holding a candle for her his whole life,” Fiddes claims.

Fiddes tells the publication Jackson and Houston met in 1991, when both were at the height of their careers.

“They instantly connected as kindred spirits because they understood each other’s massive fame. Whitney practically moved in to Michael’s ranch and they had a fling like any other young couple. But Michael said later he had always hoped the relationship had gone further, and I know he dreamed of marrying her,” Fiddes said.

Fiddes claims the romance lasted just two weeks and came a year before Houston wed Bobby Brown.