michael jackson neverland ranch
by Michael dEstries
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Taking a break between Lady Gaga stories that involve her continued use of fur, here’s an interesting tidbit regarding the fate of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

According to The Sun (so take this with a grain of salt), the “Bad Romance” singer is apparently a gigantic fan of the late pop star; recently scooping up 55 of his personal items at auction.

A source says her admiration for MJ runs so deep, that she’s interested in returning the 3,000 acre Neverland Ranch to its former glory.

“Lady Gaga is obsessed with Michael. She’s become good friends with his sister La Toya and would love more than anything else to restore Neverland to its original state,” the source told The Sun. “His kids are all desperate to hold on to their childhood home so they can decide what they want to do with it properly when they’ve grown up.”

They added: “Gaga would love to help with the financial costs by buying a share.”

Back in March of 2011, Colony Capital’s Tom Barrack, whose firm owns part of the rights to the property, said the ranch was in the process of being rehabilitated.

“Our plans have been to work to restore it to its original greatness,” he told Bloomberg TV. “The place is amazing. It has not only the beautiful spirit and softness of Michael, but a legacy of a thousand years of Indian culture that had transacted upon it. We have just been restoring it, renovating it.”

Barrack added that they are waiting for Michael Jackson’s estate to decide the future of the property. A Daily Mail report from 2010 quoted a source as saying that Jackson’s two oldest children – Prince Michael and Paris – were interested in turning Neverland into a shrine to their father; as well as a community park and sanctuary for animals.

That last part was something PETA was definitely interested in helping realize; urging Jackson’s kids in a letter to make it happen.

“We are writing because it has come to our attention that you hope to one day turn your father’s Neverland Ranch into a community park and center for animals,” wrote PETA rep Michelle Cho. “We encourage you to call for this vast refuge to be turned into a true wildlife sanctuary where animals can be properly taken care of instead of a zoo, where people are encouraged to gawk at imprisoned animals in the name of profit.”

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • MarkRBentley

    As Jackson’s highly profitable Estate retains some 87% ownership, and the costs of running Neverland are a tiny fraction of what they were when it had an accredited Zoo, amusement park, and staff running at full bore, it’s unlikely Jackson’s children feel any great pressure to do anything right away. And nice as (the rumors say) Gaga’s intentions are, her financial help would hardly be needed to rehabilitate the property. Strict zoning and the beautiful private nature of the area are what have to be considered, in addition to its importance to Jackson’s legacy, when it comes to its future.