DNA tests have proven that Jamaican singer Fabian Gong Kid Marley is not the son of late reggae legend Bob Marley, as he has been claiming for years.
A statement issued yesterday by Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd, a company founded by Marley’s widow and children, said the test conclusively demonstrated the identity of Fabian’s real father.
“The DNA tests show with scientific certainty that Fabian Marley is not the half-brother of either Rohan Marley, Stephen Marley or Robert N. Marley. In addition, similar DNA tests show the probability of Fabian Marley being the son of Othneil Stanford is 99.99 per cent,” said Dr Karl A. Reich, scientific director of the Illinois-based Independent Forensics DNA Testing & Technologies.
The Marley clan has repeatedly maintained that Fabian was an imposter who was trying to advance his music career.
The family said that, for several years, the 47-year-old declined to take a test at an accredited DNA laboratory, but his manager Clayton Thomas finally convinced him to do it late last year.
“The Marley family is pleased to finally have this matter behind us. We have said repeatedly that this man who calls himself Fabian is not the son of Bob Marley. The tests now prove we were correct. We hope he can finally accept the truth of his own true heritage,” a spokesperson for the Marley family stated.
Fabian’s family has distanced themselves from his claims.
His mother Raphie Munroe said she never told him that he was Marley’s son and his claims were “crazy talk”, according to the Marley statement.
“I don’t know how he came up with this, but it is not true. It never happened. I don’t know where he got this from, but no one in the family ever said this even once,” Munroe was quoted as saying.
Fabian’s eldest sister Sandra Stanford Walker added that her brother was troubled and “we want to put an end to his lies”.
In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Fabian’s manager said his client was not taking the DNA results well.
“He’s in some form of denial,” Thomas said.
He told the newspaper that Fabian intended to keep the surname and would continue in the direction of “continuing the work of Bob Marley”.
“His career is based on music, not his last name. An album is already recorded. On his legal documents, it says Marley . . . . But he cannot say he’s the son of Bob Marley,” Thomas said.