The 58-tear-old singer and brother of Michael and Janet Jackson first filed a petition for the name change in Los Angeles Superior Court in November 2012. The new name was approved on Wednesday after a hearing. Jacksun, who unofficially took the name Mohammad Abdul Aziz upon his 1989 conversion to Islam, said in November that he was making the new change for “artistic reasons.”
“If Prince and P Diddy can do it, why can’t and shouldn’t Jermaine?” Jacksun’s attorney, Bret D. Lewis, said at the time the petition was filed. Jacksun is currently on tour in Europe with Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson, and did not attend the hearing.