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Deborah Jeanne "Debbie" Rowe (born December 6, 1958) is an ex-wife of the late pop singer, Michael Jackson, and the mother of two of his children. She currently lives in Palmdale, California.
Debbie Rowe Relationship with Michael Jackson
Rowe met Michael Jackson while working as a nurse in Dr. Arnold Klein's dermatology office, where Jackson was being treated for vitiligo.She recalled that after Jackson's divorce from Lisa Marie Presley in 1996, he was upset at the possibility that he might never become a father. Rowe, a longtime Jackson fan, proposed to bear his children.
Debbie Rowe Children and marriage
Michael Jackson with his three children (the two oldest were borne by Rowe), in Disneyland Resort Paris in 2006.It was announced she was pregnant in 1996, and the two were later married on November 14, 1996, in Sydney, Australia. It was her second marriage, her first being to Richard Edelman in 1988.
Three months after Rowe and Jackson's marriage she gave birth to son, Michael Jackson Jr. (born February 13, 1997), who was subsequently known as Prince.The next year she gave birth to daughter, Paris Katherine Jackson.(born April 3, 1998). Jackson took full responsibility for raising the children and did not tell them that Rowe was their mother.
Debbie Rowe Divorce
Rowe, who described herself as a private person and almost never gave interviews, was overwhelmed by the publicity that came with being married to Jackson.The couple divorced on October 8, 1999, with Rowe giving full custody rights of the children to Jackson. Rowe received an $8-million settlement, and a house in Beverly Hills, California. Court documents indicated she had signed a prenuptial agreement and therefore could not obtain an equal division of community property under California law.
In 2001, Rowe went to a private judge to have her parental rights for the two children terminated. In 2004, after Jackson was charged with 10 counts of child abuse, she went to court to have the decision reversed. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Rowe, who converted to Judaism from Catholicism, sought the reversal in part because she feared the nanny and some of Jackson's siblings were exposing the children to teachings of the Nation of Islam. 2005 court documents noted that “Because she is Jewish, Deborah feared the children might be mistreated if Michael continued the association.” On the stand, in the 2005 People v. Jackson case, she explained that she had been allowed limited visits to her children, for eight hours every 45 days.
In 2005, Rowe sold her Beverly Hills house for $1.3 million, and bought a ranch in Palmdale, California.In 2006, she sued Jackson for one immediate payment of $195,000 and one payment of $50,000 to pursue a child custody case.Jackson was ordered to pay her $60,000 in legal fees.
Debbie Rowe After Jackson's death
Following Jackson's death in June 25, 2009, Rowe made statements through her attorney to deny a series of gossip reports, including reports that she was not the children's biological mother. and that she was attempting to bargain her parental rights for money.She filed a lawsuit for defamation and invasion of privacy against a source who handed over alleged private e-mails.
In August Rowe reached a settlement with Katherine Jackson, the children's guardian, under which she has rights to supervised visitations. Mrs. Jackson's attorney stated that the negotiations were "never about money" and the settlement was in the bests interests of the children.
Debbie Rowe In popular culture
Rowe was portrayed by April Telek in the 2004 film Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story.