Michael Jackson is not the father of his two oldest kids, says their mom, Debbie Rowe. In an astonishing interview with Britain’s News of the World, Rowe, the mother of “Prince” Michael Joseph, 12, and Paris Michael Katherine, 11, said she was artificially inseminated by an anonymous donor. She went on to say that she DOESN’T want custody of the children after rumors surfaced that she was prepared to challenge Jackson’s mother for custody. “I know I will never see them again,” she said. “I don’t want these children in my life.”
Thirteen years ago Michael Jackson announced he was expecting his first child with Debbie, a receptionist at a Beverly Hills dermatology clinic where he frequently went for skin treatments and chemical peels. Speaking exclusively at her home Debbie said: “Michael was divorced, lonely and wanted children. I was the one who said to him, ‘I will have your babies. I offered him my womb – it was a gift. It was something I did to keep him happy.”
Debbie, 50-years-old, spoke from her ranch in California and revealed the strange, but true story behind her relationship with the King of Pop, who she married in 1996 and divorced three years later. It included details of how:
- Jackson never had sex with her throughout their marriage and parenthood;
- She offered to have babies for him after he told her that his first wife, Lisa Marie Presley, had refused to bear him any;
- The star arranged for a sham marriage to make them appear like a family;
“He started letting me into the treatment rooms, letting me help the doctor with him. He would come in three or four times a week. I started talking to him about his divorce from Lisa Marie. Michael said that he always wanted children, but she didn’t want children with him. I was comfortable with him. I offered him my womb. We were close enough that I knew I could offer him that, so I did. It was a gift.
“But after the second birth had so many problems, he knew I couldn’t have kids any more. He didn’t want anything to do with me. He took the kids. The settlement was written up, and he just wanted me to be quiet.”
Rowe said about her impregnation process: “I went to the ‘office’, which is what we called the medical clinic. They impregnated me. It’s just like I impregnate my mares for breeding. It was very technical. Just like I stick the sperm up my horse, this is what they did to me. I was his thoroughbred.”
While she was pregnant the first time, Jackson arranged for the couple to marry in a rushed ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Sydney in November 1996. At the time she was 37 and Jackson was 38. In an odd twist, his best man was an eight-year-old boy. Debbie went on to say how their family image was fake: “He wanted to pretend that we were a family. But we never lived together as a couple. We never had sex. He was on the road, doing his thing. He never wanted to live with me. That’s why he bought me a house. There was always ‘my house’ and ‘his house’, never ‘our house’. We would jump in bed together and read magazines and watch movies, with all the animals around us before the kids were involved. We used to hang out with each other. But that was his life. That’s Michael. That was what it was like.”
Second child Paris was conceived in the same ‘office’ through artificial insemination using an anonymous sperm donor, but the birth was difficult and Debbie ended up unable to have more children. She said: “The delivery was so hard. My insides were all torn up and I was barren. When he knew I couldn’t have any more babies he didn’t want anything to do with me.”
Already given a home in Beverly Hills, Debbie reportedly accepted a pay-off worth $7million over nine years, but in return she had to give up all custodial rights. Rowe told journalist Rebecca White that she does not want to seek custody of the children. She admitted: “I was never a good mother, I never felt any attachment to them. It was a better feeling giving them to him than it was keeping them as my own. I know I will never see them again. I was never cut out to be a mother – I was no good. I don’t want these children in my life. My children are my animals now.”
Since Jackson’s untimely passing, the focus has shifted to Jackson’s three children – Prince, Paris and seven-year-old Blanket – and who will be rewarded custody. The main battle could center on Jackson’s mother Katherine, who is now 80, and his children’s long-serving nanny, 42-year-old Grace Rwaramba. A family friend said: “Katherine wants the kids. But Michael always said he wanted Grace to have them if something happened to him.” Grace has worked for Jackson for nearly two decades, after starting as an office assistant.