It is shocking how Michael Jackson brought up children in an 'Unbalanced Family', and encouraged the children to make statements like "I don't have a mother".
Where is the world leading to with Fatherless children, motherless children and parentless society?
Debbie Rowe emerges from hiding to stake custody claim for 'my flesh and blood' Prince Michael and Paris
04th July 2009
Michael Jackson's ex-wife said last night that she would fight for custody of their two children.
Debbie Rowe, who insists she is the biological mother of the singer's two eldest children, broke her silence since Jackson's death in a late-night phone call with a local news reporter.
She was quoted as saying to NBC TV reporter Chuck Henry: 'They are my flesh and blood. I'm going after my children.'
Ms Rowe, who was seen for the first time yesterday out riding at her Californian ranch, had eight years ago said she'd given up her rights as their mother and said she had not earned the title ‘parent’.
But it appears she has had a change of heart and is joining the custody battle over the children.
Ms Rowe is the mother of Prince Michael, 12 and Paris, 11, and has also said she would be willing to carry out a DNA test to prove she is their biological mother.
Rowe reportedly said she would be open to raising Jackson's youngest child Blanket, seven.
Her decision to fight for the children came as it was confirmed a custody hearing set for Monday has been postponed until July 13 at the request of the Rowe camp.
However her lawyer said today that Ms Rowe had not come to a final decision over what to do about custody.
Eric George said she was still considering her options but did not challenge the accuracy of the NBC report.
Mr George told reporters: 'I'm representing to you now, unequivocally, Debbie has not reached a final decision concerning the pending custody proceedings.'
He added: 'Though Debbie herself has not spoken publicly about the custody proceedings since Michael's death, I came to learn this morning that she shared some of her thoughts late last night with a local reporter.
'I have no reason to doubt that what was reported from that conversation was accurately and ethically reported.
'But that said, it would be a distortion of the truth to allow that single snapshot from a single conversation to stand in the truth of Debbie's position on these sensitive matters.
'So once again, the truth is that Debbie has not reached a final decision concerning the pending custody proceedings.'
The developments come as details emerged of how the singer's trust is to be broken down. His mother Katherine is to get 40 per cent of the assets and his three children a further 40 per cent.
The remaining 20 per cent it to be divided up among several children's charities.
Ms Rowe also told NBC’s Los Angeles website she would submit to psychological testing and seek a restraining order to keep the singer’s father, Joe Jackson, away from the youngsters.
The former nurse, who lives on a horse farm in Palmdale, California, agreed to give Jackson sole custody of their children in 1999 and filed a petition two years later to give up her parental rights completely.
‘These are his children,’ she testified in court. ‘I had the children for him. They wouldn’t be on this planet if it wasn’t for my love for him.
‘I did it for him to become a father, not for me to become a mother. You earn the title “parent”. I have done absolutely nothing to earn that title.’
An appeals court hearing later ruled there was an error in the petition, but Jackson and Miss Rowe settled out of court in 2006.
Miss Rowe told NBC’s Los Angeles website she decided she had to seek custody following news of the singer’s death last week.
‘I am stepping up,’ she said. ‘I have to.’
A 2002 will written by Jackson deliberately omitted Miss Rowe from receiving any inheritance and requested that his mother, Katherine, be named guardian.
In the event of her death or inability to take on the role he asked that singer Diana Ross, one of his close friends, be appointed instead.
Mrs Jackson, 79, has been made the temporary guardian.
It is no surprise that Jackson did not suggest Miss Rowe as a possible guardian for his three children.
In 2003 he told a US news channel he took daughter Paris as soon as she was born and ‘just went home with her, with all the placenta all over her’, leaving Miss Rowe behind in the hospital.
When his son, Prince Michael, told the interviewer ‘I haven’t got a mother’, Jackson assented ‘That’s right’.
He said his children would not benefit from contact with Miss Rowe because ‘she can’t handle it’.
Earlier this week, reports claimed that neither Jackson nor Miss Rowe were the biological parents of the two eldest children. But Miss Rowe has disputed the allegations.
The mother of Jackson’s third child, Prince Michael II, nicknamed Blanket, has never been identified.