July 2nd, 2009
05:21 PM ET

Rowe: “My kids don’t call me Mom, because I don’t want them to”

Program Note: For more about Debbie Rowe and her role in the Jackson custody battle, tune in for Randi Kaye's report tonight on AC360º at 10 P.M. ET.

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Debbie Rowe, ex-wife of the recently deceased Michael Jackson and biological mother of Paris and Michael Jr., is the latest to enter the Jackson custody battle. In a 2005 'Fox TV' interview, Rowe commented on her role as a mother and her relationship with Michael Jackson.

DEBBIE ROWE, JACKSON`S EX-WIFE: My kids don`t call me Mom, because I don`t want them to. They`re not - they`re Michael`s children. It`s not that they`re not my children, but I had them because I wanted him to be a father.

I believe that there are people who should be parents. And he`s one of them.

We are a family unit. Michael and I will always be connected with the kids. I will always be there for him. I will always be there for the children. And people make remarks, "Oh, I can`t believe she left her children."

Left them? I left my children? I did not leave my children. My children are with their father where they`re supposed to be.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. vanessa

    Michael paid Debbie 8.5 million dollars. If a judge is stupid enough to give her custody then Debbie should give back the money, and not be entitled to any more. A deal is a deal. What if all parents that put their children up for adoption want them back ,it's not fair. Debbie's real charecter is coming out. She's all about the money. The children should hate her for wanting the money over them.

    July 3, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  2. Debra

    DEBBIE ROWE is no better than JORDAN CHANDLER. Greed, Greed, Greed.

    So what, she will take a DNA test. Tests do not raise children, teach them morals, teach them love, etc. Really Debbie, get a life. THEY WERE MICHAEL'S CHILDREN – you made sure of that back in the 90's when you left with a whopping sum. Has the money dried up, are your broke, are you willing to take the three children as they have grown together, or are you going to do further damage to the children breaking their family up. I just want to vomit when I hear your name, your greed. I would be willing to RAISE ALL of Michael's children FOR FREE!

    July 3, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  3. anna

    I believe the kids should stay together . With ther grand mother . They have gone thro enough . Also look at Micheal in that video he has a death look on his face and is blue around the mouth any one should of been able to notice this. My heart goes out to Micheal family . Micheal will finally have the peace he always wanted. God loan him to us for a little while .All he every want was love from the world how sad we only give it in death etc.!!!!!.There will never be anyone like him in my life time orr my grandkids . Fly with the angles Micheal .

    July 3, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  4. Thelma Allen

    Debbie Rowe should have stayed in contact with her kids yet she took a pay off of 8.5 million. The kids don't know her and they should be ask who they want to live with and not separated. Everyone is talking about the two oldest kids and not poor blanket, these are sister and brother's who I'm sure want to stay together. Please people look passed the money and worry about these kids, they have just lost the only parent they knew Michael Jackson and he knew whom he wanted to have his kids and it wasn't Debbie Rowe. As far as Joe Jackson is concerned this man has some serious issues that need to be address, but he does'nt live with Michaels mother. The Jackson boys are big now and I'm sure they would not let him hurt the kids. If it came to staying married to Joe Jackson and keeping custody of my grand kids I would dumb Joe Jackson. All this mess about Michael's drug use does not matter and the way he changed his face, Elvis Presley died from a drug overdose which they tried to clean up by saying it was a accidental overdose. Joan Rivers has has so much plastic surgery I can't even tell who she is now, so lets get up off Michael and anything else you want to say negative about Michael keep it to yourself. Rest in peace MJ they can't hurt you anymore.

    July 3, 2009 at 7:24 am |
  5. Lynn

    mj's children should stay with his mom . Debbie Rowe shouldnt get them cuz u dont hop scotch in and out of children's lifes like a kangaroo!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 at 5:31 am |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    Oh and by the way stop pratting around with these two wonderful kids lives by debating who is what to them.
    The kind of publicity you are giving will only destroy the balance such as it was in thier lives further.
    The courts, surrogate mothers MEDIA should respect MJ'S wishes in his will. No one has suggested he was inasane QED he knew what he was doing.
    ALL, ALL especially media stay out of it "pretty please!"

    July 3, 2009 at 4:56 am |
  7. McGee

    The KIDS are more important! you'll are telling the KIDS that Micheal not there Real Father! That's the only person that they know! They don't know the MOTHER! Let the kids be HAPPY! It's what's BEST!

    July 3, 2009 at 4:46 am |
  8. chichi

    When the time comes we (the public) will here from them. Now is not he time. I believe grandma, aunties and uncles have done that "talked about what is going on in their heads" with them and all we need to know right now is that they are hunging in there and doing ok don't you think so Pat?

    July 3, 2009 at 4:38 am |
  9. McGee

    Micheal is the FATHER! If he's taken care of the kids! It's just like saying A. Jolie not the mother of her kids! But she still take care of the KIDS! Should the real parents get the MONEY & the KIDS!

    July 3, 2009 at 4:35 am |
  10. Pat West Sacramento

    Has anyboby through all that has happened in the last few days, through about the children and I mean ALL the children. Don't you think that they are watching the news and listing to what is going on about them, what about Blanket, don't you want to know what is going around in his head. Noboby cares about them children all they care about i how there news stations do and how much money everyone will get out of all this.

    It is a very sad world when nobody cares about children.

    July 3, 2009 at 4:04 am |
  11. chichi

    So, if she (Debbie Rowe) gets custody of the kids, will she have to pay back the $8.2 million she got for giving them up in the first place? hmm! let me guess it'll probably go back to her anyway.

    July 3, 2009 at 4:04 am |
  12. sammiekatz

    She "sold" her kids to Michael for 8.5 million dollars. that was her payoff for disappearing from the family. A Real Mother would never do that! I am sure that will come up at some point and it sure is not in her favor – no excuses for that transgression!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 at 3:36 am |
  13. renika

    Damn Debbie Rowe,she wasn't forced from nothing,she was all in for the money the first time and she is here with the same motive the second time.The Jacksons don't even share the same house anymore,those kids will be fine right there @ home with the rest of the Jacksons and I'm sure they will be well protected.Debbie Rowe's motive is strictly money and if you people think anything different,you are full of crap just like her.

    July 3, 2009 at 3:23 am |
  14. k meeks

    Debbie Rowe has not bought her children a nickel lollipop, sent a x-mas gift, or a happy b-day card!? And now after Michael passes, she wants to step back in and be their mother!? I don't think so. First she signs away her parental rights and then she got paid. What she out of money already. How dare she say MJ's mom being unfit. She doesn't even know the half of it when it comes to being a mom. You don't put a price tag on your kids. I don't care how she takes this blog, she should go back to the rathole she came out of and find another way to get paid.

    July 3, 2009 at 3:11 am |
  15. Ghislaine Quebec Canada

    Wendi Ontario, Canada – You are absolutely right. This is the reality.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:44 am |
  16. Elaine S

    I am a little confused if those children are not Michael's bios, and the Doctor's children these children looked racially mixed especially the girl

    July 3, 2009 at 2:23 am |
  17. SandraWI

    Debbie Rowe accepted money in a settlement in order to give up her rights to her children. Think about what type of person would ever "give up parental rights" for a dollar amount. In my world, this is no dollar amount to give up any child of mine. Michael's stated in his will he intentionally left Debbie Rowe with nothing, so what's that all about and he left everything of value in trust to his children, that's why she wants the kids, it's the only way she can get her hands on his money and properties. I do not trust any women who would give up her parental right's TWICE and go on record stating so.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:22 am |
  18. Terry Rivera

    Has anybody thought that there is a reason why Michael did not leave a thing to Debbie Rowe, he must of known something we do not about her. If she really cared about the children she would let them be.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:22 am |
  19. Mary Gibson, Pinevile La.

    I don't think Ms. Rowe should get custody because if she excepted 8.3million dollars to give up her parental rights. That means she don't care about those kids, only the money. And that's all it's about now is money. She need to leave those kids where they are. Because all the money in the world is not going to make her a good mother. Remember, she sold them to their father. Very sad...

    July 3, 2009 at 2:17 am |
  20. Danielle

    Debbie Rowe is a money hungry which and she did not want the children she wanted the money she even stated I had the kids for Michael and I don't want them calling me mom. Now that Michael is dead all she see's is money signs so now she wants to be a mom give me a break someone needs to tell that lady how it really is and even if she got the kids her life would become hell because all Michaels fans would haunt her for not going with his wishes. If the courts give her MICHAEL'S children they are stupid she already sold them 2 or 3 times now she wants money and thats what the kids will have so now she wants the kids. The poor kids they probly really miss there daddy and they only know there daddy's family and now Debbie wants to take them from them haven't the kids been through enough.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:10 am |
  21. jason

    I think debbie this want kids for the money use them for it not fair they need say in jackson family jason

    July 3, 2009 at 1:59 am |
  22. Beverly Pearson

    Common sense, if she sold them for money that's what it is ! those children should stay with Michael's mother. If she truely wanted her children she would't have sold them. Those children are in good care who would know better than Michael, he have been through some trials and tribulations in life,as we all have,maybe not the same ones but we all have been through something. Because your the biological mother don't mean your a good mother, let the children choose who they want to be with. I'm praying for you MRS K. JACKSON and your family. God bless you all!

    July 3, 2009 at 1:47 am |
  23. Joy-a loving fan

    Its really sad that she wants the kids back after that long because she gave up her rights as their mother so what more does she want?She made an agreement with Michael and money was involved.Does she want more money yet again?Frankly I think this is all about the money MJ left behind...She should sit down and think about what she is doing to the kids and Michael himself.All I can do is pray for the children and his family.I LOVE YOU MICHAEL.....

    July 3, 2009 at 1:46 am |
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