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.
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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