Debbie Rowe, mother of Michael Jackson’s two oldest children, Paris and Prince, told Britain’s News of the World that Michael Jackson is not the children’s biological father, rather she was impregnated with the sperm of an anonymous donor.
Jackson famously married Rowe, a receptionist in the Beverly Hills dermatologist’s office he frequented, in 1996; they divorced three years later.
The interview is typical tabloid, and reveals what many already assumed: the marriage was a sham, the pair never slept together, and the children were not biologically Michael’s.
According to the paper:
Debbie said she was “impregnated” like one of the thoroughbred mares she now keeps on her property, adding: “I was just the vessel. it wasn’t Michael’s sperm. I got paid for it, and I’ve moved on. I know I will never see my children again.”
Rowe says that the birth of Paris in 1998 left her “torn up inside” and unable to have any more children. “When he knew I couldn’t have any more babies he didn’t want anything to do with me,” she said.
The paper contends that Rowe was given a home in Beverly Hills and a payout of almost $7 million paid over nine years, in return for giving up all custodial rights. Despite some reports that Rowe may seek custody of the children, Rowe has no regrets.
“I was never a good mother, I never felt any attachment to them,” said Rowe. “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.”
Granted, the News of the World isn’t exactly renowned for its reliance on facts, but I’m not sure they would actually fabricate an entire interview. So why does Rowe feel the need to share this story with the world? Did she blow through her millions and really need the money?
Maybe it doesn’t matter. Clearly Paris and Prince know by now who their mother is and the fact that she is not interested in being a part of their lives. I suppose this article doesn’t change that.