Mega-rumors ensued over the weekend about Debbie Rowe's stance on custody of Michael Jackson's children. On Sunday, Huffington Post reported that Rowe claimed Michael was not the biological father of his two eldest children (whom she birthed via artificial insemination while she was married to Michael), and that she had no intentions of ever seeing the children again, let alone seeking custody, as some experts have said she has the legal right do.
Critics have set fire to the rumors, saying those interviews were completely false and that Rowe's interviews since the birth of Prince, 12, and Paris, 11, have been too limited for her to make such cold-hearted statements. The sites publishing those alleged fabrications, including the UK's News of the World, have removed their posts.
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Recent reports about Rowe suggest a more heartfelt response to the children's loss. This weekend one interviewer reported that her reaction to Michael's death was, "I lost my best friend," and she has asked the public and the media to respect the Jackson family in their time of mourning and to spare them of "such harmful, sensationalist speculation and that they be able to say goodbye to their loved one in peace."Michael Jackson: The First Man I Ever Loved
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But...will she take the kids? Us Magazine says Debbie has "no idea" whether she'll fight for custody, and TMZ reported that the Jackson family feels very strongly that Michael's mother Katherine Jackson is the most fit guardian to raise the children at the Jackson family estate in Encino—which sounds like the plan the kids are most content with too.
Next Monday the family will appear in court for the first of likely many custody hearings, and the Jacksons have said that if Rowe chooses to be part of the children's lives, they feel it would be "unfair" for them to stand in her way.