Debbie Rowe biography
SynopsisDebbie Rowe worked at a dermatologist's office in Los Angeles when she met Michael Jackson, a patient at the office. Rowe befriended Jackson and they struck an agreement for her to have his children. In February 1997, Rowe gave birth to Prince Michael Jackson, and in April 1998, the couple's second child, Paris Katherine, was born. Rowe gave up and then sued to regain custody, but she never did.
Early LifeHollywood personality. Born Deborah Jeanne Rowe on December 6, 1958. The adopted daughter of a millionaire couple from Malibu, California, Debbie Rowe had a lonely childhood. She was 30 before she had her first serious relationship, and the break-up hit her very hard. Rowe was still recovering from the split, and working as a nurse at a dermatologist's office in Los Angeles, when she met pop star Michael Jackson. Jackson had been diagnosed with vitiligo in the mid-1980s, and was a frequent patient at the office.
Marriage to Michael JacksonRowe befriended Jackson and, over time, he told her about his desire to be a father. Rowe offered to have his children, and the couple struck an agreement. In early 1996 Rowe announced that she was pregnant with Jackson's heir, although the details on how that occurred remain a mystery. In November 1996, when Rowe was six months pregnant, she and Jackson married at a hotel in Sydney, Australia. Despite their surprise nuptials, the couple never lived together as husband and wife.
In February 1997, Rowe gave birth to Prince Michael Jackson. The baby spent several hours in special care before Jackson rushed him to his Neverland Ranch, where a team of nannies stood waiting. Several months later, Rowe announced that she was pregnant again. On April 3, 1998, the couple's second child, Paris Katherine, was born. Jackson later told reporters that he was so excited about the birth that he wrapped the baby in a towel and fled home shortly after the cord was cut.
DivorceAfter Paris' birth, Rowe couldn't bear Jackson any more children. The couple's relationship became strained, and Rowe filed for divorce six months later. In 1999, she accepted a settlement of more than $6 million as well as ownership of the couples' Beverly Hills mansion. In return, Rowe gave up her custodial rights to the children, and agreed to one visit every 45 days. Two years later, she applied to the court to terminate her parental rights completely, claiming it was in the childrens' best interest. During this time, Rowe studied at an online university to earn degrees in criminal law and psychology.
In 2005, when Jackson was accused of molesting a young boy, Rowe told the court he was a loving and caring father. During the case she revealed that she had not seen Jackson or her children for several years, which discredited her testimony. Jackson was later acquitted on all counts.