Michael Jackson had some high-profile relationships in his life. One was with his first wife Lisa Marie Presley, who famously appeared nude in his music video You Are Not Alone. But less is known about Jackson’s second wife, Debbie Rowe, who was the mother to two of his children.
Who is Debbie Rowe?
Michael Jackson married Rowe, a dermatology nurse, while he was on tour in Sydney, Australia on November 13, 1996.
The pair had met while Jackson claimed to have been being treated for vitiligo by dermatologist Arnold Klein, who became a close friend of his.
She was six months pregnant with his first child at the time, according to Randy J Taraborrelli’s book, Michael Jackson: The Magic The Madness, The Whole Story.
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Who is Debbie Rowe?
The pair had their first child very quickly, with Rowe giving birth to Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, who is commonly known as Prince and was born on February 13, 1997.
The pair also had a second child Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, who was born on April 3, 1998.
Jackson and Rowe divorced in 1999, but the star had full custody of the childre, until in 2004 when she went back to court to reverse the decision after the singer was subject to allegations of sexual abuse.
The pair came to a settlement, and Jackson was acquitted of the 10 charges in 2005.
Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe
Debbie Rowe watching Michael Jackson
Rowe has since made further comments about Jackson, after his death, when she claimed the pair never had sex, and their relationship was closer to her being his “thoroughbred.”
Speaking to a newspaper in 2009, she said: “I went to the ‘office’, which is what we called the medical clinic.
“They impregnated me. It’s just like I impregnate my mares for breeding. It was very technical.
“Just like I stick the sperm up my horse, this is what they did to me. I was his thoroughbred.”
Michael Jackson’s children, with Paris and Prince on the left and right
She also said she had offered him her womb “as a gift” due to his desperation to have children.
She added: “Michael was divorced, lonely and wanted children. I was the one who said to him, ‘I will have your babies’.
“I offered him my womb it was a gift. It was something I did to keep him happy.”
After Jackson’s death, Rowe is reported to have reached a settlement with Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother and the children’s guardian, to have some supervised visits.
Rowe is reported to now work at a horse ranch, and in 2014 it was reported she was engaged to Marc Schaffel, a former employee of Jackson’s.