Jackson's Ex-Wife Rowe: 'I Want My Children'

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2009 3:09 PM CDT
Joe Jackson leaves the Jackson family home in Encino, Calif., Monday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Debbie Rowe, mother of Michael Jackson’s two eldest children, wants custody—and a restraining order to keep them away from Jackson’s father, she told KNBC-TV of Los Angeles today. “I want my children,” said Rowe, ex-wife of the late singer and mother of Michael Jr., 12, and Paris Michael Katherine, 11. “I am stepping up. I have to.”

Rowe says she will undergo DNA tests to prove she's the mother, as well as psychological tests. She didn't think a judge would grant her custody of Jackson's youngest child, who has a different surrogate mother, but she said she would be willing to raise 7-year-old Prince Michael II as well.