Does Rowe Want Jacko Kids? 'Hell No!' She Tells Pal

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 15, 2009 3:00 AM CDT
Michael Jackson and then-wife Debbie Rowe walk together in Pasedena, Calif., in 1996.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson's ex-wife is presenting a custody battle for his kids for financial gain, according to a pal. "Do I want the kids? Hell no! Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely," Rowe wrote in an email to friend Rebecca White. Though Rowe has denied earlier reports that she agreed to drop a custody fight in exchange for $4 million, White nevertheless believes the motivation behind Rowe's expressed interest in the children "is money," she said.

"I really have to be honest. If the children aren't the ones she wants, what else will she gain from it?" White asks Extra. While White is convinced Rowe wants what's best for the children, Rowe doesn't feel close to them, she says. "These kids are not mine. They were never mine. They were always Michael's," Rowe told White.