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Debbie Rowe custody bid on Michael Jackson’s kids called publicity stunt

Debbie Rowe is claiming to be seeking custody of Michael Jackson's three children.
Debbie Rowe is claiming to be seeking custody of Michael Jackson's three children.
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Debbie Rowe is fighting to get custody of Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince Michael, 17, Paris, 16, and Blanket, 12. Sources close to the situation claim that it is nothing more than a publicity stunt. Her alleged custody battle was revealed at the same time she announced her engagement to Marc Schaffel.

A source close to the Jackson’s claims that, “Debbie hasn’t indicated to the kid’s co-guardian and grandmother, Katherine Jackson that she is planning on going to court to get custody of the three teenagers. It’s a shameless publicity stunt put out in the media by Debbie’s camp. The timing of the announcement of her engagement to Marc Schaffel, along with reports that Debbie was going to try and get custody is very suspicious.”

On Friday, reports of Rowe’s intent to go to court and attempt to get custody of the three children surfaced. Rowe plans on fighting for custody on her two biological children as well as Blanket. Her rationale behind the decision is that she believes Katherine Jackson, 83 and her nephews, T.J. who are co-guardians of the kids are not being effective in their roles.

Rowe contends that Katherine Jackson is too “disconnected” from the teenagers and T.J. is “too busy with his work in the music industry.” Additionally, Rowe believes that the family compound in Calabasas is a negative atmosphere for the children to be in. She allegedly thinks the negative impact is a result of being exposed to the other Jackson family members, more specifically Jermaine.

The source claims that Prince Michael is adamant that his Katherine and T.J. remain his custodians. The source revealed that, “Prince is absolutely disgusted by Debbie’s plans to go to court to try and gain custody of himself, Paris, and Blanket. First, Debbie wasn’t around for years, and Prince doesn’t consider her his mother.”

“As far as Prince is concerned, Debbie was basically a surrogate mother. Secondly, Debbie wants the kids to come live with her in Palmdale. Prince is a junior in high school in Southern California and will be turning 18 next February.”

“Uprooting his entire life and moving to Palmdale would jeopardize all of the hard work and progress he has made in school. Debbie thinks Prince doesn’t have enough supervision, and is out of control, yet, Prince has a 4.2 GPA and is on track to graduate with honors.”

As far as Paris is concerned, the source claims, “Paris is doing so well in the boarding school she is attending. Being away from the stress and constant reminders of her dad’s death has been so good for her. She has actually been spending more time away from the school on selective weekends with her grandmother in Southern California.”

“Blanket continues to be home schooled and he is finally beginning to emerge from his shy demeanor. For these rumors to be out in the media by people close to Debbie about custody plans is just irresponsible and just wreaks havoc on their lives. It’s the last thing they need.”

“The kids are doing just fine under Katherine and T.J.’s care.”

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