Debbie Rowe allegedly told a friend: “Do I want the kids? Hell no,” following reports that she would seek custody of her two children by Michael Jackson.
Rowe, who gave birth to Prince Michael and Paris during her brief marriage to Jackson, allegedly said she did not want to become their guardian.
Rebecca White, who claimed to be a friend of Rowe, showed a series of emails to US entertainment show Extra.
In one, dated July 2 2009, Rowe said: “I’m not going after custody. These kids are not mine. They were never mine. They were always Michael’s. I was Michael’s best friend.”
Three days later, Rowe wrote: “My lawyer is telling me I have to take some responsibility about the welfare of the children. Do I want the kids? Hell no. Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely. I don’t want to look like the woman who gave away her kids and just forgot about them.”
White told the programme: “It’s not like she doesn’t love them. It’s not like she doesn’t want the best for them, but her life is different... The idea of being a mother to those children is something I don’t think she really wants.”
However, Rowe does not want to appear uncaring, White claimed. “She can’t just sit back in the shadows and not say anything because then she will be looked at as the woman who gave up her children and that’s a horrible thing to say.”
Rowe has angrily denied a report in the New York Post that she will waive all rights to the children in exchange for $4 million.
“Ms Rowe had not and will not give up her parents rights. Ms Rowe has not accepted - and will not accept - any additional financial consideration beyond the spousal support she and Michael Jackson personally agreed to several years ago,” her lawyer said in a statement.
Debbie sent these texts after MJ's death so she may feel differently now, but it's still gross that she was willing to feign concern only because it would make her look good.