Debbie Rowe, pictured with Michael

To be honest, I was not a huge fan of Debbie Rowe, the mother of Michael Jackson’s two eldest children.  The whole arrangement, from the beginning, seemed fishy.  After Michael’s death, I even speculated she may come out of the woodwork to battle over custody of the children, in an effort to get some cash from the estate.  (This was the speculation of many, not just me!)

It’s been reported that Debbie has come to a non-monetary agreement with the Jackson family and has agreed to give Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, custody of the children.  She is entitled to visitation and both sides also agreed to therapy for the children, per Ms. Rowe’s request.

This is a bittersweet ending to what could have been a long, drawn-out process. 

One one hand, it’s nice to know Debbie is not receiving a monetary settlement, although it’s against public policy to sell your children, since this would have been a perfect time for her to stick her hand out for some more dough. Her recommendation the kids receive therapy is also a sign that she does care for their well-being and is concerned they receive emotional treatment.

But on the other hand, I find it so bizarre that a mother would not fight for the custody of her children, upon their father’s death. But, maybe this goes to the initial agreement between Ms. Rowe and Michael: I’ll have these children for you, per your request, but I do not want to be the traditional mother and bear any responsibility to these children.

Whatever the case may be, it’s a blessing that these children will not be subject to a custody battle including court hearings, court-appointed representatives, etc. Now, the kids know they will be together; hopefully  they can now begin to heal with no uncertainties of who is going to raise them.

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