Michael Jackson might have had sole custody of his daughter Paris Jackson since she was age 3, but the King of Pop’s daughter is now trying to reconnect with her birth mother. Though they didn’t have a relationship when Paris was a child, it’s being reported that Paris spent the majority of her 15th birthday with Jackson’s ex, Debbie Rowe.
Rowe and Jackson were married from 1996 to 1999. As part of their multi-million dollar divorce settlement, Rowe gave Jackson full custody of their two children, Prince and Paris. She remained estranged from her children through Jackson’s death in 2009.
However, TMZ reports that Paris and her birth mother have met “a number of times recently,” and spent a good part of Paris’s April 3 birthday together. “The two just hung out. They’ve gotten really tight,” the site’s source says.
Rowe explained her estranged relationship with her children in the television documentary “The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant To See.” “My kids don’t call me Mom because I don’t want them to. They’re Michael’s children. It’s not that they are not my children, but I had them because I wanted him to be a father,” she said. “People make remarks, ‘I can’t believe she left her children.’ Left them? I left my children? I did not leave my children. My children are with their father, where they are supposed to be. I didn’t do it to be a mother.”