Michael Jackson often concealed his image with surgical masks and veils, and later did the same with his three children. It’s been reported that Debbie Rowe, Jackson’s ex-wife, with whom he was believed to have fathered two of his kids, Michael Jr. and Paris are not his or her biological children.
According to TMZ.com, multiple sources familiar with the history of Jackson’s children said the three children were all conceived in vitro, meaning outside the womb. Sources said that Rowe was paid very well to be a surrogate for the two older children she bore without the use of her eggs or Jackson’s sperm.
The third child’s scenario matches others, however, Prince Michael II was also carried by an unknown surrogate, who was told the identity of the “receiving parent” had to remain confidential. Just three days after the woman gave birth to Prince, Jackson’s lawyer picked the baby up to to take to Michael.
It remains unknown if Jackson chose the donors or knew who they were prior to conception.
Despite the fact Rowe is not the biological mother of the children, she could possible have a case in winning the custody of the children she bore. This type of case has never been litigated in California courts. Since Rowe was married to Jackson when Michael Jr. and Paris were born, it’s assumed that she is the natural mother, however, other evidence could foil her case.
So far, Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, has filed for full custody of all three children.