Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, never wanted to be a mother and said, "Michael did all the parenting... I didn't change diapers. I didn't get up in the middle of the night, even when I was there, Michael did it all."
From the years 1996 to 1999, Michael Jackson was married to his second wife, Debbie Rowe, who also became a mother to two of the popstar's three children. Yet, throughout their relationship, they never had sex because the singer saw her more as a "vessel" or like a "thoroughbred" horse that would serve the purpose of giving him children through artificial insemination.
About three months before the two tied the knot in an unusual, low-key ceremony, Jackson had split from his first wife, Lisa Marie Presley, and had found comfort in his friendship with Rowe. That was the time when Rowe offered Jackson to carry his children because she knew how desperately he wanted to be a father.
"I was trying to console him, because he was really upset," Rowe previously recalled, as quoted by ABC News. "He was upset because he really wanted to be a dad. I said, 'So be a dad.' He looked at me puzzled. That is when I looked at him and said. 'Let me do this. I want to do this. You have been so good to me. You are such a great friend. Please let me do this. You need to be a dad, and I want you to be.'"
By the time they tied the knot on November 13, 1996, Rowe was already pregnant with Jackson's first child. Years later, Rowe admitted that she never wanted to be a mother, but went through pregnancy twice only to give babies to the singer. "I did it for him to become a father, not for me to become a mother. You earn the title parent. I have done absolutely nothing to earn that title," Rowe once said in court after their divorce.
Speaking of how she never took care of the kids, Rowe also once said, as quoted by Mirror, "Michael did all the parenting. I didn't do it to be a mother. I didn't change diapers. I didn't get up in the middle of the night, even when I was there, Michael did it all."
She added, "Michael was divorced, lonely and wanted children. I was the one who said to him, ‘I will have your babies.’ I offered him my womb, it was a gift. It was something I did to keep him happy."
Since the time Rowe gave birth to their kids—Prince Michael Junior and Paris—there have been speculations about whether Jackson is really their father or whether a donor sperm was used. As Rowe spoke about the technicalities of the process, she said, "They impregnated me. It's just like I impregnate my mares for breeding. It was very technical. Just like I stick the sperm up my horse, this is what they did to me. I was his thoroughbred."
When she gave birth to their second child, her famous husband excitedly said at the time, "I snatched her and just went home with all the placenta and everything all over her," according to The Sun.
In 1999, the couple split up before Jackson went on to have his third child, Blanket, in 2002 through surrogacy as well as an egg donor.
Over the years, as Jackson's life became riddled with controversy, he was seen in the media as an eccentric star with a traumatic childhood, having molestation allegations attached to his name. But before his death in 2009, he publically spoke about his children several times, and once said, as quoted by Us Weekly, "I enjoy taking care of my children myself. It’s fun. It’s why I had them. So I could take care of them. It’s great relief for me. You know, it’s a pleasure. It keeps me happy and laughing... They’re wonderful, sweet, innocent children."
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