Michael Jackson’s Mother Receives Temporary Custody of His Kids

Though Michael Jackson did everything in his power to keep his children out of the public eye during his lifetime, the offspring of the singer, who died unexpectedly on Thursday, were thrust into the spotlight in a big way on Monday.

Us Magazine reports that Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, filed a petition for guardianship over the King of Pop’s three children—Prince, 12, Paris, 11 and Prince Michael II, 7 today. The petition claims that Prince and Paris have “no relationship with their biological mother,” Debbie Rowe (Prince Michael II was birthed by a surrogate).

And according to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff has granted Jackson temporary guardianship of the children for the time being.

The filing goes on to note that the whereabouts of the surrogate who birthed Prince Michael II are “unknown.” (The woman’s identity was never revealed.)

Us confirms that Jackson’s three orphans have been staying with Katherine at the family’s home in Encino, California, since their father’s death on Thursday.

But establishing guardianship for the children might not be all that clear-cut. Though Rowe divorced Jackson in 1999 and gave up custody rights during a 2005 legal battle, news broke last week that she later fought to have them restored.

According to a source, Rowe is “inconsolable” in the wake of her ex-husband’s death. “She will always love Michael and she always considered him a dear friend.”

Judge Beckloff has set a hearing for July 6 at 8:30 a.m. for the custody case.

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