UPDATE: Debbie Rowe Not Attending Michael Jackson Memorial Service
UPDATE: ET Online reports that Debbie Rowe will not, in fact, be attending the memorial service for Michael Jackson in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday. Whew—crisis averted!
Well, this could get awkward.
Us Magazine reports that Debbie Rowe—Michael Jackson’s ex-wife and mother to two of his children—will be attending the memorial service for the deceased singer at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday.
“Debbie will attend,” says Mark Schaffel, a former Jackson business associate, says. “We just got confirmation last night from the people who are handling the VIP seats that they do have Debbie’s seats and she will be attending.”
Hopefully, the event’s organizers are seating her at a comfortable distance from the Jackson clan. Rowe is reportedly gearing up for a custody battle for her two sons with Jackson, Prince Michael and Paris, and is even seeking a restraining order against Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson. (In his will, Jackson requested that his mother, Katherine, be granted custody of the children.)
Though Rowe has attempted to contact the family, Schaffel says the efforts have so far been in vain.
“There has been outreach, unfortunately, like so many cases, there’s so much going on that they just have not been able to make contact,” Schaffel notes. “There were several tries, just for the fact of phone numbers that had changed, you know, answering machines that were full. Contact had not been able to happen prior.”
Will the two factions have a showdown as the rest of the world tries to celebrate Jackson’s extraordinary life? Time will tell.
In the meantime, let us know in the comments section: Who do you think should end up with Michael Jackson’s children, Debbie Rowe or Katherine Jackson?