Debbie Rowe on Paris Jackson: ‘She Doesn’t Feel She Has a Life Anymore’
Debbie Rowe leaving court. (FameFlynet)
Debbie Rowe was on the stand Thursday in Michael Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit and broke down in tears talking about the impact his loss has had on their 15-year-old daughter, who attempted suicide in June and is still being treated in a facility for her emotional problems.
"Their father is dead. I almost lost my daughter. She is devastated. She tried to kill herself," the 54-year-old former nurse testified. "She has no life. She doesn't feel she has a life anymore."
Saying those words out loud in the Los Angeles courtroom made Rowe emotional. She broke down in tears and then took a break to compose herself.
Rowe also spoke about their 16-year-old son, Prince, bluntly saying, "He doesn't hate me if that's what you mean." However, she indicated she developed a special closeness with Paris as they have reconnected after Jackson's 2009 death. "We started seeing each other in March and started talking each day," she said. "She's come to stay with me since."
Her testimony also gave many personal insights into her relationship with Jackson, whom she befriended when she was employed by Jackson dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein. She talked about how the superstar suffered from lupus, and wore light colored makeup to cover his vitiligo. She then shared the story about how it came to be that she had two children for him.
"He was devastated after [his] divorce [from Lisa Marie Presley]. He said, 'I’ll never have a child,'" she recalled. "I said, 'Let me have a child with you and give you the joy of being a father.' When I [later] told him he was going to be a dad, he was so excited. He ran around screaming."
Paris with Rowe last spring. (Splash News)
When they had daughter Paris, Rowe recalled telling Jackson, "I said he was going to be so whipped. 'She’s going to have you wrapped around [her] finger. All these plans you have to rule the world with Prince are not going to happen unless she says so.'"