Katherine Jackson will get Michael's kids
Katherine Jackson will raise her son's children under an agreement with Michael Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, who will have visitation rights under the supervision of a child psychologist, the AP reports. Because Katherine obviously knows how to raise kids.
Surprisingly, no money is changing hands in the agreement, although Prince, 11, and Paris, 12, likely have a lot of money coming their way. The move is what was stated in MJ's 2002 will, and the shrink will be paid for by both Katherine and Debbie.
His third child, 7-year-old Prince Michael II, known as Blanket, was born to a surrogate and the mother's identity has never been revealed.
"Mrs. Jackson and the family are pleased this matter is resolved and was handled in a caring, thoughtful and courteous manner by the parties and their representatives," L. Londell McMillan and Diane Goodman, attorneys for Mrs. Jackson, wrote in a statement. "We were all united in our goals to do what is best for Michael's wonderful children, and both Mrs. Jackson and Debbie Rowe were on the exact same page."
Eric M. George, an attorney for Rowe, called the agreement a "dignified outcome." George credited Katherine's attorneys for their work on the deal, and expressed pride with Rowe for "her integrity and selflessness."
Rowe never petitioned for custody of Jackson's children, despite once being married to Michael and boring the two children as a "gift" (we hear cufflinks make good gifts, too). The agreement is likely to be discussed during a hearing Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the AP says. That hearing will now focus more on lingering issues with Jackson's multimillion dollar estate, which Mrs. Jackson has vied for control of.
All three children have been living with Katherine since their father's death, where they have been surrounded by their aunts, uncles and cousins. Diana Ross was named as a possible guardian if Katherine was not available, or alive. Now that would have made a kick-ass reality show.