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Debbie Rowe says she will likely fight for custody of Prince Michael I, 12, and Paris Jackson, 11 - her two children with Michael Jackson - at a July 13 hearing.

But six years ago, Rowe said she never wanted to be a mother.

"Parenting is an art; you earn it," Rowe said. "Because you give birth and impregnate someone does not automatically give you the title of mother or father."

"You have to earn that title. My kids don’t call me mom because I don’t want them to," she went on. "They are Michael’s children. It’s not that they are not my children, but I had them because I wanted him to be a father."

After she and Michael Jackson divorced in 1999 after three years of marriage, Debbie agreed to give up her parental rights, insisting he was a good father.

Debbie Rowe also lambasted critics who claimed she abandoned her kids.

"They say, 'I can't believe she left her children.' Left them? I did not leave my children. My children are with their father where they are supposed to be."

Asked why the children are not with her, she said, "I didn't do it to be a mother. Like I said, you earn that title. I did not change diapers. I didn’t get up in the middle of the night - even when I was there. Michael did it all."

"I am telling you that he is the most brilliant father. Almost before the baby needed something, he knew what it was. And that's not for me."

Rowe - who insists she is the biological mother of Prince and Paris Jackson - added that she never wanted children before she wed Michael.

"If it hadn't been for how much I love him and because of our relationship, I would never have had children," she said. "And how spoiled am I? I get to go through the whole experience with a loving, caring person. I'm the one who feels selfish."

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  • Debbie Rowe in 2009

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Carefully planned as it was, Tuesday's Michael Jackson memorial service was defined by the impromptu, closing moment when the late pop star's 11-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, took to the stage of Los Angeles' Staples Center.

The adolescent girl, who has rarely if ever been seen by the public as the pop star's children were always shrouded in mystery, declared her love for her dad.

Paris's brief appearance "was not planned," Ken Ehrlich, producer of the tribute, said in an interview with CNN. "In fact, a lot of the show was not scripted."

"Music was laid out, but most of the speakers really spoke from their heart – people who knew Michael well – and I think that's what gave the show its heart."

Barely able to eke out the words as she trembled in front of the mic, the tearful Paris Jackson said before being enveloped by her many aunts and uncles:

"I just wanted to say ... Ever since I was born ... daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say that I love him so much."

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Paris Jackson's brief speech was the most poignant moment in an event full of them. Here she is with her aunts, uncles, and brothers Prince Michael I and II (Blanket).

Ehrlich also said that going into the tribute the Jackson family's request had been that "we don't want to do a TV show, we want to do a memorial service."

"We hope you got the feeling you were watching a memorial service."

We did - at least as much as we possibly could, given that it was a tribute for arguably the most famous person on the planet. May he rest in peace.

Here's the video of Paris Jackson's tearful goodbye to her father ...

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The identity of the biological father of Michael Jackson's three children has recently been questioned by tabloids suggesting that Dr. Arnold Klein, an openly gay man and a well-known dermatologist for the wealthy, is their actual dad.

Today, Dr. Arnold Klein made his first (non) comment on the subject when he appeared on Good Morning America and cryptically deflected the question of paternity.

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"I can't say anything about it, but ... to the best of my knowledge, I am not the father of these children," he told Diane Sawyer. "I can't answer it in any other way. I don't want to feed any of this insanity that is going around."

"I will tell you one thing: These are brilliant children and I want them in no way to be harmed. These are wonderful, fabulous children who he loved deeply."

To the best of his knowledge, he is not the father?

If he's not, how would there be any doubt, and if he were, why not just say so? Sure, it would be scandalous, but it would be honest and no one would really be that shocked. Besides, people would stop talking about it sooner, right?

Klein was first reported to be the Jackson kids' biological father last week by Us Weekly. He also denied (more convincingly) providing Jackson with sedation drugs.

"I've not been examined by anyone. I've not been contacted by police in Los Angeles," he said. "I've given him medication, yes, but you could take all the medication I gave him in a year right now, and nothing would happen to you."

"I don't want to discuss the way I treated him. I did not give him this crap that they are talking about. I've never prescribed OxyContin in my life. How am I going to prescribe Diprivan when I don't even know how to use it?"

As he told reporters when he was tracked down last week, Dr. Arnold Klein recommends harsh punishments for doctors who enabled the late icon:

"I can and will say that anyone who makes someone into an addict, or gives a person potentially dangerous substances directly to them to use is a criminal. It becomes nothing more than a manslaughter or something worse than that."

However, when the physician saw Michael Jackson just three days before his death, Jackson showed no warning signs of drug-related trouble.

"He was having no trouble sleeping in my office, OK?" Klein said.

"He was not in terrible pain when I saw him. He danced in the office and he danced for my patients. He was very, very happy and dancing."

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Last night on the "Talking Points" segment of his Fox News program, The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly was simply “fed up with all the adulation” over Michael Jackson.

Among Bill's observations on the day of MJ's memorial service:

  • Jackson’s "incredible selfishness, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on himself while singing ‘We Are The World’" should make anyone nauseous.
  • Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other African-Americans are shamelessly “playing the race card” by claiming Jackson as one of their own in death.
  • “If (Jackson) were a white guy,” his behavior would never be tolerated.
  • “You don’t become an African-American icon” if you bleach your skin.

As bad as that was, his guest, "media critic" Bernard Goldberg, was worse.

Goldberg first defended U.S. Rep. Peter King, who has come under fire for calling Jackson a “low-life,” a “pedophile” and a "child molester" over the weekend.

The New York Republican is enraged at people extolling the virtues of Jackson, putting at least part of the blame on media coverage that is "too politically correct."

The icing on the cake came when Goldberg said, “Then again, to many black people, if you remember the reaction after he was acquitted, O.J. Simpson was a hero.”

Here's O'Reilly's "Talking Points" and an interview with Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill, who tried his best to dispute some of the above comments:

What do you think? Are these guys way out of line, even racist? Or are they the only ones taking the media to task for glorifying Michael Jackson?

 

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A copy of Michael Jackson's death certificate has been released. The cause of the superstar's death, which took place June 25 at age 50, says "deferred."

Jackson died of cardiac arrest two weeks ago. Official autopsy results were inconclusive, pending further toxicology screening that has not come back yet.

The death certificate says Forest Lawn Cemetery is a "temporary" disposition of his body. Michael's final burial spot is pending at an unknown location.

Michael Jackson was given a fitting farewell at a star-studded, poignant and sad memorial service yesterday at the Staples Center in downtown L.A.

A few other interesting facts from the doc:

  • Jackson's occupation is listed as "musician."
  • His type of business is "entertainment."
  • Years in occupation: 45 (!).
  • Race: Black.
  • The informant, or the person who gave the information for Michael Jackson's death certificate, is listed as La Toya Jackson, his sister.
  • The place of residence is not listed as the Holmby Hills home he was renting, rather, it's listed as his parents' home in Encino.

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Michael Jackson celebrated his final Christmas with his three children - and Prince Michael Jackson I, 12, Paris Jackson, 11, and Blanket, 7, Us Weekly reports.

That was assumed even before they unearthed the photo below - but one new and interesting fact is that, apparently, Dr. Arnold Klein, was there as well.

Klein also brought Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, a close friend, as a surprise guest for the kids to Jackson's $100,000-a-month Holmby Hills, Calif. home.

Fellow guest Stephen Price, another close friend of Arnold Klein, says that Jackson told Klein that Paris, Prince and Prince Michael II were fans of Star Wars.

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Arnold Klein, bottom left, with Michael Jackson and kids in December 2009.

Around 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, "Michael brought the kids down in their pajamas and said, 'This is Princess Leia,'" Price recalls. "They were so excited! She did her famous speech for them - the 'Help me, Obi-Wan' speech."

Price says of Jackson's kids, "They are the greatest kids you'll ever meet."

Dr. Arnold Klein employed Paris and Prince's mother, Debbie Rowe, for 23 years at his dermatology office. He is rumored to be their biological father. Us Weekly has even stated this has fact. However, neither he nor other sources have confirmed it.

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"I just wanted to say ... ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father ... you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him ... so much."

With these words just moments ago, Michael Jackson's daughter Paris spoke at the end of his memorial service, providing its most touching moment and best quote.

Flanked by Michael Jackson's brothers and his sister Janet Jackson, 11-year-old Paris took the microphone, voice trembling, and bid farewell to her dad.

Here's the video of Paris Jackson's poignant goodbye ...

Follow these links for a full recap of Michael Jackson's memorial service as well as a photo gallery of the music and star-filled tribute to the iconic music great.

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You may not be there in person, but Michael Jackson's memorial service is set to begin at the Staples Center in L.A. We'll be sharing live updates all afternoon long.

As the all-star lineup including Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Usher and Jennifer Hudson honors the late music icon this afternoon, we'll be posting updates throughout.

Oh, and we'd also like to express our gratitude to our men and women in uniform, along with the police and firefighters nationwide who keep our communities safe 365 days a year. See, Peter King? You can salute these heroes and MJ.

Let the orgy of glorification begin!

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1:05 p.m. EST: Running out of things to talk about after 24-hour coverage for a week straight, CNN is debating whether Michael Jackson is considered a part of the black community, even if his children are white. Please, let the event start soon.

1:10 p.m. EST: Diana Ross' son, Evan, arrived with girlfriend Cora Skinner. Random.

1:12 p.m. EST: Smokey Robinson is kicking off the event via sattelite, reading a letter from Ross, one of Jackson's best friends, and to whom he named guardian of his children if his mother, Katherine, was unable to service in that capacity.

1:15 p.m. EST: A "moment of silence" has been going on for like three minutes.

1:19 p.m. EST: Images from around the U.S. of peeps watching on TV are shown.

1:21 p.m. EST: Security appears tight in downtown Los Angeles. CBS says it is on par with what was during the 1984 Olympics. Either way, this is hella boring.

1:22 p.m. EST: Kenny Ortega of High School Musical fame is apparently directing this event. He says Jackson was "ready" and "optimistic" for his upcoming tour.

1:30 p.m. EST: NBC is analyzing his finances and debating whether Michael Jackson is worth more dead than alive. We are starting to see Peter King's point.

1:34 p.m. EST: A gospel choir just turned in a terrific performance.

1:38 p.m. EST: Pastor Luscious Smith tells the crowd how Michael wanted nothing more than to share his love and soul with the world through music and deeds.

1:42 p.m. EST: Mariah Carey delivers a performance of "I'll Be There," a 1970 #1 hit for the Jackson 5, and that Carey remade into a hit of her own in 1992. Powerful.

1:47 p.m. EST: Queen Latifah pays tribute to Michael by reading a Maya Angelou poem called "We Had Him." She also talked of idolizing Jackson while growing up.

1:50 p.m. EST: Lionel Richie performs "Jesus is Love." Man, can he sing!

1:54 p.m. EST: Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, says that Michael Jackson not only raised the bar, he broke it. Berry says Michael was "like a son" to him, and after acknowledging his "sad times" and "questionable decisions," called him the greatest entertainer who ever lived. Classy speech from start to finish.

2:06 p.m. EST: A video tribute to Jackson is broadcast. It's great.

2:13 p.m. EST: Stevie Wonder sings "I Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," as the cameras show the Jackson brothers all wearing one white glove to honor Michael.

2:15 p.m. EST: Kobe Bryant is speaking. We just hit MUTE.

2:17 p.m. EST: Magic Johnson thanks MJ for opening up doors for African-Americans, and tearfully describes meeting the music legend as the best moment of his life.

2:21 p.m. EST: Jennifer Hudson covers Michael's hit "Will You Be There."

2:25 p.m. EST: The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks and credits Michael Jackson with everything from elevating the stature of African-American entertainers to getting Barack Obama elected president. Possibly a tiny bit of a stretch there.

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Today at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), the Staples Center in Los Angeles will be packed with thousands of people for Michael Jackson's memorial service.

An all-star lineup will be on hand to perform and honor the music icon. Ex-wife Debbie Rowe will be a no-show, though. As will one of his best friends.

Yesterday afternoon, Elizabeth Taylor, 77, Tweeted that she wants nothing to do with this "whoopla." She feels her grief is private and "between us."

More importantly, though, who knew Elizabeth Taylor Twittered?

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It makes perfect sense that the acclaimed actress is not going, as the big I memorial is more for Michael's fans, and for his true friends who knew him well and are truly grieving (i.e. not Miley Cyrus), it probably seems a bit over the top.

We'll see how bad it actually becomes. If the "public whoopla" involves a red carpet and a celebrity fashion analysis on Extra tonight, the apocalypse is near.

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U.S. Congressman Peter King, who railed against Michael Jackson over the weekend, calling him a pedophile and child molester, isn't done yet.

In fact, the Long Island Republican apparently has much more to say about the late music star, of whom he is not a huge fan, to put it mildly.

After criticizing society for revering MJ's legacy and not paying tribute to our troops, police and firefighters (as if the two are in any way mutually exclusive), Peter King described the media coverage of Jackson "an orgy of glorification."

King swears he won't speak out against Jackson today - out of respect for the star's memorial service - but he told New York's CBS 2 last night:

"Yes, he did violate young boys. He did put them in terribly inappropriate positions. And that's a terrible signal to be sending out to society that we are condoning that type of behavior, and you are condoning when you give him this kind of regal coverage, with millions of people fighting to get to his memorial. This is just wrong."

Is Peter King going too far?