Debbie Rowe plans to fight for custody of her two children - Prince, 12, and Paris, 11 - with the late Michael Jackson, according to the star's ex-wife herself.
"I want my children," Rowe told NBCLA's Chuck Henry.
While the interview was not broadcast, Rowe allegedly told Henry that she will seek a restraining order to keep Jackson's dad, Joseph, away from the kids.
"I am stepping up," Rowe said. "I have to."
Rowe also said she was willing to submit to any testing, including DNA to prove that she is the children's biological mother in the looming custody fight.
She also said she would submit to psychological testing.
Rowe wed Jackson in 1996. He was a patient of dermatologist Arnold Klein, for whom she worked as a nurse. The children were born via artificial insemination.
Us Weekly reports that Arnold Klein is the children's biological father. Separate reports on TMZ suggest Debbie Rowe is not the real mother of the kids, either.
In his last will, Michael Jackson named his mother Katherine as guardian of his three children – Prince, Paris and Blanket, 7. If Katherine died before him or couldn't serve, Jackson nominated Diana Ross as their guardian.
Katherine has temporary legal guardianship of the children at the moment.
Rowe's lawyer sought to downplay her client's statements in the interview, but did reiterate that Rowe is indeed the biological mother of Paris and Prince, and also confirmed that she will at least be at next week's custody hearing.
Click to enlarge Debbie Rowe pictures from this week at her horse farm ...
[Photos: Fame Pictures]