However, the marriage didn’t last long. Indeed, by 1999 Rowe had grown weary of the situation and requested a divorce. The pair subsequently reached an amicable agreement. Jackson would have full custody rights of their children, while Rowe would receive a settlement of $10 million. Moreover, they would also remain friends, as Rowe had never intended to be a hands-on mother to the children she had carried for Jackson.
“My kids don’t call me Mom because I don’t want them to. They’re Michael’s children,” Rowe said in the 2003 documentary The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See. “It’s not that they are not my children, but I had them because I wanted him to be a father… I didn’t do it to be a mother.”
So, even by celebrity standards, Paris Jackson’s childhood was unusual. Indeed, she and her brothers were heavily protected – some might even say overprotected – by their famous father. Whenever the children went out with him, they had to wear masks so the paparazzi who constantly stalked the family couldn’t see what they looked like. It was a confusing thing for a young child to be told to do.