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Update: At a press conference this afternoon, attorney Eric George said that Debbie "has not reached a final decision on pending custody," and she has chosen to keep silent "out of respect for Michael's children."
It would be a "distortion of the truth" to say she is going after custody, the lawyer said. He promised when Deb makes her decision, the media will be notified.
Debbie Rowe is going after the kids.
The mother of Michael Jackson's two eldest kids, Prince, 12, and Paris, 11, "is going to be pursuing custody of the children," her attorney, Iris Finsilver said. "Frankly, she won't have to fight for them," the lawyer told People.com. "She is the children's biological mother. She loves her children."
The kids, including Michael's youngest son, Blanket (who's biological mother is not known), are temporarily in the care of the pop star's mother, Katherine Jackson, who was named as guardian in Michael's will. But Debbie says she's willing to take custody of Blanket, as well, to keep the siblings together.
It looks like she will have a battle on her hands, though, as the Jackson family says they intend to seek permanent custody. "They will fight," says an insider.
In an interview with a Los Angeles television station today, Debbie said, "I want my children. I am stepping up. I have to."
It's going to get ugly.