Debbie Rowe is a former Dr. Arnold Klein’s dermatology assistant who became the headline of every news and gossip as a result of her wedding to the king of pop, Michael Jackson. Despite living a confidential life, she further rose to fame with her much-publicized divorce from the iconic music superstar which she immensely benefited from. But how much do you know about Michael Jackson’s surrogate wife?
Debbie Rowe Biography (Age)
Michael Jackson’s former spouse was born as Deborah Jeanne Rowe on 6th December 1958 in Spokane, Washington, the United States to her parents Gordon Rowe and Barbara Chilcutt. Following Rowe’s parents’ separation a couple of weeks before becoming two years old, her mother took full custody of her as she was brought up by her mom along with her granny and aunts. She has a step-sister Loretta Scarlett Rowe from her father’s relationship with another woman.
Since her early age, she always kept to herself and this significantly affected her growth psychologically as she didn’t attain sexual and emotional development till her mid-20s. Debbie Rowe is an alumna of Hollywood High School where she graduated class of 1997. Soon after her graduation from high school, she got a job as an assistant to the renowned dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein in Los Angeles.
Debbie Rowe’s Net Worth
Debbie Rowe has done wonderfully well for herself as a professional nurse in the United States. However, her job as a nurse has little to do with her wealth as she accumulated the bulk of her wealth through her famous divorce from the king of pop, Michael Jackson. As part of the divorce settlement, she pocketed the sum of $8 million coupled with a mansion in Beverly Hills. In addition to the profits from the sales of the Beverly Hills’ mansion which she sold at $1.3 million, she owns an established horse ranch in Palmdale, California. It won’t come as a surprise to know that Rowe’s financial value is estimated at $25 million.
Debbie Rowe stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.72 m) tall and weighs about 80 kg (176 lb).
Other Facts About Michael Jackson’s Wife
1. Debbie Rowe’s marriage to Michael Jackson
The professional nurse got acquainted with the accomplished musician during her stint at Dr. Arnold Klein’s dermatology clinic where she worked as his assistant – the iconic musician was their regular patient on vitiligo treatment. Being a long time admirer of the pop superstar, she became his friend and they entrusted each other with some vital personal information. After learning of Mr. Jackson’s desire to have children following the divorce from his first wife, Lisa Marie Presley in 1996, Rowe volunteered to have children for him. Almost soon after, she conceived her first child and since Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson didn’t want her grandchild to be born out of wedlock, she prompted Jackson to solemnize the union. The duo exchanged marital vows in Sydney, Australia on 14th November 1996.
The family-oriented couple expanded their small circle by welcoming their son, Michael Joseph Jackson alias Prince, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles on 13th February 1997. The following year, the couple welcomed their daughter, Paris Katherine Jackson at Spaulding Pain Medical Clinic, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles on 3rd April 1998. As a surrogate mother, Rowe revealed that she never had any sexual intercourse with the pop superstar throughout their marriage.
2. Her College Degree
Michael Jackson sponsored Debbie Rowe’s online college training as she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal law and psychology.
3. Rowe’s Famous Divorce
After discovering that she could no longer bear children following the birth of her daughter, Debbie Rowe filed for divorce six months later. The outcome of the court’s judgment saw Rowe parting with a whopping sum of $8 million as her alimony including the mansion at Beverly Hills while Jackson was given full custody of his children. In addition, she was granted an 8-hour one day visit every 45 days. She later reversed it after the death of Jackson through a mutual agreement with her children’s guardian who happens to be their paternal grandmother, Katherine Jackson.
Debbie Rowe won her defamation lawsuit on 3rd March 2010 against a source that said she was not the biological mother of her children. She was paid the sum of $27,000 for damages.
5. Her Past and Present Relationship
Prior to her marriage with MJ, Debbie Rowe first married her high school science teacher, Richard Edelman in 1982 and later got separated in 1988. After the demise of MJ, she got engaged to his videographer, Marc Schaffel in 2014.
6. Debbie Rowe’s Health Issue
Debbie Rowe was diagnosed with cancer of the breast in July 2016. The ailment brought her closer to her daughter, Paris who have come to be of much help to her in perhaps the most trying times of her life.