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Jackson Never Adopted Kids

6/30/2009 12:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael JacksonWe've learned Michael Jackson never adopted his three children, even though he's not the biological father.

We broke the story that neither Jackson nor Debbie Rowe are the biological parents of Michael Jr. and Paris. And Michael was not the biological parent of Prince Michael II either.

Now here's the rub. We've learned Jackson never filed legal papers to adopt any of his children. Legal experts tell us Jackson would be presumed the father but it's not conclusive by any means.

As for why Jackson didn't formally adopt -- we're told at the time the kids were born there was no third party whom he believed would try and claim custody. For some reason, Jackson never thought Debbie Rowe would mount a custody challenge.



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61.

notmjskids    

agree with #60 coz even in his interviews he claimed they were his biological kids.......poor MJ, his soul must be really suffering seeing all these things come out..

RIP MJ :(

1940 days ago
62.

omofmom    

MJ PAID for those kids what do you want a receipt?

1940 days ago
63.

Kay    

I agree with what a few people have said already: parents who use a surrogate don't have to adopt. It sounds like that's the whole reason he and DR got married - to secure legal rights to these children. I mean, it's obvious they didn't marry for love, right? So I think the marriage was MJ's way of making this situation with the kids "legal," whether it actually stands up or not. He at least thought he was covering his bases.

And for those who still insist MJ is the bio dad: come on. Those kids are as aryan as they come. There's a difference between being a light-skinned african american, and being white with blonde hair and blue eyes.

1940 days ago
64.

Honey    

Can someone explain to me why he would need to legally adopt them? MJ and DR where married and even if they choose artificialy insemination by an anonymous donor would they still not be considered the legal parents of the two oldest children?

1940 days ago
65.

me    

TMZ should change their name to MJ gossip / entertainment because this is all you can talk about! TMZ you suck!!!!!!!

1940 days ago
66.

Melissa    

Dedicated to the people who are continuing to slander Michael Jackson and his kids in the wake of his death:

We could fly so high
Let our spirits never die
In my heart I feel
You are all my brothers
Create a world with no fear
Together we'll cry happy tears
See the nations turn
Their swords into plowshares
We could really get there
If you cared enough for the living
Make a little space to make a better place.

Chorus:
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me and the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for
You and for me.

by Michael Jackson

I hope your souls recover really soon.

1940 days ago
67.

Oh Yes She Did    

So what if he never legally adopted them...THEY ARE STILL HIS KIDS!! Don't hurt these poor kids...they just lost their daddy and need to be with MJ's family....the kids need to be with whom they love and feel most comfortable with....Let MJ rest in peace....We love you so much MJ and miis you terribly.

1940 days ago
68.

Whitney LaShelle    

SORRY TO UPSET YOU TMZ, BUT THERE WAS NO NEED FOR ADOPTION, IM SURE LEGALLY THEY WERE HIS KIDS, THEY WERE BRED OUTSIDE OF THE WOMB, AND IM SURE THAT MICHAEL COVERED ALL EXPENSES! IT IS SAD TO SAY THAT IF THESE KIDS WERE BLACK OR APPEARED BLACK, THERE WOULD BE MINIMAL COVERAGE. IT IS SAD TO SEE MJ GO THIS WAY AND TO SEE THE MEDIA DISRESPECTING HIS PASSING. IS THIS WHAT THIS CRUEL AND COLD WORLD HAS COME TO?


- MJ FAN

1940 days ago
69.

Chuck D of Valpo    

Oh what a wicked web we weave, when we practice to deceive.

1940 days ago
70.

uuuhhooohh!!!    

Twisted MJ was twisted, and most of his Family is, too...FAR from The Brady Bunch! More like The Adams Family! POOR kids....

1940 days ago
71.

Wallycrawler    

The Jackson family is acting very fast with this story and TMZ is going right with it. I know for a fact this story comes out'a the Jackson family camp. They are hording around these young children trying to steel what is rightfully theirs. Michael Jackson's inheritance. The facts are out. Michael had a preexisting disease. There is no fowl play and there is no drug over dose. Unless it was to suppress his "Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency," which is a genetic condition that leaves the lungs vulnerable due to a lack of protein. Michael was receiving treatments for years to help him breath. There was times he could barely walk, let alone dance. This why he collapsed on Wednesday night. This is all an insurance fraud! And a thief of the children's wealth!

1940 days ago
72.

mellow    

He had vitiligo, a skin disease that makes you lose pigment resulting in white splotches all over, only the wealthy can afford the treatment to bleach all the skin (that will usually happen on its own over time). He did not want it or create it-it sucks.

The speculation on the race is just sad, take a biology class or take a look at soledad obrien...nuff said.

These children were birthed in marriage, his name is on the birth certificate, he loved and provided for them, he is the father.

1940 days ago
73.

hahahaha!    

Anyone looking could tell he was not the biological father.. sheesh! So while that is no new news to most of us I am shocked that Michael was so inept in his legal dealings. What sort of a lawyer did this guy have over the years? If he didn't bother to get the legal status of his own children in order in the 12 plus years he's had kids I don't even want to imagine what that will looks like. This is going to get insanly messy.

1940 days ago
74.

JoeP    

Give those kids to Rebbie Jackson, she's been married for over 40 years to the same man and have managed to keep her children out of the spotlight.

1940 days ago
75.

IMOKRU    

You people at TMZ are idiots. He may have been a freak but legally he is the father. He and Debbie Row were married at the time. She gave birth to the 2 older children (which in case you flunk biology, makes her a biological parent) and he automatically becomes the father. Next time check with a lawyer, even with no drop of his DNA, which we know they do not have, if his name is on the birth certificate, he is their legal parent. Even if someone else comes forward as the sperm donor the law requires the husband at the time to be considered the father and is required to support the children until 18 years old. Ask any husband who has had a wife cheat on him and get pregnant. He is still on the hook to support the child, not the sperm donor.

1940 days ago
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