Debbie Rowe reveals 19 new details in Michael Jackson trial testimony
Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife, recently broke down in tears again at his wrongful death trial again, this time while recalling their daughter Paris' suicide attempt.
She has been testifying at his wrongful death trial as a witness for AEG Live, the concert promoter that was working with Jackson before he died. His family is suing the company for $1 billion, claiming it hired Conrad Murray, who worked as the singer's private doctor and is in jail for involuntary manslaughter after giving him a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and other medications.
Rowe, who met Jackson when she worked at his dermatologist's office, had testified at a Los Angeles court earlier in the week about her concerns about several of the singer's doctors' treatment of him, namely their prescriptions of certain painkillers. She became emotional while recalling his low tolerance to pain (check out 21 things Debbie Rowe revealed earlier this week).
As of Friday, Aug. 16, the trial has so far lasted for 71 days.
Check out 19 new details she revealed in her latest testimony.
Things Debbie Rowe revealed about Michael Jackson and their children
1. Rowe became emotional while discussing her and Jackson's daughter Paris, who is now 15 and was hospitalized in June following a suicide attempt.
"I almost lost my daughter," Rowe said, sobbing on the stand. "She is devastated. She tried to kill herself. She is devastated. She has no life. She doesn't feel like she has a life anymore."
2. Rowe said she is closer to Paris than her and Jackson's 16-year-old son Prince, and that she and the girl began spending time together this past April and talked on the phone every day.
"She stayed weekends with me," she added.
3. Rowe said she saw Prince at least once after Jackson died, adding: "We don't hate each other."
4. Rowe, who gave up her parental rights after she and Jackson divorced in 1999, said it was her decision to have Prince and Paris live with the singer.
When asked if she regretted it, she said: "No. Michael wanted to be a father. I didn't sign on to be a mom. I loved him very much and I still do. I wanted him to be a father, to have everything he didn't have growing up, to experience it with his own children."
5. Rowe recalled how Jackson was "devastated" after his divorce from first wife Lisa Marie Presley. She asked him what would make him the happiest, to which he responded: "I want to be a father."
Rowe described how she told Jackson he was going to become one. The conversation took place on a tarmac.
"I said, 'You're going to be a dad," she told the court, sobbing. "He was so excited. He ran out in the tarmac, screaming."
6. Jackson "wanted to be the best dad he could be," Rowe said
Rowe said the singer bought parenting books and that she asked him to record two cassette tapes for Prince while she was pregnant.
"I had a headset over my stomach, so the baby could hear him," she said.
7. Jackson picked out baby clothes, Rowe said, adding: "I was pregnant ... he was picking clothes for his own children."
Things Debbie Rowe revealed about Michael Jackson's life and character
8. She would watch movies with Jackson a lot, sometimes at his home theater and sometimes at public cinemas.
9. Rowe said Jackson would call her up just to say that the 1962 film "To Kill A Mockingbird" was on, adding: "He was great friends with Gregory Peck." The actor played Atticus Finch in the movie, which is based on Harper Lee's iconic 1960 novel. Rowe said Peck would answer Jackson's questions about the film over the phone.
10. Rowe said Jackson was "very contemplative" and that they would go to Forest Lawn Cemetery, which overlooks Griffith Park, adding: "Michael loved sculptures. I never realized that's a place he could go and it was quiet ... and just be himself. It was nice."
Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009 at age 50, was laid to rest at Forest Lawn.
11. Rowe would take Jackson out when he felt depressed.
12. Rowe recalled a time she and Jackson went to Tower Records without security guards. The store was not crowded. Jackson began browsing a rack of CDs.
"Then I hear from across the room, 'Debbie, do you know this?'" Rowe told the court. "Then everyone knew who he was. The store was packed in 20 minutes."
Rowe said she then locked herself with Jackson in the bathroom at the Tower Records store and called his security guards to come and pick them up, adding: "I got in so much trouble."
13. Jackson paid for Rowe to go back to college. "He helped whoever he could," she said.
14. Rowe spoke about Jackson's vitiligo, a disease that causes discoloration of the skin. The singer was born black and began appearing white in the 1980s, spurring a flurry of rumors and conspiracy theories (Note: During Murray's 2011 trial, it was revealed that 30 tubes of skin whitening cream were found at Jackson's home after his death).
"The thing with vitiligo, the color can come and go and if you go on the sun you can get sunburn," Rowe told the court. "For Michael, it came and went for a good period of the time. It was easy to cover with makeup. Everybody said he bleached himself, but he didn't."
"It's easier to change to go to lighter color and try to match with makeup," she added. "It's hard to match dark skin -- they don't make good makeup for dark skin."
15. Jackson had trouble sleeping, even when he wasn't working.
"He had difficulty to sleep anywhere, it wasn't just a tour problem," Rowe said. "I'd see him go four days without sleep because he was thinking of a song or a project he wanted to do."
16. While in Germany in 1997, he used Diprivan, an anesthetic, to sleep. Jackson arranged for two anesthesiologists to come to his hotel room and set up an area for him that contained a heart monitor and other equipment.
One of his doctors, internist Allan Metzger, instructed them to put him out for eight hours. She said at the time, she was unaware of a law that prohibits the use of anesthesia outside of a surgical center.
17. Rowe praised Metzger, calling him "amazing." The physician served as the Best Man at her and Jackson's 1996 wedding. He treated Jackson for lupus.
18. Jackson had a phobia of needles, Rowe said, adding that she always held his hand when he received injections and wanted her to be present during all medical procedures.
"Because he was my friend," she said. "I wanted to make sure he was OK."
Rowe said Jackson "was my friend before anything else," adding: "I'm so freaking lucky."
19. She recalled seeing him perform on stage.
"He'd still ask, 'How did I do, did I do OK?' Really dude, you didn't hear 55,000 people screaming? I think you did OK," she told the court. "It was an athletic event to see him perform."