Inside Michael Jackson’s bizarre wedding to nurse Debbie Rowe that included an eight-year-old best man and ‘kids given as gifts’ to sicko star

Inside Michael Jackson’s bizarre wedding to nurse Debbie Rowe that included an eight-year-old best man and ‘kids given as gifts’ to sicko star

And in keeping with almost everything Jacko did, it was a bizarre wedding ceremony.

Three months after divorcing Lisa Marie Presley 38-year-old Michael met Debbie Rowe, who was 37 and his nurse at a dermatology clinic.

Almost 23 years ago, they decided to marry at a secretive and unusual ceremony in Sydney, Australia.

Only a few people attended the unusual wedding, which took place at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel in November 13, 1996, while Jackson was on tour for his 'HIStory' album.  

Strikingly Rowe wore a non-traditional black wedding dress.

At the time she was pregnant with the first of two children she would give to her husband-to-be who after dying in 2009 has been hit with fresh child abuse allegations in a new documentary called Leaving Neverland.  

The King of Pop always denied being a paedophile and his estate have slammed the new doc for being biased and one-sided.


At the wedding Jackson's best man was strangely an eight-year-old boy named Anthony, whom the megastar reportedly called his nephew.

The secrecy surrounding the wedding was so intense it was not confirmed or denied after it happened.

Staff at the Sheraton swore Jackson had not even left his room, the Irish Times reported.   

Rowe was a nursing assistant to Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr Arnold Klein.

They had actually first met 15 years before their marriage. He had been having treatment for his skin condition.  

It is understood that Rowe consoled Jackson following his split with Presley and the pair became great pals.

Unlike the singer’s last marriage, this one was much more low key — and one that produced children.


ABC News reported rumours that Jackson's marriage to Presley was intended to boost his image after being accused of being a paedophile.

But this marriage would give the singer what he always wanted; to be a father.

Rowe gave birth to her first child with Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr — nicknamed Prince Michael — at LA's Cedars Sinai Hospital in February 13, 1997.

This was just four months after they tied the knot.

She said: “He said 'I really want to be a dad', and I said 'So be a dad''.

Speaking in a 2003 TV special called Michael Jackson: The Footage You Were Never Meant To See, Rowe said: "I did it for him to become a father, not for me to become a mother.

"You earn the title parent. I have done absolutely nothing to earn that title. That is because Michael did all the parenting.

 "I didn't do it to be a mother. I didn't change diapers. I didn't get up in the middle of the night, even when I was there, Michael did it all."

About 14 months later their second child, Paris, was born.

At the time Jackson said of the birth: 2I snatched her and just went home with all the placenta and everything all over her."

Rowe and Jackson ended their marriage in October 1999. Jacko was given full custody of Prince Michael and Paris.

They reportedly split up because Rowe hated being in the public eye.


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