Rowe, who is the biological mother of Jackson's two eldest kids, Prince Michael and Paris, told a local California TV news reporter on Thursday that she plans to fight for custody of her children, stating, "I want my kids."
The two youngsters, as well as their younger brother Prince 'Blanket' Michael II, are currently in the care of their paternal grandmother Katherine after she was granted temporary guardianship earlier this week.
A long-term decision about their future will be made in a court hearing next week -- but Rowe's lawyer Eric M. George insists that his client has not made a final decision regarding the custody of her children.
He says, "Debbie Rowe has not reached a final decision concerning the custody proceedings.
"As many of you know, my belief is that the pending custody proceedings are the most private and the most sensitive of matters as they impact the lives and the fates of young children.
"To that end, I've endeavored out of respect for Michael's children and family, especially in this time of grieving, to keep silence on these matters, to deny all interview requests and to share only that information involving upcoming public court proceedings."
And George has slammed media outlets for picking up on Rowe's comment, claiming it was a "distortion of the truth."
He adds, "I have no reason to doubt that what was reported from that conversation was accurately and ethically reported, but that said, it would be a distortion of the truth to allow that single snapshot of a single conversation to stand as the truth on Debbie's position on this sensitive matter.
"Once again, the truth is that Debbie has not reached a final decision concerning the pending custody proceedings.
"When Debbie does take a position in the public forum of a court, those positions will, of course, be conveyed to all interested persons. In the meantime, I very much appreciate everybody's continued respect for Debbie’s privacy at this time."
Jackson died after suffering a cardiac arrest last week.
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