Debbie Rowe wants to talk to Jackson family According to People, that lovely flower of womanhood known as Debbie Rowe, has been trying to get in touch with the family. "Debbie Rowe, the singer's ex-wife and mother of his two eldest kids, has left multiple messages for the Jackson family in hopes of getting in touch – though she's been unsuccessful – a friend tells PEOPLE. "We've been trying to reach them at different numbers," says Marc Schaffel, a former Jackson business associate who's close with Rowe. "But we don't know if who we've been leaving messages with have gotten the messages." Rowe is the legal parent of Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11, and can get custody of them if she chooses. Jackson's third child, Blanket, 7, was born to an unnamed surrogate. But the children's grandmother, Katherine Jackson, was granted temporary guardianship on Monday after filling a petition in Los Angeles Probate Court. In the 22-page document, Katherine claims the kids "have no relationship with their biological mother" and "have a long established relationship" with her since Michael's death. "In all fairness I wouldn't say they are avoiding her," Schaffel says, adding that Rowe usually contacts the family through Jackson's business office. "Our understanding, though, is that the Jackson family does want to have contact with Debbie." Schaffel says there were "several reasons" why Rowe reached out, including wanting "to offer her input into a venue where they could have a public memorial." I'm sure they're super-eager to hear her ideas.
And speaking of the funeral At a press conference yesterday, Joe Jackson once again took the opportunity to talk about his record label, but did offer that there are no firm plans in place for the funeral. "We don't have the time frame yet because we want to see how ... the second autopsy turns out." MTV. However, the funeral, when it occurs will be large and open to the public.
Where there's a will there's a recipe for trouble According to the Wall Street Journal, "A will drafted by Michael Jackson in 2002 which divides the singer's estate among his mother, three children and one or more charities could play a central role in determining how his tangled financial relationships will be unwound. Several people close to the late Mr. Jackson said that a lawyer for the pop singer could submit the will, believed to be his last, to Los Angeles Superior Court as soon as Thursday. That filing would cap a tense period in which relatives and advisers of the late singer debated what document, if any, was valid.One or two other earlier wills have emerged since Mr. Jackson's death last Thursday, according to people familiar with the situation. The Associated Press reported that Mr. Jackson's parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson, said in a Monday court filing that they believed the singer had died without a valid will. Joseph Jackson isn't believed to be included in the most recent will. In an email message, a lawyer for Mr. Jackson's parents said neither he nor his clients had seen the 2002 will. "No will has been presented to family or us," wrote the lawyer, L. Londell McMillan, who also once represented Michael Jackson. "We will review any will when we see it."
Would you like money or a piece of paper? According to the BBC, "Michael Jackson fans who paid in advance for the singer's UK concerts have been offered their money back or a souvenir ticket as an alternative. Promoter AEG Live said the tickets feature graphics "inspired and designed" by the music legend, who died at the age of 50 on Thursday. An estimated 800,000 people paid £50-£75 to watch the star perform 50 concerts at London's 02 arena. The company will not be printing any further tickets as collectables. It adds that the originals will become collectors' items, and feature special images which give them a 3D moving effect." Ooooohhh.