Michael Jackson’s ex-wife and mother of two of his children, Debbie Rowe, has reportedly attempted to reach out to the Jackson family following the singer’s sudden death last week, but has been unsuccessful in reaching the family.
According to People, Rowe has left numerous messages for the family, a friend of Rowe’s told the mag.
“We’ve been trying to reach them at different numbers,” Marc Schaffel, a former Jackson business associate and friend of Rowe, said. “But we don’t know if who we’ve been leaving messages with have gotten the messages.”
Rowe is the mother of Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11. Jackson’s youngest, Blanket, 7, is from an undisclosed surrogate.
“In all fairness I wouldn’t say they are avoiding her,” Schaffel said, explaining that Rowe normally gets in contact with the Jackson family with the help of the singer’s business office. “Our understanding, though, is that the Jackson family does want to have contact with Debbie.”
Schaffel told the mag that Rowe has reached out to the family for “several reasons” and would like “to offer her input into a venue where they could have a public memorial.”
“Debbie was absolutely devastated by Michael’s death,” he continued. “They had an incredible bond and friendship even prior to the marriage… Debbie was a very good friend to Michael during all those years.”
It is not known if Rowe has been in contact with the children since Jackson’s death.
“Debbie understands it’s a very difficult time for everybody involved, including the children,” Schaffel said. “I think everybody involved would say they want to see the children have no more disruption in their life until their father has been put to rest.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, the pop star’s mother, Katherine Jackson, was granted temporary guardianship of Jackson’s three children on Monday.