When Michael Jackson made out his will on July 7, 2002, he decided his mother would be the best guardian for his children — Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket — but his backup was surprising to the media, his fans, but most of all his family.
It wasn’t one of his sisters, Janet, La Toya or Rebbie. And, it wasn’t the biological mother of two of his children, Debbie Rowe. It was pop star Diana Ross.
So that begs the question — when Katherine Jackson went missing for 10 days why didn’t Diana Ross try to get custody of the children?
The Ain’t No Mountain High Enough singer has remained silent during the family feud. “There could be a number of reasons for that,” Legal expert Royal Oakes tells RumorFix, “the secondary person could be unwilling to care for the children, or unable/unfit in the opinion of the court to care for them.”
Although some may think the 68-year-old is an odd choice as guardian, Michael didn’t — he had a lifelong obsession with the diva. He had known her since he was 10 and even lived in her Hollywood Hills home for a while.
In an interview with J. Randy Taraborrelli, described Ross as “a very dear, close friend that I can tell my deepest, darkest secrets to because I know she wouldn’t tell anyone else. Her name is … (pause for dramatic effect) Miss Diana Ross.”
When the King of Pop died — long before his will was made public — Diana obviously knew about Michael’s wishes saying, “Michael wanted me to be there for his children, and I will be there if they ever they need me.”