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Friday, October 8, 1999 Published at 22:18 GMT 23:18 UK


Jackson to divorce again

It will be Jackson's second divorce

Pop superstar Michael Jackson is to divorce his second wife, Debbie Rowe, after the couple cited irreconcilable differences in their marriage.

BBC's Peter Bowes in Los Angeles: "Their relationship has been called one of the oddest in showbusiness"
A spokesman for the couple, Howard Rubenstein, said they had been separated since July, but would not explain the terms of the settlement or discuss custody arrangements for their two children.

The divorce petition said both parties reached a confidential agreement regarding property and debts. Jackson, whose record Thriller is the biggest selling album of all time, has an estimated personal wealth of $150m.

Jackson married Ms Rowe, a former nurse he met while undergoing treatment for a skin disorder, in a surprise wedding in Australia nearly three years ago.

[ image: It was all smiles when the couple had their first baby]
It was all smiles when the couple had their first baby
The ceremony came 10 days after the singer announced Ms Rowe was six months pregnant.

There was speculation at the time that she had been paid to carry Jackson's baby, but she strongly denied the reports.

At the time, Jackson said: "Debbie and I love each other for all the things you'll never see on stage or in pictures. ... I fell for the beautiful, unpretentious, giving person that she is, and she fell for me just being me."

But their relationship has been described as one of the oddest in showbusiness.

The couple have lived apart - Jackson with his children at his Santa Barbara theme park on the California coast, and his wife more than 200km away in Los Angeles.

She has had little involvement in looking after the children.

Previously, Jackson was married for a short period to Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley.

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