Debbie Rowe, the mother of Michael Jackson's two oldest children, has no relationship with the kids and does not deserve custody, said a former personal assistant of the singer who became friends with Jackson when he was a boy.
Frank Cascio, 28, added his name to a growing list of Jackson friends and associates who believe the pop star's ex-wife should not seek custody of the children, and a court should instead honor Jackson's last will and grant custody to his mother Katherine Jackson.
"Those kids need to be with Katherine and the family," Cascio told "Good Morning America" an exclusive interview. "That's who they need to be with. Not with Debbie."
Cascio told "GMA" his family regularly entertained Jackson at its New Jersey home.
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When asked if the children ever saw their mother, Cascio said, "No. Not at all."
Cascio, also known as Frank Tyson, has served as Jackson's personal assistant and as an adolescent traveled around the world.
On June 29, four days after Jackson, 50, suffered apparent cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles rental home, a court granted ttemporary guardianship of Jackson's three children, ages 7 to 12, to their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, 79.
Cascio called Katherine Jackson "the most special woman in [Jackson's] entire life."
Another hearing will be held July 13 to reconsider the guardianship. Sources close to Rowe's lawyers have said her legal team plans to attend that hearing.
In a 2003 interview, most of which had never been aired before, Rowe said she did not believe relinquishing custody meant that she had abandoned her children. She had meant for them to be with their father from their conception.
"People make remarks: 'Oh I can't believe she left the children.' Left them? I did not leave my children. My children are with their father, where they are supposed to be," Rowe said in the interview, which was aired today on "GMA."
Rowe said it was her idea to make Jackson a father, because she thought it would make him happy.
"I said, 'I want to do this. I want to do this. You're so good to me. ...' I said, 'You need to be a dad."
In the interview, Rowe said covering the children's faces with masks and veils when they were out in public was her idea. "That was my request," she said because she feared they could be targeted.
Rowe called the kids, the "ultimate love children. If It hadn't been for how much I loved him... I would have never had children."
She also rejected any suggestion that Jackson was a pedophile.
Rowe's lawyers have not formally said she would ask a court to grant her custody, but Rowe last week gave an interview to a Los Angeles television station in which she said: "I want my children."
One of Rowe's only public statements since her former husband died was an expletive filled outburst when she was followed and bumped by a television crew. She has remained out of sight since then.
After saying she planned to attend Jackson's memorial service, Rowe changed her mind and decided to mourn privately.
Rowe has had little contact with her children, son Prince Michael, now 12, and daughter Paris, now 11, since she divorced Jackson in 1999.