Just when we all thought Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe pulled out of the race for the custody of his children, a "close friend" of Rowe claimed she received emails from her, regarding the custody of the children.

Rebecca White told Extra: "I know she's seeing custody of the children. I think she wants the best for the children."

In an email dated July 2, 2009, Rowe's words suggests she is conflicted about going after her "biological" (or not, we're still unclear) children.

Constantly changing her story of being the biological parent of Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11, Rowe wrote to Rebecca: "These kids are not mine. They were never mine. They were always Michael's. I was Michael's best friend."

Despite that email, Rebeccas believed Rowe was seeking custory. "I think things change on a daily basis," Rebecca explains. "It's not like she doesn't love them. It's not like she doesn't want the best for them, but her life is different... The idea of being a mother to those children is something I don't think she really wants."

Rebecca added: "She can't just sit back in the shadows and not say anything because then she will be looked at as the woman who gave up her children and that's a horrible thing to say... She had to do something to protect them in a way."

In an email from Rowe to Rebecca on July 5, Rowe seemed to be changing her mind about fighting for custody: "My lawyer is telling me I have to take some responsibility about the welface of the children," Rowe wrote.

"Do I want the kids? Hell no. Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely. I don't want to look like the woman who gave away her kids and just forgot about them. Would Michael want Joe to have them? I think it would be the last thing that he would ever have wanted."

Rebecca thus claimed that Rowe was motivated to seek custory for financial gain. "The motivation is money," Rebecca said. "I really have to be honest... If the children aren't the ones she wants, what else will she gain from it?"

She also confirmrd that Rowe revealed that a secret custody deal was in the making. "Yes, absolutely," Rebecca said. "In one text message she had just said, 'Just wait until the 14th. Everything will be done after the 14th.' ...There's definitely going to be a secret deal. There's definitely going to be a settlement that's going to come out of this."

The outcome: There wasn't any deal for Debbie Rowe to give up her parental rights in exchange for a seven-figure payout, her attorney said, adding that any reports to the contrary was "absolutely untrue."

In the meantime, nobody has stepped up to claim 7-year-old Prince Michael II (Blanket), who was born to a surrogate mother. The three kids are currently still in the temporary custody of Jackson's mother Katherine.

Debbie Rowe's Shocking Custody Claims [ExtraTV]
Attoenry: No Debbie Rowe deal [Newsday]