In the 2022 documentary “TMZ Investigates: Who Really Killed Michael Jackson?” – which explores Jackson’s years-long struggle with addiction and final months — Debbie Rowe revealed that she struggled to cope with her ex-husband’s death and even blamed herself for the loss. While fighting back tears, Rowe admitted that she regrets not being able to help Jackson when the singer became addicted to painkillers. “I feel horrible about not trying to stop it,” she said. “To me, it’s like, I should’ve tried harder. I should’ve tried to stop it. I should have done more … and I didn’t.”
While married to Jackson, Rowe worked for his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, who would prescribe strong painkillers and other drugs like Botox and Restylane to the superstar as he struggled with addiction. Despite Klein being cleared of his involvement in Jackson’s death, Rowe told TMZ, “I was basically as bad as [Klein], and I am so sorry I participated in that.”
Aside from her ex-husband, Rowe said that she also blamed herself for encouraging other people’s addictions while working for Dr. Klein. “There is a number of people that died from addictions and in some way I was part of it,” she lamented.