After three years of marriage and two children, Michael Jackson and his second wife, Debbie Rowe Jackson, filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday. The couple “mutually agreed to end their marriage,” said his spokesman, Howard J. Rubenstein. “Michael and Debbie remain friends, and they ask that the public respect their desire not to further comment or speculate upon the reasons for their decision.” Rubenstein declined to provide other details and said neither Jackson, 41, nor his wife would be making any statements.

  • The pop star married his wife, who was a nurse for one of his doctors, in November 1996, the same year he and Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, ended their two-year marriage. Debbie was pregnant when they wed. The couple have two children: Paris Michael Katherine, born in April 1998, and Prince, born in February 1997.