Aspiring actress Paris Jackson, 15, and her biological mother Debbie Rowe were spotted together out for lunch at Fire Island Grill in Palmdale, Calif. on Sunday ( April 28). After their get together, Paris posted a photo via Instagram with the caption, “<3.”
For years, Rowe, Michael Jackson‘s ex-wife and also the mother of 16-year-old Prince Jackson, was out of the picture. The former dermatology nurse – who was married to Jackson from 1996 to 1999 – gave her popstar husband sole custody of the kids in their divorce settlement.
Rowe was awarded $8 million in the settlement and, except for occasional visits with her children, did not have contact with the famous family. She settled in Palmdale, about an hour outside Los Angeles.
But now, during Jackson’s multi-million dollar wrongful death trial, Rowe has resurfaced, and sources say she is becoming close to her long-lost daughter.
In recent weeks, Rowe has been spotted with Paris Jackson – watching her perform in her school play, taking her out to lunch, and hosting her at her Palmdale ranch. Once alienated from her former in-laws, Rowe has the blessing of Paris’s grandmother, Katherine Jackson, who sees her as a good influence.
“Paris has been going through a lot of teenage angst and feels a little bit unloved,” a source tells PEOPLE. “So about three months ago Paris reached out to her mother and told her she wanted to establish a relationship with her. Debbie was open to it, and Katherine Jackson is supportive of the developing relationship.”
“She’s enjoyed telling friends in L.A. how she’s helping take care of a pregnant mare on the ranch, and even how she was recently chased by a chicken,” the insider adds.
“Right now Paris is happy with the situation as it is,” says the source. “It’s even looking like at some point Paris will want to move in with Debbie.”
But big brother Prince has not embraced their biological mother.
“He has anger issues with her,” shares the source. “He feels like she abandoned him years ago.”
Rowe is not the mother of Jackson’s third child, Blanket, 11, who was born to a still-unidentified surrogate mother in 2002.View Slideshow »»