MICHAEL JACKSON was married to Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie. In an emotional confession she described heartbreaking scenes with MJ during their marriage and revealed they had kept seeing each other for years after their divorce – even following his remarriage to Debbie Rowe and the birth of their children.
Their marriage only lasted 18 months, from their May 1994 wedding to the separation in December 1995. It was widely regarded with huge scepticism both during and after its high-profile collapse. Many believed the King of Pop had only married Lisa Marie as a smokescreen against the mounting rumours and accusations surrounding his relationships with young boys.
It was also clear he was fascinated by her connection Elvis Presley. But Lisa Marie gave an emotional interview after the star’s death on June 25, 2009, which revealed a totally different side to their union. She also said that they had kept seeing each other for years after their divorce and Michael had cried as he begged her for help in 2005, a decade after their divorce.
The world only saw their brief time together, but the pair had been close for years before that. Michael had noticed her as a young woman, and then waited for her first marriage to Danny Keough to end. Even after their own divorce, he did not want to let go.
Lisa Marie told Oprah Winfrey: “We were going to get back together. We spent four more years after we divorced.. getting back together and breaking up, talking about getting back together and breaking up…
“He and I were still… I was flying all over the world still with him for years to follow.”
Michael had married Debbie Rowe and become father to Prince Michael and Paris, but there was never any indication that the relationship was anything other than a practical transaction for children.
Lisa Marie gave a powerful insight into the intensity of their love and insisted it was just as sincere on his side.
She said: “I know he’d had a few dates in his life but there was nothing profound for him in that area. He fell in love with me and I fell in love with him and it was very real…
“I have to say in retrospect that he tried so hard and went through so much with me. He’s never done that with any other female or anyone as much as we went through. We would argue, three-day arguments… I have to say that I admire he really gave it a good shot.”