Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley

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michaelandlisa3_medMichael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married on May 26, 1994 in De La Vega, Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It was the second marriage for Presley, 27, and the first for the 37-year-old Jackson. Presley had divorced her first husband, Danny Keough just 20 days before.

Jackson and Presley first met in 1975 during one of Jackson’s family engagements at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and were reconnected through a mutual friend in early 1993. They stayed in contact every day over the telephone. As child molestation accusations became public, Jackson became dependent on Lisa Marie for emotional support; she was concerned about his faltering health and addiction to drugs. Lisa Marie explained, “I believed he didn’t do anything wrong and that he was wrongly accused and yes I started falling for him. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it.” In a phone call he made to her, she described him as high, incoherent and delusional. Shortly afterwards, she tried to persuade Jackson to settle the allegations out of court and go into rehabilitation to recover—he subsequently did both.

Jackson proposed to Lisa Marie over the telephone towards the fall of 1993, saying, “If I asked you to marry me, would you do it?”. Presley and Jackson married in the Dominican Republic in secrecy; the parties denied they had been married for nearly two months. The marriage was, in her words, “a married couple’s life … that was sexually active”. At the time, the tabloid media speculated that the wedding was a ploy to prop up Jackson’s public image in light of prior sexual abuse allegations.

In 1995, Presley appeared in nothing but a towel around her waist in the music video for his song “You Are Not Alone”. It was one of the few instances where their affection for one another was exhibited in public.

“Just think — nobody thought this would last,” Michael Jackson had said on his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley. Turns out that everybody was right after all.

Barely 20 months, on December 10, 1995, the self-proclaimed king of pop and the only child of American rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley took their wedding vows, the couple seprated and the marriage was over. Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences,

In 2005, Presley was considered as a witness for Jackson’s trial after he had been charged with child molestation. She was reported to have said, “I saw things I couldn’t do anything about”. Later she released a statement saying that she never saw her then-husband engage in “improper behavior with children”. Jackson was found not guilty of the charges.

A day after Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, Lisa Marie Presley stated at People.com, “I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much … I became very ill and emotionally/spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him. I was in over my head while trying … He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together.” – adapted from multiple sources

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