Short-Lasting Love Story: Why Michael Jackson Pushed Away Lisa Marie Presley

Date December 19, 2018

Back in the 90's, no one believed in Michael Jackson's union with Lisa Marie Presley. Most thought their marriage was arranged in order to give the king of pop some credibility, after he was accused of molesting a minor. Both Jackson and Presley denied those allegations, claiming that they are very much in love. Everybody remembers their kiss on 1994's MTV Video Music Awards; some considered it to be desperate, others decided to give them a shot.

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Unfortunately, the disbelievers were right because Michael and Lisa Marie broke up 20 months after tying the knot. So what actually happened with this unlikely couple?

Back to the beginning: How their relationship bloomed

Lisa Marie met Michael back when her father Elvis Presley introduced his daughter to Jackson 5. She was a little kid then, and they stayed in touch. At the time of their marriage, Presley was 27 years old, and Michael was 37.

Their relationship began in 1992, and after allegations against Jackson became public, he developed emotional dependency on Lisa Marie. She stated that such close connection made her fall in love with him.

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.

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For the first two months after tying the knot, the couple denied their marriage but admitted to it later on, when the evidence overwhelmed the media. Presley had two kids from her last marriage with Danny Keough. Michael welcomed her children Benjamin and  Danielle, as if they were his own.

People close to the couple constantly reassured their love for those who doubted Jackson and Presley's relationship. 

Despite such a wonderful start, their relationship didn't last. Lisa Marie filed for a divorce in 1996. Her reasoning was their personal differences.

How did Lisa Marie feel after the divorce?

During the interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lisa Marie said that she was incredibly angry with Jackson after their marriage ended. Presley revealed that Jackson chose fame and drugs above her and that hurt. She said

We were so united, and then, at some point, he pushed me out.

Today, after his passing, she said she finally understands him. Having similar experience with her father, Lisa Marie said that she knows what fame does to people.

Lisa Marie Presley prefers to keep good memories of Michael Jackson. Seems like their marriage was a real deal after all.

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