Inside The Unforeseen 2-Year-Long Marriage Of Lisa Marie Presley And Michael Jackson

Jun 09, 2021 by apost team

Michael Jackson is known worldwide as the 'King of Pop' for his chart-topping music, but also his eclectic style and personality. He rocked the world with hits such as "Beat It," "Thriller," "Billie Jean," and many more. While Lisa Marie Presley writes and makes her own music, she is probably more widely known for being the only daughter of actress Priscilla Presley and the famous 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' Elvis Presley. Some of Lisa Marie's hits include "Lights Out," "Over Me," and the duet, "I Love You Because." The two were stars of different times but nonetheless highly present in the tabloids and public eye as their own people, but the press coverage only amped up once they got together.

When Michael and Lisa Marie tied the knot in 1994, they shocked the world. Michael Jackson married his girlfriend, Lisa Marie Presley, in the same year that he divorced his previous wife, Debbie Rowe. Michael was in the middle of a divorce and other court allegations when Lisa Marie Presley announced their sudden marriage. Many criticized the couple for having a fake wedding based only on publicity, while others were more caught up in the spectacle of the couple's first encounter with one another. Other critics even thought that the marriage came from Michael Jackson's fixation with the legendary Elvis Presley. Either way, the two stayed together for two years until they divorced. 

Read on to learn more about the unexpected, two-year marriage, how the pair initially met, and the controversies surrounding their relationship.

Lisa Marie Presley, Michael Jackson (1994), (Patrick Robert/Sygma/CORBIS/Sygma/Getty Images)

Born on Feb. 1, 1968, Lisa Marie Presley is the only daughter of Elvis Presley, which means that her children — she has four in total — are his only grandchildren. As well as her daughter Riley Keough and late son Benjamin Keough, both of whom she had with her ex-husband Danny Keough, the 53-year-old daughter of Elvis has two other kids — 11-year-old twins Harper and Finley, whom she shares with her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood. However, just two days after her divorce from Keough, Presley married pop star Michael Jackson. 

Michael Jackson needs no introduction. Born on Aug. 29, 1958, into a family of ten children, Michael was the eighth child, and his position as one of the youngest would affect how he was treated by his father, Joe Jackson. The patriarch of the family would taunt Michael, physically and emotionally abusing him as he was one of the youngest. 

By 1964 when Michael was just six years old, he and some of his brothers formed a band named the Jackson Brothers, later changing their name to the Jackson 5. They were led by their father and began performing around the Midwest, before moving to Los Angeles in 1968, when Michael was just 10.

Their success only continued to grow, with Michael, the youngest of the group, becoming a standout. Years later, "Rolling Stone" named him "a prodigy," explaining that he "quickly emerged as the main draw and lead singer" of the Jackson 5. Years later, Michael Jackson would connect with Lisa Marie Presley, and then more time would pass before they would get married.

Lisa Marie Presley, Michael Jackson (1995), (Steve Starr/CORBIS/Corbis/Getty Images)

In 1993, Michael Jackson married Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley. Their union would only last less than two years in total, with some suggesting it was simply a publicity stunt. According to Biography, the official marriage certificate is dated May 26, 1994, from a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic. Whether the marriage was for publicity or not, the idea was highly refuted by the couple. According to The Mirror, the couple even took to TV to deny allegations that the marriage wasn't true love. An outraged Michael Jackson exclaimed, "like we're faking this?" Presley added:

"How can you fake this 24 hours a day - sleeping with somebody, waking up with somebody? I'm not going to marry somebody for any reason other than the fact that I fall in love with them."

Another peculiar fact about their marriage was that Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley met as children. When Lisa Marie was just seven years old, she was tagging along with her father, Elvis Presley, to a concert in Las Vegas. This was where she first met Jackson, and although he was an entire decade older than her, he made a long-lasting impression. 

Years later, when the couple was married, they disputed about having children. According to an interview with Lisa Marie by Oprah, Michael wanted Lisa Marie to have his baby ever since the day they said their vows. Lisa Marie told Oprah:

"I did want to, but I just wanted to make sure. I was looking into the future and thinking, 'I don't ever want to get into a custody battle with him.'"

Lisa Marie Presley, Michael Jackson (1994), (Stephane Cardinale/Sygma/Getty Images)

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