I’ve never much cared for Michael Jackson, and I am certainly glad of one thing about him. Decades ago, the media bestowed the title “King of Pop” on Jackson. If the media had taken away Elvis’ title as the “King of Rock and Roll” and given it to Michael Jackson, I would have been very upset. I hope the autopsy doesn’t reveal Jackson had a system full of prescription drugs when he died. We can do without the endless comparisons to Elvis that would result.
I never figured on writing about Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson in ElvisBlog, so I never accumulated much about them in my files of possible story ideas. However, with Jackson’s passing yesterday, it was time to dig up something to write. Within minutes of hearing the news about Michael Jackson passing, I was on the computer gathering information for this article.
I was particularly pleased to find six photos of the happily married couple. They were posted at 7:38 last night. By midnight, ElvisBlog had more hits than on any day since Elvis Week, when interest is always high. Google did a great job bringing people to the site. Then, Lisa Marie made a public statement about Jackson’s death, and all the news and entertainment websites picked it up. Now, ElvisBlog is way down the list of sites on the Google list about Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie. Oh, well.
Here is Lisa’s statement: “I am heartbroken for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me.” Words did not fail her during two appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show. During the first one, Oprah asked her to describe her marriage to Jackson, and she replied, “Holy Mother of God. It was insane.” In 2005, Oprah asked, “Do you think he loved you?” Lisa replied, “It’s hard for me to answer that question. I don’t know the answer to that, to be honest with you.” In answer to a follow up question, Lisa said Jackson loved her as much as he was capable of loving someone. Lisa also confirmed to Oprah, “It was a consummated marriage. Yeah, that’s all I have to say on it.” However, ten years earlier on ABC’s Primetime Live, Diane Sawyer wondered about the same thing. Lisa answered, “Do we have sex? Yes! Yes! Yes!”
Acording to www.whosdatingwho.com, Lisa first saw Michael Jackson when Elvis took her to a Jackson 5 concert in Las Vegas in 1975. Supposedly, they met backstage. When Lisa was sixteen, Michael asked Priscilla to meet him for dinner, and he was very insistent that she bring Lisa with her. Priscilla thought Lisa was too young and said no. Michael persisted, but Priscilla held her ground. Years later, Michael and Lisa were connected by a mutual friend. They married on May 24, 1994, at the elegant Case de Campo resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The couple kept their marriage secret for as long as they could. On August 1, 1994 they finally confirmed the rumors and announced their marriage. Lisa said, “I am very much in love with Michael. I dedicate my life to being his wife.”
Seventeen months later, Lisa Marie filed for divorce. It was finalized on August 20, 1996.
Michael Jackson’s life was pretty weird, and it spawned its share of jokes. There are even a dozen Michael/Lisa jokes listed on www.gusworld.com. Most are pretty lame, but here are two better ones:
Q – What was Lisa Marie’s newlywed complaint about Michael Jackson?
A – He leaves the lid off the mascara, causing it to dry out.
Q – What did Elvis say after seeing Michael and Lisa Marie on television?
A – “Boy, that’s a relief. I thought she married a black guy.”
Likewise, www.getback.com had an interesting comment on the question, “How did Michael Jackson get Lisa Marie Presley to marry him?” They offered this list of perks: Neverland, a house that actually trumps Graceland; a pet chimp (named Bubbles); and the bones of the Elephant Man.
Now, maybe the jokes will stop. Rest in peace, Michael.
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