Was Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley’s marriage real? 19 years after Elvis’ only daughter saw The Jackson 5 perform, the pair eloped – but what did Donald Trump have to do with their romance?
While the film depicts Elvis’s life and music, some of the public’s biggest fascinations with the Jailhouse Rock singer are the individuals in his life who were closest to him. Of Elvis’ kin, there is arguably no one more fascinating than Lisa Marie Presley, his only child.
So, what is known about this legendary coupling? We take a closer look.
How and when they met
According to Biography.com, Lisa Marie was seven years old when, in 1975, she first encountered Michael Jackson who was performing as part of The Jackson 5 in Las Vegas. A decade older than Lisa Marie, Michael made a significant impression on her.
Without missing a beat, she replied, “I would do it.”
Their secret Caribbean ceremony
Presley got divorced from musician Danny Keough in 1994. Less than a month later, she and Jackson married in a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic.
As per People, a Dominican judge confirmed the wedding date as May 26. Though the couple made no initial wedding announcements, on August 1st Presley released a statement confirming the marriage: “My married name is Mrs Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson … My marriage to Michael Jackson took place in a private ceremony outside the United States weeks ago … I am very much in love with Michael, I dedicate my life to being his wife. I understand and support him. We both look forward to raising a family.”
The wedding couple reportedly both wore black, with Jackson donning in a bolero jacket, cowboy belt and flamenco hat.
The connection they shared
In a now famous 2010 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Presley said, “I loved taking care of him … It was the highest point in my life, when things were going really well, and he and I were united … It was a very profound time of my life.”
The break-up and substance abuse issues
Despite the affection between them, the marriage lasted less than two years, and by January 1996, Presley had filed for divorce. In the Oprah interview, Presley shared intimate details from her time with the late singer, recounting why their marriage collapsed.
Presley stated, “I had to make the decision to walk because I saw the drugs and doctors were coming in and they scared me and that put me back into what I went through with my father and that ended it.”
“He had to make a decision,” she continued – “was it the drugs and the vampires or me? And he pushed me away.”
They remained close even years after divorcing
“We were going to get back together,” she explained to Oprah, “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.”
Still, by 2001, Presley and Jackson were estranged. Then in 2005, in an unexpected emotional call for help, Jackson contacted Presley.
“He was trying to find out where I was at and how I could become so detached. Then the final part of the conversation was him telling me that he felt that someone was going to try to kill him to get a hold of his catalogue and his estate.”
- Presley was just 7 when she first saw Michael Jackson on stage; 19 years later the pair spent time at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, and not long after, they married in secret
- Many were sceptical of the union’s timing and authenticity given the lawsuits against Jackson at the time, but Presley later professed to Oprah Winfrey their love was real