Lisa Marie Presley was pronounced dead on January 12, 2023, after going into cardiac arrest. The 54-year-old was best known for being the only daughter of Elvis Presley, but she made headlines in 1994 when she married the King of Pop: Michael Jackson. Much of the pop star’s life was overshadowed by her difficult childhood with father Joe Jackson and then by all the speculation and accusations surrounding her later years. She’s only been in one serious relationship in her entire life and Lisa Marie has talked about how they really loved each other. However, within a few months of his wedding, Michael began making some horrible demands of his young wife.
There were and still are many reasons why people struggled to accept the union of the King of Pop and the King’s daughter.
Aside from Michael’s obvious fascination with Elvis and the need to silence the growing allegations about his relationships with young children, Lisa Marie also entered the marriage with her own struggles.
When they married on May 26, 1994, Lisa Marie had only been officially divorced for 20 days from her first husband, Danny Keough. She also had two young children: four-year-old Danielle Riley and baby Ben.
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Lisa Marie later said that she wanted children with Michael: “I just wanted to make sure.
“I was looking to the future and thinking, ‘I never want to have a custody battle with him. I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to go toe-to-toe with him, so I need to make sure everything is okay.
“I had children and I knew that when you bring children in certain circumstances, you have to make sure everything is safe and okay.
“And I wanted to make sure that he and I were very, very close because we were going to face a lot of things.”
However, Michael had plans of his own and was prepared to do anything to make it happen.
Michael told Lisa Marie that he had another woman ready to have his children, Debbie Rowe, who worked for Michael’s dermatologist, Arnold Klein.
Lisa Marie said: “I know she (Rowe) was there the whole time telling him she would do it. He would tell me, ‘If you’re not going to do it, Debbie said she will.'”
“And we would get into arguments because that was not how it was handled. But that’s how he knew how to handle it: ‘If you’re not going to do it, this person is going to do it. Are you going to do it or not? ?'”
The marriage soon collapsed under all the strain of their arguments and Lisa Marie’s growing unhappiness with Michael’s lifestyle, which she felt echoed her father’s in the worst and most excessive ways.
Lisa Marie filed for divorce in January 1996 and within months, Michael announced that Debbie Rowe was pregnant in October. They married in November and Prince Michael was born in February 1997.
Years later, Lisa Marie still believes the speed was partly directed at her: “I knew it was a retaliatory act on her part because she didn’t have a baby.”
Michael also fathered a daughter Paris with Debbie and had a third child, youngest son Blanket, with a surrogate mother.
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