It's hard to believe that nearly a decade has passed since Michael Jackson passed away on a summer night in Believe it or not, I went to school with him (Montclair Prep in Sepulveda CA). He was 12, and in 7th grade, and I was 16 and in 11th grade. In , a year-old Michael Jackson—who would later be dubbed "The King of Pop"—was introduced for the first.
Everyone was standing in line to meet him. He was very patient and sweet despite the numerous people and downright chaos. I particularly remember people outside the restaurant's locked glass doors banging and shouting to get in to see him. I saw poised beauty queens turn outright giddy in a matter of seconds of just seeing him. Everyone around him was talking loudly and screaming, not only for his attention, but because they were impressed. I felt a natural high and an excitement that rivaled Christmas and birthdays.
Energy and excitement radiates from Michael! As he walked outside to a waiting car, hundreds of fans were gathered.
As his car drove off, I saw two women pass out. His kids, wearing spiderman masks, were with him along with an entourage of about 10 people.
Michael talked with everyone and it took him hours to slowly walk out of the restaurant to the limo outside. He signed autographs and gave hugs. He was very relaxed and seemed genuinely happy.
I actually wasn't a huge Jackson fan, besides knowing him and appreciating his music, until I met him my junior year in high school and since then I defended him during the next years. When I met him he was nothing like those reports you see on T. After a pause, Jackson exclaimed that he had to use the bathroom. Having apparently relieved himself, the singer explained to his new fiancee that his love for her was genuine and she had to believe him.
The union was conducted in Spanish and translated for Presley and Jackson by an attorney. Eva Darling, Presley's friend, served as a witness along with Thomas Keough, her ex-husband's brother. The wedding was kept secret from them, Jackson's family, and Presley's mother Priscilla. However, Gotham Chopra recalled that Jackson called him "in a panic" on his wedding night and asked if he had any "sex advice", wanting "to make sure that Lisa was impressed with his 'moves.Michael Jackson meets Princess Diana & Prince Charles
Presley-Jackson issued a statement: My marriage to Michael Jackson took place in a private ceremony outside the United States 11 weeks ago. It was not formally announced until now for several reasons; foremost being that we are both very private people living in the glare of the public media. We both wanted a private marriage ceremony without the distraction of a media circus. I am very much in love with Michael, I dedicate my life to being his wife. I understand and support him.
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We both look forward to raising a family and living happy, healthy lives together. We hope friends and fans will understand and respect our privacy. Defying the initial thoughts of some of the public, Presley did not move into Jackson's home upon getting married.
Randy Taraborrelli, this was due to her wanting to remain independent, as well as Presley's children Danielle and Benjamin finding their new stepfather "a little strange". Holding hands, the couple walked onto the stage in New York.
In front of a television audience of million, Jackson announced, "Just think, nobody thought this would last", before embracing Presley in a kiss. The male pop singer reasoned that the liplock, which was dubbed "The Kiss of the Century", would be talked about for decades, with people playing the clip over and over.
Newspaper reports had been suggesting that if Elvis were alive, he would not approve of his daughter's marriage.
Presley felt the idea was tasteless and, upon Jackson's continuing to push the idea, warned, "If you stay on this particular road, they're gonna need a medium to contact you in the Great Beyond, because I'm about to put you there, right now.
Presley's friend Monica Pastelle revealed that it was at this point that Presley began to wonder whether she had made a mistake in choosing Jackson as a long-term partner. Though she never believed he was a pedophile —"I wouldn't have let him near my kids if I thought that"—she felt her husband was only opening himself up to more rumor and innuendo following the allegations.
Upon being called selfish, Jackson pointed to his humanitarian endeavors. Presley countered that his philanthropy was irrelevant, that the issue was about them. Imagining the future and what would happen if the marriage ended, Presley saw a "custody battle nightmare". Jackson explained to his wife over breakfast one morning that she did not have to be the biological mother if she so desired. He explained, "My friend Debbie [Rowe] said she will get pregnant and have my baby.
If you won't do it, then she will. Presley arrived to meet her ill husband, and yet another heated debate ensued.
The argument ended after Jackson warned her that she was making his heart rate go up and asked her to leave.
She obliged, and was admonished by a doctor and Jackson's mother Katherine along the way. Upon being discharged from the hospital, Jackson went to Disneyland Paris to recover. Past, Present and Future, Book Iwhich album contained the song " You Are Not Alone ", whose music video featured a semi-nude Presley and Jackson frolicking against an ethereal backdrop.
At the time, "The Princess of Rock 'n' Roll" revealed that she had no wish to write a memoir; the singer still had respect for Jackson and did not want to speak critically of him. Presley also wanted to preserve her own dignity and keep their life together private. Despite the plastic surgeries and maddening friendships with boys, and all the rest of the eccentric behavior that goes into making Michael Jackson such a strange individual, he is still a human being with emotions, feelings and a beating heart - and, somehow, Lisa Marie Presley was the one to truly touch it, to truly affect him.
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Randy Taraborrelli, The Magic and the Madness  The divorce proved difficult for Jackson, who spent several weeks lamenting his loss. Presley was the first person with whom he had connected on such a high level.
She had supported him as he faced allegations and became dependent on pain medication. It was also the first time that the pop singer had had a sexual chemistry with another. At the time, Jackson was afraid there would never be another who made him feel the way his ex-wife had.
He eventually realized he had to move on; he had a world tour coming up and music to work on. Jackson also knew that Presley would never make him a father, which he longed to be. According to Presley, the last "coherently good conversation" she had with Jackson was in Rowe treated Jackson's vitiligowhich he had been diagnosed with in and which would affect his physical appearance for the remainder of his life.
The pair became good friends; the pop star frequently sent autographed merchandise to the woman, who hung it on the walls of her office. According to her friend Tanya Boyd, Rowe would obsess over Jackson. She would say to her friend, "If people knew him like I knew him, they would not think he was strange.
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He's unique, kinky, actually. Rowe and Jackson would both talk to each other about their unhappy marriages; his with Presley and hers with Edelman, a teacher at Hollywood High School. Like Jackson's first wife, Rowe supported the entertainer when he was accused of child sexual abuse.
Jackson kept his friendship with Rowe a secret from his wife, who eventually found out but thought nothing of it; she felt Rowe was not her husband's type because she was not glamorous enough. Shortly after Presley and Jackson's separation, Rowe became pregnant but suffered a miscarriage in March The event devastated Rowe, who feared she would never be able to have a baby. Jackson comforted and consoled Rowe throughout the ordeal, which remained hidden from the media and public.
One month into the tour and several months after his divorce from Presley, Jackson's personal life made headlines as it was revealed that Debbie Rowe was pregnant with his child. Rowe reacted furiously to the publication, labeling the editorial staff "bastards" and complaining that they reported the story as if she and Jackson were freaks.
Randy Taraborrelli later noted that the article, which had been put together from a secret tape recording between Rowe and a friend, had been fairly accurate.
It detailed that Jackson was the father of the baby and that he would be raising the child alone. It also stated that Jackson impregnated Rowe artificially with his own sperm cellsa "foolproof" method of insemination.
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Further reports alleged that the relationship was an "economic" one; she was in it for the money and he sought a baby. Despite the denials, it was noted that Rowe had received millions of dollars from Jackson as "gifts" over the years. Katherine did not want her son to be like his father, who had produced an illegitimate child with a woman while married to Michael's mother. Katherine first spoke on the telephone to Rowe about the sanctity of marriage and about the Jehovah's Witness faith.
She later spoke to Jackson, telling him to marry "that nice girl, Debbie" and "give your child a name, not like your poor, half-sister, Joh'Vonnie". The words resonated with the musician, who did not want to repeat his father's sins. Jackson intended to issue a statement following the birth that the identity of the mother was a secret, in the same way that the identities of many surrogates are protected. Katherine's involvement, however, influenced Jackson to call Rowe and ask her to meet him in Australia, where he was staying, as soon as she could.
There, the entertainer announced his plans for them to wed the next day. The night before the wedding, Jackson had called Presley, who gave him and Rowe her blessing.
In front of 15 friends, the pair exchanged vows at the hotel. An 8-year-old boy named Anthony, who was Jackson's nephew, served as the best man during the ceremony. For the occasion, Jackson had put special effort into his appearance. Some commentators believed Jackson was marrying a person he did not love, and Rowe was having a baby who may not have been biologically Jackson's.
The Daily Mirrora British tabloid newspaper, published a photograph of Rowe on the balcony of an Australian hotel. In it, she is seen holding her head in her hands. One Jackson biographer stated that the woman's dismayed and exasperated pose was most probably due to the excessive presence of paparazzi below.
The Daily Mirror, however, ran the photograph while mockingly proclaiming, "Oh, God! I've Just Married Michael Jackson. He was subsequently taken by his father to Neverland Ranch. Prince's mother recuperated at a friend's house upon her release from the hospital. She had met with Jackson to pose for photographs with their newborn son at a hotel. Upon arriving, Rowe was ushered into the hotel room, where she was given the infant to hold and told to smile for the camera with Michael.
Afterward, she was sent on her way. Rowe did not want to become too attached to Prince, as she felt it would make her situation harder to deal with. According to one nanny who worked at the Californian ranch, Prince Michael's mother was not a significant presence in the child's early life. Her middle names come from Michael and his mother, Katherine. Rowe later confirmed that Jackson had the placenta frozen.
An official for the Pope informed Jackson by letter that the leader of the Catholic Church would not participate in what may be perceived as a publicity stunt.
They concluded that despite coming to the end of married life, they would continue to remain friends. The eldest two were born by Debbie Rowe. Following the divorce, Jackson would go on to have a third child. Prince Michael II was born on February 21,to an unnamed surrogate mother. Jackson stated that the baby was produced through artificial insemination using his own sperm cells. He further said that he did not know the mother, and she did not know him, and that in asking for a surrogate mother, he did not care how old she was or what race she was.
It did, however, matter to him that she was intelligent, healthy, and had uncorrected eyesight. It's not that they are not my children, but I had them because I wanted him to be a father.
People make remarks, 'I can't believe she left her children. I left my children? I did not leave my children. My children are with their father, where they are supposed to be. I didn't do it to be a mother