"It wasn't going to mean anything": Why Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley.

On May 26, 1994, Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley in a secret wedding in the Dominican Republic.

It was a match made in music heaven – Michael Jackson, ‘The King of Pop’ and Elvis Presley’s only daughter, ‘The Princess of Rock ‘n Roll’.

When the couple’s relationship finally went public with Jackson kissing Presley on stage at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards, the pair’s union was dubbed by many as “The Marriage of the Century”.

“I am very much in love with Michael, I dedicate my life to being his wife,” Presley said in a statement confirming their marriage.

“I understand and support him. 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.”

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Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley kiss on stage at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards. Image: Getty.

But according to new reports, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley's short-lived relationship may not have been what it seemed after all.

Speaking in newly-released documentary Leaving Neverland, Jackson's accuser James Safechuck alleged that Jackson married Presley so that the public wouldn't get suspicious about his close friendships with young children.

"I remember Michael saying he was going to have to have these public relationships with women so people wouldn't think anything," James said in the documentary.

"He would always say he was going to get married. He said, 'One day, I am going to go get married but it wasn't going to mean anything.'"

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Jackson and Presley's wedding came just one year after Jordan Chandler accused Jackson of child abuse in the first public allegations against the singer.

Chandler's father Evan Chandler reportedly became suspicious of Jackson after the performer stayed in a hotel room with his 12-year-old son.


The investigation failed to produce enough evidence to file criminal charges against Jackson, but the 'Thriller' singer settled with the Chandler family out of court for US$23 million.

Although Lisa Marie Presley hasn't yet commented on the allegations aired in Leaving Neverland, she was one of Jackson's strongest supporters while he was dealing with Chandler's allegations.

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In J. Randy Taraborrelli's book about Jackson, The Magic And The Madness, Presley claimed that she believed he was wrongly accused.

"I believed he didn't do anything wrong, and that he was wrongly accused and, yes, I started falling for him. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it," she said.

It's believed Presley encouraged Jackson to check into rehab after the very public court case as the stress reportedly led him to begin self-medicating.

Unlike other aspects of Jackson's predominately private life, Jackson and Presely's two-year marriage was highly publicised.

From their kiss on stage at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards to their naked appearance in Jackson's music video for his song 'You Are Not Alone', the pair seemingly paraded their marriage.

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Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson's marriage lasted just two years. Image: Getty.

In 1995, the couple even sat down for a televised interview with Diane Sawyer, in which Sawyer questioned Presley about the child sex allegations against her husband.

Defending Jackson, Presley described her husband's interactions with children.

"They [the children] don't even let him go to the bathroom without running in there with him... when he jumps in the bed, I'm even out. He jumps in there with them," she said.

"Would you let your son, when he's 12 years old, do that?" Sawyer responded.

"If I didn't know Michael, no way. But I happen to know who he is and what he is, and I know that he's not like that. I know that he has a thing for children," Presley responded.

The very next year, Presley filed for divorce from Jackson, citing "irreconcilable differences".

Leaving Neverland is available to watch now on Ten Play.

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