When news of Michael Jackson’s death spread around the world on Thursday, one of the people to take the news the hardest was his ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley. In the Daily Mail today, longtime Jackson friend and confidant, J. Randy Taraborrelli, shares some intimate details of their short-lived marriage, including some TMI about their sex life. He writes: “From my conversations with both Michael and Lisa, I am convinced this marriage was not a sham. And, according to Lisa herself, Jackson was a wonderful lover. He was, she said, ‘very hot’ in bed.” The lengthy article is worth reading in its entirety, but after the jump are some of the more interesting quotes, plus Lisa Marie’s own words from her MySpace page about her relationship with the King of Pop.
From their very first date, at a dinner party staged by a mutual friend, Michael and Lisa hit it off. Raised at her father’s impregnable home, Graceland, she had much in common with the world’s most famous pop star, cloistered away in Neverland. Both had been sheltered from the real world, missed out on their childhoods and were mistrustful of outsiders. They believed they were soul mates. Michael was openly flirtatious, and Lisa was impressed by his private candour and normality. As they talked, she began to feel she was seeing the real Michael, the man behind the mask. His sexuality, admittedly, still seemed ambiguous, but he was soon kissing her fairly passionately. She was certainly attracted to him. Lisa liked strange guys, with an edge. And who had more of an edge than Michael?
They were soon married and quickly began trying to conceive a baby, which, of course, meant they had to have sex. But Taraborrelli says their sex life was very real and very passionate, if, albeit, a bit odd. He writes:
He and Lisa appear to have had an intense and active sex life. She told a friend that he was ‘hot stuff in bed’ and ‘amazing’ – and she should know, the friend added, because ‘she’s been around’. Nevertheless, some of his habits were a little odd. ‘Michael liked her to wear jewellery in bed. They were into role-playing games, although Lisa would never say who was playing what kind of role. ‘The first time, she went to turn on the lights afterwards, and he leapt out of bed and ran into the bathroom so she wouldn’t see his body. He emerged 20 minutes later, in full make-up and wearing a silk robe. Then they went at it again.
The make-up thing didn’t end there, of course. “Throughout their marriage, she never saw him without his make-up,” Taraborrelli says. “When they slept together, in the morning she’d find his pillow smeared with it. ‘Lisa would try to surprise him by waking early and tapping him on the shoulder,’ a friend recalled. ‘He would shriek “No, don’t look!” and scamper to the bathroom.’”
What became even weirder than the make-up thing and more difficult for Lisa Marie to deal with was Jackson’s continuing to have sleepovers with young boys despite the sexual abuse allegations against him. Eventually, she came to the realization that she didn’t want to raise a family with him and when Jackson told her he found someone else who would give him the children he desperately wanted if she wouldn’t, Lisa Marie said, “‘That’s fine with me. Tell her to go ahead and do it.” They were divorced soon after and Jackson’s friend, Debbie Rowe, married him and bore him two children.
In a blog post on her Myspace page, Lisa Marie says Jackson “knew” he would die the same way her famous father did. She also expresses her grief over Jackson’s sudden death, and explains a little more about the unique relationship with a man she says she desperately wanted to “save.” She writes:
Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general.
I can’t recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my Fathers Death.
At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, “I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did.”
I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.
14 years later I am sitting here watching on the news an ambulance leaves the driveway of his home, the big gates, the crowds outside the gates, the coverage, the crowds outside the hospital, the Cause of death and what may have led up to it and the memory of this conversation hit me, as did the unstoppable tears.
A predicted ending by him, by loved ones and by me, but what I didn’t predict was how much it was going to hurt when it finally happened.
The person I failed to help is being transferred right now to the LA County Coroners office for his Autopsy.
All of my indifference and detachment that I worked so hard to achieve over the years has just gone into the bowels of hell and right now I am gutted.
I am going to say now what I have never said before because I want the truth out there for once.
Our relationship was not “a sham” as is being reported in the press. It was an unusual relationship yes, where two unusual people who did not live or know a “Normal life” found a connection, perhaps with some suspect timing on his part. Nonetheless, I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much.
I wanted to “save him” I wanted to save him from the inevitable which is what has just happened.
His family and his loved ones also wanted to save him from this as well but didn’t know how and this was 14 years ago. We all worried that this would be the outcome then.
At that time, In trying to save him, I almost lost myself.
He was an incredibly dynamic force and power that was not to be underestimated.
When he used it for something good, It was the best and when he used it for something bad, It was really, REALLY bad.
Mediocrity was not a concept that would even for a second enter Michael Jackson’s being or actions.
I became very ill and emotionally/ spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him.
I was in over my head while trying.
I had my children to care for, I had to make a decision.
The hardest decision I have ever had to make, which was to walk away and let his fate have him, even though I desperately loved him and tried to stop or reverse it somehow.
After the Divorce, I spent a few years obsessing about him and what I could have done different, in regret.
Then I spent some angry years at the whole situation.
At some point, I truly became Indifferent, until now.
As I sit here overwhelmed with sadness, reflection and confusion at what was my biggest failure to date, watching on the news almost play by play The exact Scenario I saw happen on August 16th, 1977 happening again right now with Michael (A sight I never wanted to see again) just as he predicted, I am truly, truly gutted.
Any ill experience or words I have felt towards him in the past has just died inside of me along with him.
He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together.
I desperately hope that he can be relieved from his pain, pressure and turmoil now. He deserves to be free from all of that and I hope he is in a better place or will be.
I also hope that anyone else who feels they have failed to help him can be set free because he hopefully finally is.
The World is in shock but somehow he knew exactly how his fate would be played out some day more than anyone else knew, and he was right. I really needed to say this right now, thanks for listening.
It’s all so very sad and disturbing, isn’t it?