Strip clubs[ edit ] Jackson's father Joseph had his sons play in strip clubs, despite the boys' strict religion From a young age, Jackson was exposed to sex. He received mixed messages on the subject from his parents. His mother Katherine was a devout Jehovah's Witness and conveyed her thoughts clearly; lust in thought or deed was sinful outside of marriage, and physical intimacy should be saved for marriage.
In contrast to his wife, father Joseph , a steel mill worker, shunned the religion and would have The Jackson 5 perform at strip clubs and seedy bars in the earliest days of their career.
In one incident, a fascinated Michael watched as an apparently big breasted female removed all but her underwear. The stripper then proceeded to reach into her bra, removing two large oranges and the wig from her head, to reveal that the person he thought was a female was not a woman at all.
They would take turns watching the women and, as Marlon recalled, "learned everything there was to know about ladies". Joseph Jackson would instruct a young Michael to make his way into the audience, crawl under tables, lift up ladies' skirts and peek at their panties as part of the performance.
Katherine remained unaware of her sons' strip club activities for many years. Randy Taraborrelli reflected on Jackson's early life and noted that at such a young age, the singer may not have been psychologically equipped to fully understand any sexual stimulation he may have received from such voyeuristic events. The writer further commented that Jackson's views on sex must have been conflicted between those of his religiously strict mother and his more libertine and promiscuous father.
As they toured the country, they had sex with many female fans. Their guide was their father Joseph, who would often organize and arrange sexual encounters for his sons as well as cheat on his wife Katherine with their sons' groupies. The two brothers would bring girls back to a hotel room, where younger siblings Michael and Marlon were instructed to "play sleep". As he climaxed, he shuddered so loudly I was afraid he would wake up Michael and Marlon, who were sleeping three feet away in the next bed.
Or at least I thought they were sleeping. Now, can we please get some sleep? In addition to not touching groupies, Jackson reportedly never had an interest in having any type of sex as a youngster. In one alleged incident, when he was 15 years old, a male family member arranged for two prostitutes to take his virginity. They were told to "work him over", before being locked in a room with him. The girls left in tears.
It was at these times that women would be introduced to him for companionship. McField asserted that he never witnessed anything sexual, and that such females were not Jackson's type; "He liked nice girls, pure girls who appeared to have no street background.
One Jackson fan recalled being selected from the audience to meet with Jackie. Backstage, she was handed a scrap of paper with an address to the location in which they were to meet. Michael approached her from behind and warned her that his brothers did not treat women right and that his brother only wanted to use her for sex. Changing the subject, the female fan asked for the pop star's autograph, which request he obliged in addition to writing, "Please, don't go".
The woman ignored Michael's request and headed to the Jacksons' apartment complex, where she had sex with Jackie. Afterward, Jackie informed the woman that they would not meet again. Ashamed and upset, the fan left the apartment in tears. There, the pop star interrogated the sex worker , asking why she was a prostitute, whether she wanted to have sex with him, and how much it would cost. The woman responded that she was a prostitute for the money, but that she would have sex with him for free because she wanted him.
The prostitute then proceeded to unbutton her blouse, exposing her breasts. Apparently repulsed, Jackson turned his head and begged her to "put them back". Instead, she gave Jackson her telephone number, urging him to call her when he wanted to "get off". Jackson acknowledged the prostitute as she left, stating that he would perhaps call her one day, though he never did. Their friendship was established by the time O'Neal was 12 and Jackson was 17, and featured in gossip columns for several years after.
According to Jackson, the incident happened at her home, where she attempted to unbutton his shirt and talked explicitly about sex. O'Neal's behavior apparently proved too much for Jackson, who became scared and covered his face, before she walked away. When confronted with the allegation, O'Neal claimed to have been "just as shocked as everyone else". She stated that while having respect for Jackson as an artist and a person, he had "a very vivid imagination".
The actress described his statements as "inaccurate"; "at 12 years old, there was no way she was capable of being as mature or as sophisticated as he claimed". In the book, she claimed it was Jackson who attempted to make out with her. The actress wrote, "I was just 12 and not at all ready for a real-life encounter[ He jumped up nervously and said, 'Uh And that one time they had a "jam session" at her house where he played the drums and her brother played guitar. She said the relationship ended when she was 12, after he asked her to go to the premiere of The Wiz with him, but her agent disapproved, "maybe because they thought he wasn't a big enough star yet", and she did what she was told because she was a child.
He described holding hands with her: It was the most magical thing. It was better than kissing her, it was better than anything. I remember we went to this club, and I don't go to clubs, which was called the Roxy. And I was watching the band, I was sitting there, and underneath the table, she was holding my hand, and I was, like melting.
She held your hand and you felt love? But that means nothing to kids today. She grew up too fast. She wasn't into innocence, and I love that. And I was naive. She wanted to do everything and I didn't want to have sex at all. Speaking in , she reflected that they were close because sex was never an issue for them.
She said, "he was like a little kid who talked about the bases — what first base was, what second base was" — and his curiosity was understandable given his guarded life.
Shields was "one of the loves of my life. I just wished she loved me as much as I loved her", and, they "dated a lot. He recalled his happiness when they first met in He was at the 53rd Academy Awards with Diana Ross , and Shields walked up and introduced herself; then at the after-party she asked him to dance with her. They exchanged numbers, and he "was up all night, singing, spinning around my room, just so happy. The suggestions were met with disapproval from Shields, who felt such a move would have "divided [her] life too much".
Shields claimed that in the singer's last years "it was harder to get the right number to get through to him". Michael always knew he could count on me to support him or be his date and that we would have fun no matter where we were. We had a bond Both of us needed to be adults very early, but when we were together, we were two little kids having fun.
Lisa Marie was six at the time, and had been brought to the hotel to watch a show by The Jackson 5, of whom she was a big fan. The young girl was particularly fascinated by lead singer Michael Jackson and his talent at dancing.
Knowing that Presley had been looking for help within the music industry, Strong had her play tapes for Jackson, who was impressed with Presley's voice. The pair talked for the remainder of the night, until it was time for Jackson to leave.
At this point, according to Strong, the entertainer gave Presley, who was still married at the time, a penetrating look and said in a conspiratorial voice, "You and me, we could get into a lot of trouble. Think about that, girl. The two came to realize they had much in common: Presley was raised in Graceland , while Jackson lived at Neverland. In , he became the subject of child sexual abuse accusations and Presley, along with a few others, was there for emotional support.
Michael would call Presley from overseas as he embarked upon the second leg of the Dangerous World Tour and the child abuse investigation intensified. During such telephone conversations, Presley attempted to reverse Jackson's sadness with humor and advice. Presley later recalled that she believed in the musician's innocence and that she could "save him". He subsequently did both. 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.
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. 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".