Pop icons 'fess up: Elvis' daughter, Jackson married

August 02, 1994|By Karen Heller | Karen Heller,Knight-Ridder News Service

Lisa Marie Presley, the sole child of one of the two biggest, weirdest pop stars in music history, has gone and married the other one, Michael Jackson.

Elvis could not immediately be reached for comment.

His daughter confirmed yesterday what, despite rumors all summer, no one could believe: She has given her hand to the Gloved One.

In a year made in tabloid heaven, an endless season of scandals involving a malicious skater and murdering brothers, Bobbitts and Broncos, the union of Graceland and Neverland may be hard to top.

"My married name is Mrs. Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson. My marriage to Michael Jackson took place in a private ceremony outside the United States 11 weeks ago," Elvis' daughter said in a statement issued yesterday. Mr. Jackson's publicists had denied the merger since spring.

Judge Hugo Francisco Alvarez Perez of the Dominican Republican has said he married the couple May 26 in a 15-minute ceremony in Spanish in the small town of La Vega. The fee was $45. The bride, 26, wore a tight beige strapless dress, the judge said. The groom, 35, was in black, sporting a ponytail and a touch of lipstick.

"I am very much in love with Michael. I dedicate my life to being his wife," Mrs. Presley-Jackson said. "I understand and support him, we both look forward to raising a family and living a happy, healthy life together. We hope friends and fans will understand and respect our privacy."

Mrs. Presley-Jackson separated from Danny Keough in April after 4 1/2 years of marriage and two children, Danielle, 5, and Benjamin Storm, 21 months. The Dominican Republic is known for the speed of its divorce decrees.

Priscilla Presley, the "Dallas" and "Naked Gun" star and now Mr. Jackson's mother-in-law, said through a spokesman: "Please assure everyone I'm very supportive of Lisa Marie and everything she does."

Of their decision to deny the marriage until yesterday, Mrs. Presley-Jackson, who will inherit her father's fortune -- estimated at $100 million -- stated: "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."

Now they've got one.

Authorities in California have been investigating child-molestation accusations against Mr. Jackson since last summer. No formal charges have been filed. A civil suit against Mr. Jackson was filed by the father of a boy who was 13 at the time of the alleged incident. The case was settled out of court in January for a rumored $15 million.

If Elvis isn't already dead, this will surely kill him.

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