Presley Hurt By Rowe Baby Taunts
LISA MARIE PRESLEY and MICHAEL JACKSON's 18-month marriage in the mid-1990s started to crumble when the King of Pop told her his friend DEBBIE ROWE had offered to have children with him.
The rocker admits she was far from shocked when her then-ex announced his new wife Rowe was carrying his first child months after he divorced Presley - because he used to taunt her with the idea while they were married.
In a revealing TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, Presley says, "I knew it was a bit of a retaliatory act on his part because I didn't have a baby and I know that she was there the whole time telling him she would do it. He would tell me... 'If you're not gonna do it, Debbie says she'll do it.'
"I was like, 'What is that? Not gonna entice me,' so we would get into arguments because that really wasn't how to handle it - but that's how he knew how to handle it."
And Presley admits those arguments were the beginning of the end for the marriage: "I understand him so well now but, at that time, I was hurt and I did things that hurt him."
She reveals that her closeness with her former husband Danny Keogh, who she had two children with, was a big issue for Jackson.
Presley explains, "I was very torn because I broke up my family and I left my husband for Michael... While I was with Michael I was still trying to process what I had done... I felt, 'How could I have done that to somebody...?'
"Danny was still very much part of my life and Michael didn't know what to do with that sometimes and that made him uncomfortable. I would take a vacation and Danny would go and Michael would get upset.. and then he would disappear for a couple of weeks and I couldn't find him.
"We hit rough waters and we would argue - three-day arguments sometimes, taking a break to eat and sleep. I'd have to say that I really admire that he really gave it (our marriage) a good shot. I didn't appreciate it then and I wish I did."