Michael Jackson is dubbed the King of Pop for good reason. But his personal life was heavily scrutinized by the public.
Jackson has been famous form a young age thanks to the Jackson 5. The brothers’ father would have them perform in strip clubs while trying to make a name for themselves. Jackson was still a little kid at the time.
In 1993 and 2002 Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse. The 1993 case was settled outside of court while Jackson was acquitted of all charges from the 2003 case. In 2019 the four-hour documentary Leaving Neverland was released. Two boys, Wade Robson and James Safechuck accused Jackson of raping and abusing them. The two men went into detail on how they met Jackson and how he groomed them and their families for the alleged abuse.
Jackson’s personal life was always a tabloid favorite. Take a look at his full dating history below.
Tatum O’Neal 1970s
One of Jackson’s first public relationships was with child star Tatum O’Neal in the 1970s. They were friends when O’Neal was 12 and Jackson was 17. Later on, in 1982 Jackson said their relationship was serious, but because of their busy schedules, they parted ways.
Later in the documentary Living With Michael Jackson, Jackson alleged that at 12-years-old O’Neal tried to seduce him and was trying to unbutton his shirt one time while talking about sex. Jackson claims he became scared and covered his face so she stopped. O’Neal later denied that any of that happened and that at 12-years-old it was impossible for her to be sexually seducing someone.
LaTonya Simmons 1972
Jackson met LaTonya Simmons while on The Dating Game. They were very young and at most went on a few dates.
Maureen McCormick 1973
Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick revealed years later that she and Jackson dated when they were teenagers. In 2015 while on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, McCormick said they were together when she was “probably 14, 15 or 16” and they were official.
McCormick said that he was a huge fan of the show and they held hands and would kiss on the cheek.
Stephanie Anne Mills 1977-1980
Jackson briefly dated his The Wiz co-star Stephanie Anne Mills. Mills told Closer Weekly that the two dated for roughly a year and a half.
“I loved Michael! We dated for about a year and a half back in the day,” Mills recalled. “He was the sweetest, most compassionate, most loving person. Very soft-spoken and very humble.”
Brooke Shields 1981-1993
Jackson met 15-year-old model Brooke Shields at the 1981 Academy Awards. Jackson was in his early 20’s at the time. The two were romantically involved for a while and Jackson even talked about one time marrying Shields.
The two remained close friends even after they broke up. After he died, Shields told Rolling Stone that she would tell Jackson she will always be in his life.
“I would say, ‘You have me for the rest of your life, you don’t need to marry me, I’m going to go on and do my own life and have my own marriage and my own kids, and you’ll always have me,’” Shields told Rolling Stone. “I think it made him relax. He didn’t want to lose things that meant something to him.”
Lisa Marie Presley 1992-1996
In 1974 when Jackson was 16-years-old he met Lisa Marie Presley for the first time. The two were introduced by Presley’s father Elvis and Presley was six at the time. Years later in 1992 the two reconnected and met at a private dinner at their mutual friend Brett-Livingstone Strong’s house. Presley was married to Danny Keough when they met.
The two started talking on the phone every day. Presley was there for emotional support when Jackson went through his first child sexual abuse accusations in 1993.
Jackson proposed to Presley over the phone while she was still technically married. Presley accepted and the two were married on May 26, 1994. Presley divorced Keough 20 days before their wedding.
Their marriage was strained. Many thought it was a publicity stunt to fix Jackson’s image after the child abuse scandal. It didn’t help that Presley didn’t move into Jackson’s Neverland ranch right away.
In 1995 the two did their first joint interview with Diane Sawyer. Presley wasn’t to show the world that they were a serious couple while Jackon just goofed off the entire time. This was when Presley started doubting their union.
After many fights, Presley filed for divorce in early 1996. The divorce was finalized in August of that same year. In 2010 Presley told Oprah that she and Jackson spent four years after their divorce getting back together then breaking up.
Debbie Rowe 1996-1999
Jackson met medical assistant Debbie Rowe in the mid-1980s. Rowe worked for Jackson’s dermatologist who was treating the pop star’s vitiligo. The two became friends and would bond over their unhappy marriages. Jackson was married to Presley and Rowe was married to high school teacher Richard Edelman.
When Presley refused to have kids with Jackson, Rowe offered to bear Jackson’s children. After Jackson was officially divorced, he and Rowe decided to have kids.
Rowe’s first pregnancy ended with a miscarriage. A few months later Rowe was pregnant for real and an audio recording of her telling a friend about the pregnancy and the platonic deal with Jackson to carry his children was leaked.
Jackson’s mom convinced the two to get married. They were wed on November 13, 1996. Rowe didn’t live with Jackson and was stilling planning on not being involved in their children’s lives.
Their first child Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., also known as Prince, was born on February 13, 1997. Their second child Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson was born on April 3, 1998.
Rowe felt uncomfortable with their empty marriage and asked for a divorce. They were divorced on October 8, 1999. Rowe got a $10 million settlement and Jackson got full custody.
Grace Rwaramba 2002-2009
Jackson supposedly secretly dated Grace Rwaramba from 2002 until his death in 2009. Grace was his children’s nanny and called her mom. Their relationship wasn’t confirmed but many people who worked with Jackson and were on tour with him say their relationship was like an open secret.
Jackson had a third child, Prince Michael II who is also known as Blanket, with a surrogate. Blanket was born on February 21, 2002.