Star regrets not helping him get over his addiction.
Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of legendary singer Elvis Presley, is adamant that her marriage to Michael Jackson was genuine.
The star appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and maintained to Winfrey that she and Jackson were “really in love” but that she was unable to stay with him because of his drug addition.
The 42 year old said: “I had to make a decision to walk because I saw the drugs and the doctors coming in, and they scared me. They put me right back into what I went through with my father. That ended it.”
The pair married in 1994 but divorced two years later. She said on the show that she regrets that she did not lend more support to the wayward star at the time.
“I know it’s naive to think that I could’ve, but I wanted to. . . . Had I just said, ‘How are you?’ Can I try to make a phone call? I really . . . regret that I didn’t. . . . I think that was a train heading in a certain direction that no one could have stopped. I’ve had to really get my head around that in order to stop the pain.”
She discussed her last “articulate” exchange with the singer, who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2009, saying: “I was very distanced. He was trying to throw a line out to see if I would bite emotionally, and I wouldn’t.”
Jackson asked her at the time if she loved him. She told Oprah: “I was indifferent. He didn’t like that word. He cried.”