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Lisa Marie Presley Speaks out About The Death of Ex Hubby Michael Jackson

In Breaking News, Celebrity News, EOTM News, EOTM Radio on December 20, 2010 at 12:32 am

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie was in England having what she calls “the strangest day of my life.” Despite the seemingly routine tasks of the day,  she went to work in the studio before coming home for dinner, Lisa Marie spent the entire day in tears and couldn’t understand why. “I was literally cutting my food, eating my dinner crying,” she recalls.

Later that evening, in an effort to stop crying, Lisa Marie went upstairs and crawled into bed to watch something mindless on television. An hour later, she got a text from her good friend John Travolta that sent shock waves through her body.

Lisa Marie’s ex-husband Michael Jackson had died.

The tears stopped as shock set in. “I was floored,” she says. “Honestly floored.”

A little more than one year after that unforgettable day, Lisa Marie sat down with Oprah to open up for the first and only time about Michael Jackson, their marriage and his death.

“[In] previous interviews, I’m barky, and I tend to want to skirt out of it,” Lisa Marie says. This time, she wants to speak candidly about the intimate, personal details that made her relationship with Michael as complicated and misunderstood as it was.

“You said on my show, ‘Yes, this was a real marriage,'” Oprah says, referring to her 2005 interview with Lisa Marie. “But the rest of the world thought it was a big, staged publicity [stunt].”

“A lot of that is what I wanted to clear up in this interview,” Lisa Marie says.

Though Lisa Marie says her marriage to Michael Jackson was real, she also admits that Michael was a master at manipulating the media.

“He was brought up that way,” she says. “He was conditioned to get himself where he needed to go for his career, and he became very good at making and creating and puppeteering.”

Look back at Michael Jackson’s life in photos.

These manipulations made Lisa Marie question Michael’s love for her at the time. “I always confused that manipulation thinking that it meant he didn’t love me,” she says. “But I understand it better now. The manipulation was a survival tactic for him.”

Lisa Marie says any bitterness she held onto after their relationship ended gave way to clarity and understanding upon Michael’s death—along with a flood of emotions.

The day after Michael died, Lisa Marie expressed how she felt about his death and her perceived role in it on her blog. She wrote: “The person I failed to help is being transferred right now to the L.A. County Coroner’s office for his autopsy. All my indifference and detachment that I worked so hard to achieve over the years has just gone into the bowels of hell, and right now, I am gutted.”

Read the rest of Lisa Marie’s blog about Michael Jackson.

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