From their very first date, at a dinner party staged by a mutual friend, Michael and Lisa hit it off. Raised at her father’s impregnable home, Graceland, she had much in common with the world’s most famous pop star, cloistered away in Neverland. Both had been sheltered from the real world, missed out on their childhoods and were mistrustful of outsiders.
They believed they were soul mates.
Michael was openly flirtatious, and Lisa was impressed by his private candour and normality. As they talked, she began to feel she was seeing the real Michael, the man behind the mask.
His sexuality, admittedly, still seemed ambiguous, but he was soon kissing her fairly passionately. She was certainly attracted to him. Lisa liked strange guys, with an edge. And who had more of an edge than Michael?
Throughout the time of his obsession with Jordie Chandler, Jackson dated Lisa intermittently. After he was accused of abusing the boy, he sought her support in long, anguished phone calls.
‘Yes, I started falling for him,’ Lisa explained. ‘I wanted to help him, and I felt that I could.’
As he spiralled into drug addiction, she stood by him.
During one of their phone calls, he wanted to know how she would respond if he asked her to marry him. It could have been a joke but, without missing a beat, she replied: ‘I would do it.’
Michael and Lisa began spending more and more time together and would talk regularly on the phone. They spent the weekend at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, said to be the weekend they first slept together. Trump reported he saw them on several occasions holding hands at the beach, or hugging and kissing around the estate. “It was romantic,” Donald Trump recalled.”Later I got to ask him how things were going and he said:
‘Great. I just got to kiss the most beautiful girl in the world. I hope I’m worthy of her. I think I might marry her.’”
‘My love for you is real,’ he told her. ‘Please believe me.’
At Neverland, the two walked hand in hand and then kissed at the top of the Ferris wheel.
She slept with him in his bedroom. For Michael, it was the first time he had experienced such chemistry with a woman, or with anyone.
He seemed unable to contain his laughter. ‘I’ve never known a person like her,’ he said.
He and Lisa appear to have had an intense and active sex life. She told a friend that he was ‘hot stuff in bed’ and ‘amazing’ - and she should know, the friend added, because ‘she’s been around’.
Nevertheless, some of his habits were a little odd.
The first time, she went to turn on the lights afterwards, and he leapt out of bed and ran into the bathroom so she wouldn’t see his body. He emerged 20 minutes later, in full make-up and wearing a silk robe. Then they went at it again.
‘He liked her to wear jewellery in bed. They were into role-playing games, although Lisa would never say who was playing what kind of role.’
When Lisa didn’t become immediately pregnant, he expressed his disappointment.
‘I thought we’d be expecting within a couple of weeks of making love,’ he said. ‘Lisa says it takes time, but I don’t have time. I want it to happen now. I want children so badly.’
The magic and the Madness -R.Taraborelli