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Do you know Michael Jackson dated Whitney Houston and Diana Ross? 10 Women MJ Dated when he was alive (Photos)
So many critics and fans still view him as one of the most talented names to ever moonwalk onto the music industry.
Dated – Tatum O’Neal
Michael Jackson’s first publicly documented relationship was with Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal. They became friends when she was 12 and he was 17 and soon after, a relationship blossomed. In a 1982 edition of Jet Magazine, he said that their love had “cooled off” and they ultimately decided to be just friends.
Dated – Brooke Shields
Michael Jackson met Brooke Shields at the 1981 Academy Awards and they quickly grew a liking to each other, going on to date for several years. There was even a point where they considered marriage, but Shields was never as enthused at the prospect. “You have me for the rest of your life, you don’t need to marry me,” she recalls telling MJ in a 2009 Rolling Stone interview.
Dated – Tatiana Thumbtzen
Tatiana Thumbtzen is the woman who Michael Jackson featured prominently in his “The Way You Make Me Feel” music video, but Thumbtzen has since suggested that their partnership went far beyond the video. She’s recalled since that they shared a passionate chemistry when he brought her on tour to perform, but when the tour was over, so was whatever they had together.
Dated – Diana Ross
In Michael’s brother’s – Jermaine Jackson – book You Are Not Alone, he spoke in depth about Michael’s on-and-off relationship with Diana Ross. He said his brother openly referred to Ross as his girlfriend and wouldn’t let anyone else near her. He even considered marrying her despite the 15 year age gap. Alas, it was the age gap that turned Ross off from marrying Michael.
Dated – Stephanie Mills
Stephanie Mills won awards and acclaim for playing Dorothy in the original run of The Wiz. She was replaced by Diana Ross for the movie adaptation, but as Mills explained on SiriusXM in 2015, she didn’t mind because at the time, she was dating Michael Jackson, who brought her on to the set often while he filmed his scenes.
Dated – Madonna
The entertainment world was stunned when Michael Jackson hit the 1991 Academy Awards red carpet scene with Madonna of all people. It was all assumed that the relationship didn’t move passed three dinner dates, per some friends of both parties, but in an interview with James Corden on his Carpool Karaoke, Madonna admitted she tongue kissed MJ and got him to “loosen up” with a glass of Chardonnay
Dated – Shana Mangatal
This one is kind of in murky waters. Shana Mangatal famously grew popular after releasing a tell-all book called Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance. It appears she divulges some private details about MJ’s personal life from a 1992 affair, but has received criticism because so few credible names can co-sign her claims.
Dated – Whitney Houston
Dated – Lisa Marie Presley
A 16-year old MJ met the six-year-old daughter of Elvis in 1974, but a relationship hadn’t begun until both were adults in 1992 following a private dinner in LA. They spoke on the phone every day from there and a proposal followed. They got married on May 26, 1994, at the Dominican Republic. They divorced in 1996 over “irreconcilable differences.”
Dated – Debbie Rowe
Michael Jackson originally met Debbie Rowe when she worked as an assistant for his dermatologist. A friendship blossomed and she offered to carry his child after Lisa Marie Presley refused to carry his children. After he separated from Presley, Rowe was pregnant with his child and not long after, they got married. She had two of his children before and then a third after their divorce.