Newsweek caught up with Lisa Marie Presley for a Q&A and asked the singer about her short-lived marriage to Michael Jackson, and whether she grasped that it was going to be a media circus going in. “I was naive on that front,” she admitted. “I was in this constant struggle that went something like this: a man who’s with me who has nothing is gonna be stomped on and have no identity left by the time [the press] get done with him. He’ll be Mr. Fu**in’ Presley. I thought, I need to be with someone bigger than I am—or at least comparable—so they don’t get trampled. Michael wanted to meet me earlier in my life, and I said, ‘No way.’ I thought he was a freak, and I had no interest in meeting him. But when I finally did, he immediately dashed any preconceived idea I had about him. We had a perfectly normal conversation, and I completely forgot who he was within 20 minutes. I actually did fall in love with him, but I don’t know what was on his menu.”
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