Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Michael Jackson's Unlikely Friends and Odd Couplings

He married Lisa Marie, took Madonna to the Oscars and bonded with Liz Taylor – look back at his wild and wacky relationships


Cher and Jackson maintained a connection over the decades after the pop star appeared on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with his older brothers as part of the Jackson 5. In recent years, Cher (photographed with Jackson at a Dreamgirls opening party in 1983) grew critical of the singer, especially as a parent. She told TV Guide in '03, "I cannot imagine putting my children what he put his children through."

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