I know that if we ever did anything romantically the press would be so mean and nasty and call us the Odd Couple.It would turn into a circus and that's the pain of it all." From a young age, Jackson was exposed to sex.
He received mixed messages on the subject from his parents.
His mother Katherine was a devout Jehovah's Witness and conveyed her thoughts clearly; lust in thought or deed was sinful outside of marriage, and physical intimacy should be saved for marriage.
Presley supported Jackson as he became dependent on pain medication, and eventually helped convince him to enter drug rehabilitation.
In a telephone call, he proposed marriage to Presley.
Although the relationship became largely platonic, Shields said there were times he had asked her to marry him.
Shortly after becoming involved with her, in 1993, Jackson was subjected to his first set of child sexual abuse accusations, followed by similar allegations in 2003.
While playing at Chicago's Peppermint Lounge, the brothers made use of a peephole in their dressing room, through which they had a clear view of the women's bathroom.
They would take turns watching the women and, as Marlon recalled, "learned everything there was to know about ladies".
He and his brothers would perform at strip clubs, sharing the bill with female strippers and drag queens, and the sexual adventures of his brothers with groupies further affected Jackson's early life.
The entertainer said his "first real date" was with the child actress Tatum O'Neal, The pair eventually "cooled off" and Jackson entered into a romance with model Brooke Shields in 1981.
She was the assistant of the pop singer's dermatologist and had been treating his appearance-changing disease vitiligo since the mid-1980s.