Michael and Liz
“I don’t think anyone knew how much we loved each other,” Elizabeth Taylor said after Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009; reflecting on the deep bond the two shared.
Although the friendship seemed surprising and unlikely to some, Taylor and Jackson actually had much in common, not the least of which was the key formative experience of being child stars who missed out on a proper childhood.
Each of them legends in their own right, the music icon and the Hollywood goddess were at times inseparable and, after Taylor’s death Wednesday at age 79, the blogosphere was alive with chatter of the two of them being reunited in heaven.
Taylor, who died of complications from congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, was knocked sideways by Jackson’s sudden and shocking death at age 50 almost two years ago.
Reports suggesting she was hospitalized with grief were apparently confirmed when she said via Twitter, “I’m home from the hospital sore, but intact. Of course I’m still grieving for Michael… I always will. My heart… my mind… are broken,” she said. “I loved Michael with all my soul and I can’t imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together.”
Their famous friendship began in the 1980s when Taylor walked out of a Jackson concert because she couldn’t see the performance or hear the music. Jackson called Taylor in tears the next day but once she explained the reason for her exit the pair began talking, and it developed from there.
“Then we met, and spent more and more time with each other, and just became really good friends. Told each other everything,” Taylor said in a 2006 interview with Larry King.
Despite their 27-year age difference, the two friends were regularly pictured together, including at AIDS charity events which Taylor organized, and on red carpets in Hollywood and around the world.
The Oscar-winning actress, arguably the last great star of Hollywood’s golden era, is even credited by Jackson fans as being the first to call Jackson the “King of Pop.”
Taylor often defended her friend from child molestation charges, explaining that she too had spent nights with him at his Neverland ranch without anything untoward happening.
“There was nothing abnormal about it. There was no touchy-feely going on. We laughed like children, and we watched a lot of Walt Disney. There was nothing odd about it,” Taylor told Larry King.
Some say the actress, long dogged by health issues, never properly recovered after the death of her friend in 2009.
“He will live in my heart forever but it’s not enough. My life feels so empty,” she said at the time, calling Jackson’s friendship “the purest most giving love I’ve ever known.”
Statements taken from an article ” Liz Taylor and Michael Jackson: reunited in heaven?” http://yhoo.it/dSRlj2
I’m sure Michael would say the same things about Liz.
The two are together now in God’s arms and protected by angels.
We love you Michael and Liz.
~ by soldiersoflove on March 25, 2011.