A teary Brooke Shields approached the podium at Michael Jackson's public memorial in Los Angeles today and spoke about the unique friendship the two shared as 1980s megastars thrust into the spotlight at a young age. In the special Michael Jackson commemorative issue of Rolling Stone hitting stands this week, the model-actress reveals the King of Pop asked her to marry him — more than once.
"I would say, 'You have me for the rest of your life, you don't need to marry me, I'm going to go on and do my own life and have my own marriage and my own kids, and you'll always have me,'" Shields tells Rolling Stone. "I think it made him relax. He didn't want to lose things that meant something to him."
Shields says the innocent nature of the pair's bond persisted as they grew older, and that as he aged, Jackson became "more asexual" to her. "You saw women who were more sexual, who wanted to throw themselves at him and feel like they were going to teach him," she recalls, "we just found each other, and we didn't have to deal with our sexuality." Shields tells RS her conversations with Jackson about her relationships revealed a lot about how Jackson insulated himself from the outside world. "As I grew up and started having boyfriends, I would share with him, and he was like a little kid who talked about the bases — what first base was, what second base was, and it sounded very odd to the outside, I can imagine, but to the inside, to someone who's never really left his bubble, you can understand how he would be curious."