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Michael Jackson marries again

November 14, 1996
Web posted at: 6:00 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Pop megastar Michael Jackson married the woman carrying his baby shortly after midnight in a private ceremony in Sydney, Australia, his publicist said. movie icon (764K/17 sec. QuickTime movie of the couple in April 1996)

Jackson, 38, exchanged vows with Debbie Rowe, 37, a longtime friend and nurse to his plastic surgeon, said publicist Christine Holevas.

"Please respect our privacy and let us enjoy this wonderful and exciting time," Jackson said in a written statement.

Jackson, whose hits include "Beat It" and "Bad," was in Australia as part of the first leg of his "HIStory" world tour.

The wedding took place 10 days after Jackson announced that Rowe was six-months pregnant with his child, which is due in February. It is the second marriage for both.

Presley

In January, Jackson's first wife, Lisa Marie Presley, cited irreconcilable differences in a divorce petition to end her 20-month marriage to the pop star. There was no information about the first marriage of Rowe, who lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys.

Jackson disclosed November 4 that Rowe was carrying his child. He denied tabloid reports that Rowe had been artificially inseminated and was paid $528,000 to carry the baby. But at the time there was no mention of wedding plans.

"I am thrilled that I will soon be a father. ... This is my dream come true," Jackson said in a statement at the time.

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