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At the time, Lisa Marie says she also did hurtful things that affected their relationship.
One of those things involved Danny Keough, her ex-husband and the father of her two older children. Lisa Marie says the fact that Danny was still in her life made Michael uncomfortable.
"We'd take a vacation and Danny would go, and Michael would get upset," she says. "And then he'd disappear for a couple of weeks, and I couldn't find him." In addition to these disappearances, Michael would also push Lisa Marie away when he felt vulnerable—something she now recognizes as a coping mechanism.
"He honestly tried so hard and went through so much with me," she says. "He's never done that with any other female. ... I didn't appreciate it then, and I wish I did."