American actor Maureen McCormick has spoken of her time dating the late Michael Jackson.
“We used to go roller skating,” she told her fellow campmates on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
“I used to go over to their house all the time. We held hands. Kisses on the cheeks, never on the lips.
McCormick was two years older than Jackson, who was about 12 when they dated. Both were big stars in their own right.
“He was so cute, he loved our show (The Brady Bunch),” she explained. “He was so sweet and very shy and just in wonderment at so many things. I think he was very in a different world because I don’t think he could go out really because he probably would just get mauled.”
McCormick said the pair never officially broke up and that she “went on to date a million other people”.
McCormick, world famous for playing Marcia Brady, also dated Barry Williams, who played her on-screen brother, Greg Brady, and comedic actor Steve Martin.
She added: “Michael Jackson’s music has always been some of my favourite,” she said. “I grew up with them (The Jacksons). I used to hang at the house and hang out with Michael. We would talk a lot and dream a lot and I think we admired each other.”
Jackson died at the age of 50 in 2009.
TV and radio host Chrissie Swan found the news amusing, fascinated that McCormick had dated one of the most famous singers of all time.
“She obviously wasn’t putting the hard word on Michael Jackson like she has been on us,” Swan joked, referring to McCormick’s penchant for kissing fellow contestants on the lips.
“We’ve all kissed her on the mouth, all of us, we’ve gone further than she did with Michael Jackson.”