Mismatched 90s celeb couples

Let’s face it – everything was better in the 90s! Even oddball celebrity couples. When’s the last time you were shocked by a secret Hollywood wedding between two people who have no business being together? To fill that void let’s take a look back at some of the more memorable mismatched and surprising couples of the 90s.

MJ and Lisa Marie

On May 26, 1994 Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley tied the knot in the Dominican Republic.  The strange and unexpected pairing of the King of Pop and the daughter of the King of Rock & Roll shocked and confused the public.

As soon as Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of Elvis, married Jackson speculation began that it was just a publicity stunt aimed at taking the heat off Jackson who was facing child sex abuse charges. But the couple told Diane Sawyer in an interview on ABC that they did it for love. 

Presley filed for divorce from Jackson in January 1996 citing irreconcilable differences.

Julie Roberts and Lyle Lovett

In June 1993 America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts married the curly haired country singer Lyle Lovett after just a few weeks of dating. 

The ceremony in a small Indiana town was squeezed in between Lovett’s tour dates and Roberts’s shooting schedule on the movie The Pelican Brief.

Later that night, Lovett brought Roberts on stage at a concert and told the audience, “welcome to the happiest day of my life.”


Two years later in the spring of 1995 the couple announced their separation through a joint statement that read:  “We remain close and in great support of one another.”

Emilio Estevez and Paula Abdul

In April of 1992, the pair wed in a private ceremony at a Santa Monica courthouse.  They had met the year before after Estevez called Abdul to tell her he was a fan.  Estevez was filming The Mighty Ducks at the time and Abdul was on a world tour for her second studio album Spellbound.

Estevez and Abdul who were known for their red carpet fashion clashes, split two years later because Abdul wanted to have a baby but Estevez who already had two kids from an earlier marriage, did not.

Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra

The basketball bad boy met the playboy model at an L.A. nightclub and were dating during the Bulls’ triumphant 1997-98 championship season.

During their time together, Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra earned a reputation for their wild nights out.  The couple famously tied the knot in November 1998 during an all-night bender in Las Vegas.


Only nine days later, Rodman filed for an annulment of the marriage on the grounds that he had not been of sound mind on the night when they got married.

They briefly reconciled and tried to work things out but in March 1999, six months after tying the knot the couple filed for divorce.

Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola

In 1993, at the age of 23 Mariah Carey married Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola who is 21 years her senior.

They divorced five years later but it wasn’t until 2020 that Carey opened up about the marriage in her biography. 

She wrote that Mottola wanted to know her every move and controlled her public persona. He wanted her to be more “mainstream,” which she says meant more white.


According to Carey when Mottola realized that the marriage was ending, he threatened her with a butter knife, running it down her cheek and across her throat in front of two of his friends. 

In response to Carey’s allegations Mottola has said that he’s “truly sorry for any discomfort or pain that all of my good intentions inevitably caused her, and most of all for the scars it left on my two oldest children” from his first marriage.

If the 90s are your jam make sure you check out my podcast History of the 90s. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and at Curiouscast.ca

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