However, Michael had no idea of her reasons for leaving, and he was said to have called Elizabeth in tears, demanding answers.
When she explained, they became friendly, and soon their friendship became closer than many in the Hollywood spectrum.
In Donald Bogle’s book Elizabeth And Michael: The Queen Of Hollywood And The King Of Pop – A Love Story, he explained how Michael ‘needed’ Elizabeth in his life, despite them never having met.
He said: “Jackson wanted to really meet her, to make a connection, then to see her again and again and to get to know her and for her to get to know him.
“Something deep inside Michael Jackson needed Elizabeth Taylor… though he probably couldn’t articulate what he wanted from her.