A friend close to Michael Jackson says the former pop star and Whitney Houston were lovers at one point — and he even wanted to marry her someday!

Many people assume Michael Jackson leaned more toward men than women sexually, but his friend — a martial arts master named Matt Fiddes — is claiming otherwise and even outlines the late pop star’s intense affair with Whitney Houston!

“One of the many stories that has never been told about Michael is that he had an ultra-secret affair with Whitney Houston that he never got over,” Fiddes told The Sun. “He was furious when he heard she had also slept with [his older brother] Jermaine but this didn’t stop him holding a candle for her his whole life.”

Michael and Whitney reportedly met in 1991, at the peak of their careers and immediately felt a bond.

“They met because they were two of the biggest recording artists on the planet and mixing in the same circles,” Michael’s friend said. “They instantly connected as kindred spirits because they understood each other’s massive fame.”

Then things got serious for a bit, Fiddes explained. “Whitney practically moved in to Michael’s ranch and they had a fling like any other young couple,” he said. “But Michael said later he had always hoped the relationship had gone further, and I know he dreamed of marrying her.”

We can totally imagine Whitney and Michael bonding, especially because they were both young super stars. However, it’s sad to think about what could have happened between them — especially since they’ve both passed on at such young ages.

Do YOU think Michael and Whitney were well suited for one another?