Carol Ann Parker was introduced to Marlon by his brother Michael, while they were touring as the Jackson 5.
She lived in New Orleans, Louisiana and he in Encino, California, so the they had little time to spend together. They started to write letters instead, and were penpals for quite a while before marrying.
In 1975, Marlon and Carol eloped and did not tell their parents until three months afterwards, although his mother had suspected that they had exchanged vows.
Carol has not released any music on her own, but she appeared on Marlon's 1987 album Baby, Tonight.
Carol and Marlon are still married and have three children; Valencia, Brittny, and Marlon Jr.