One day married and the freshly betrothed King of Pop is out on the town sans his queen. Michael Jackson emerged from his Sydney hotel Friday to attend the Australian premiere of his short film Ghosts. It was his first public appearance since marrying his pregnant friend Debbie Rowe, but Rowe was conspicuously absent.

The maskless groom was mum as he waded through a sea of media and a thousand or more fans waiting in front of the movie theater. He paused briefly to accept bouquets from some young fans and posed for photographs with a handful of schoolchildren, but did not answer questions.

Apparently Rowe, 37, stayed behind in the couple's presidential suite at the Sheraton-on-the-Park Hotel, the scene of the nuptials.

"The bride wore white. I don't know if it was a wedding dress," tour publicist Brian Walsh said. It's not known whether Jackson, 38, wore his military regalia and trademark mask (or, if in some swapping of traditional garb, the veil) during the private, civil ceremony.

"The ceremony was attended by a few friends and people from the tour entourage. Debbie has known Michael for a long time and has been with entourage for a while and they have a lot of friends in common," Walsh said.

Neither the Gloved One nor Walsh have discussed any honeymoon plans. But in a statement sent to practically every news organization in the world--and posted on the Internet for good measure--Jackson begged that everyone "[p]lease respect our privacy and let us enjoy this wonderful and exciting time."

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