Priscilla Presley Finally Opens Up About Loving And Losing Elvis

They were music’s most famous couple, but after they famously divorced in 1973, Priscilla Presley has been very guarded about her relationship with “The King.”

But now, at age 72, Priscilla says that she wants to “just tell it like it is,” and is talking candidly about loving and losing Elvis Presley. “Over 800 books have been written about Elvis,” she pointed out at an event called Elvis and Me: An Evening With Priscilla Presley, but only she knew “how much misinformation is out there.”

Elvis and Priscilla in 1967.Conde Nast Traveler

“Either it’s been altered, they’re lies [or] they’re somebody else’s perception,” she says about most Elvis biographies. Now she wants to tell her side of the story.

It starts in 1959, when Elvis was a sergeant in the Army, stationed at the same base as Priscilla’s father, an Air Force officer. Priscilla was just a teenager when she met the singer (Elvis was 10 years older than her) but they quickly started a courtship that lasted for years.

Priscilla and her father in Germany, 1960.Closer

Priscilla reveals that her parents were wary of Elvis at first. “Absolutely not!” her mother replied, after Priscilla asked to go to a party with the singer. “I won’t let you walk across the street to see Elvis Presley!”  Her father was just as stubborn, until Elvis walked into their home “in full uniform” and won him over in minutes.

But Priscilla also revealed the trials she faced as Elvis’ bride, including death threats.

Priscilla Presley Finally Speaks Out On Her Uncomfortable Marriage To Elvis

Elvis Presley was known for more than just his unique voice. The King of Rock and Roll lived an exuberant and lavish lifestyle, and he didn’t attempt to hide that at all.

He had also had a penchant for gorgeous and glamorous women, and he made sure that he was always surrounded by them. Throughout his life, he was linked to plenty of women, but he only ever married one: Priscilla Beaulieu.


Priscilla was only 14-years-old when she met Elvis at a dinner in Germany, where he was serving in the U.S. Army. It wasn’t long before the teen and Elvis fell for each other, and she eventually moved to Graceland in March 1963, under strict conditions laid out by her parents.

The couple made their fairy tale romance official when they tied the knot in 1967. They welcomed a child, Lisa Marie, a year into their marriage, and for a while everything seemed to go well. However, Elvis, who was 10 years Priscilla’s senior, couldn’t remain faithful to his wife, and at one point she realized that she never lived “as a normal girl.”

Now, 40 years after the death of the love of her life, Priscilla is opening up about their interesting relationship. She shared some details during a recent appearance on the British panel show Loose Women.