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.”
“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 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.