When Elvis Presley used to be conscripted into the United States Army in 1958 he wasn’t anticipating to satisfy the affection of his lifestyles. While stationed in Friedberg, Germany, he used to be offered to Priscilla Presley (née Beaulieu) when she used to be simply 14-years-old. In the years that adopted, the King’s younger sweetheart visited the United States and in the end moved in with him in Graceland.
But as their courting persisted to blossom, Priscilla misplaced regulate of her lifestyles.
Priscilla remembered attending to the United States and transferring in with the King of Rock and Roll in her memoir, Elvis and Me. And, regardless of being surrounded through cash and status, no longer the whole thing in the back of the scenes used to be as very best because it seemed.
She wrote: “I mean, you lived his life. You saw the movies he wanted to see. You listened to the music he wanted to listen to. You’d go to places that he would go… I honestly didn’t have my own life … so I really kind of lost myself.”
The younger lady no longer handiest misplaced her id however her sense of individuality, as neatly. She known as herself “Elvis’s doll, his own living doll, to fashion as he pleased”.
Elvis “frowned upon” chipped nail polish and patterned dresses, and insisted that she looked better with long hair. “You need to apply more makeup around your eyes,” he would inform her, in step with her memoir. “Make them stand out more. They’re too plain naturally. I like a lot of makeup. It defines your features.”
Priscilla defined: “He taught me everything. How to dress, how to walk, how to apply makeup and wear my hair, how to behave, how to return love – his way. Over the years, he became my father, husband, and very nearly God.”
She mentioned she needed to “adapt” and “follow” what he did. And the younger lady used to be even satisfied she did not want any more schooling after she completed highschool.
Despite Priscilla’s insistence, her courting with Elvis used to be no longer very best. And in 1973 they were given divorced. But there used to be nonetheless numerous love between them. Even nowadays their marriage got here to an finish, they had been nonetheless extremely shut.
Once they’d signed their divorce papers Elvis held Priscilla’s hand and serenaded her with Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”.
Priscilla wrote in her memoir that she didn’t hang any resentment in opposition to the Blue Suede Shoes celebrity.
Priscilla defined: “I did not divorce him because I didn’t love him. He was the love of my life, but I had to find out about the world.”
Despite their rocky get started, they cultivated a excellent courting constructed from love. And they nonetheless remained on excellent phrases – if no longer for one every other, for the sake in their kid, Lisa Marie Presley.
They had been nice pals till the day Elvis died, on August 16, 1977. Even after his dying, Priscilla organised the vigil that happened at Graceland, and nonetheless, to these days, takes care of his legacy.