The love story that seemed to be a fairy tale had a dark side that hardly anyone knew about. Yes, we are talking about Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley who were the dream couple of their era. From falling in love with The King of Rock N’ Roll to marrying him in an 8-minute Las Vegas ceremony, Elvis and Priscilla set new milestones for the lovers. Though it may seem all flowery and happy, Priscilla and Elvis had some of the darkest secrets that the world came to know much later. The King of Rock N’ Roll enjoyed a life of glamour, fame, and luxury but his personal life was not something one would wish for.
Priscilla Presley has mentioned time and again that Elvis Presley is “the love of her life.” But the 27 years old, Priscilla knew that she had to give up on her marriage due to multiple issues in their love life. The couple had been together for over a decade but leaving Elvis was what she wanted to experience life outside the world of Elvis Presley. Undoubtedly, this was one of the hardest decisions that Priscilla ever had to make. But what was the real reason behind the divorce of Elvis and Priscilla? We have the full story that you need to know.
The love of Elvis and Priscilla Presley
The love story of the era began when Priscilla met Elvis at one of his lavish parties. Priscilla was only 14 years old when she was invited to Elvis’s parties in Germany and like every other girl, she was a huge fan of Elvis. Though she couldn’t apprehend that Elvis wanted her to be at one of his parties, she initially felt out of place.
As we have read in Priscilla’s memoir, Elvis couldn’t help but keep looking at Priscilla throughout the night. Even when he was performing, his main motive was to get the attention of Priscilla. She wrote, “I glanced up and saw Elvis trying to get my attention,” “The less response I showed, the more he began singing just for me. I couldn’t believe that Elvis was trying to impress me.” “I felt like Cinderella.”
The icon whom everyone wanted to date was falling for her. She attended more parties with Elvis. Soon Elvis shifted back to the US in 1960 but the lovebirds still continued to stay in contact. But eventually, the couple realized that they could not remain apart from each other. So, she moved into Elvis’s Memphis estate, Graceland. The couple lived there. However, it was hard to keep up with the tumultuous lifestyle of the Rockstar.
But to everyone’s surprise, Elvis proposed to his lover Priscilla in 1966 and the couple had an 8-minutes long Las Vegas wedding ceremony in 1967, followed by a grand celebration. Just nine months from the day of their wedding, Priscilla and Elvis had their daughter. However soon, the fulfilling life was going to shatter.
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The Real Reason Why Priscilla and Elvis Presley Ended Their Relationship
Elvis was a man that all the women desired. The legend had multiple affairs while staying with Priscilla. His infidelity was one of the main reasons Priscilla chose to separate ways. Interestingly, in her book “Elvis and Me,” when Priscilla was pregnant, she knew about Elvis’s affair with Nancy Sinatra, the American actress. But to everyone’s surprise, Nancy was also seen throwing a baby shower for her. Elvis was continuously seen with one woman or another and Priscilla had to decide what her need was finally.
Moreover, it was not only about his affairs. Elvis was quite demanding as a lover. He didn’t want Priscilla to have her career and she would many times feel isolated. Eventually, Elvis wanted Priscilla to leave everything behind and dedicate her life to him, which was honestly very exhausting. When Elvis was out filming for his film, “Live a Little, Love a Little” in 1968, she confessed to having a short affair with her dance instructor and it was then she realized that she needed to find herself, away from Elvis.
While an interview, she said, “I didn’t have my teenage years as a normal girl, obviously, so I had to adapt,” “So I just kind of followed what he did. I mean, you lived his life,” she says. “You saw the movies he wanted to see. You listened to the music he wanted to listen to, and you go to places that he would go. I honestly didn’t have my own life. … So I really kind of lost myself.” “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.”
And now you know the truth. Well, this was the main reason for the divorce of Elvis and Priscilla.
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.