The Rushmore Report: Why Priscilla Presley Had to Divorce Elvis

Last week, Priscilla Presley appeared on the U.K. talk show “Loose Women,” opening up about what it was like to meet Elvis as a young teenager and the challenges they faced during their six-year marriage. Born Priscilla Beaulieu, the model and actress met Elvis Presley when she was just 14. He was serving in the U.S. Army in West Germany. What followed was a whirlwind relationship that was doomed from the beginning.

Elvis was serving at the same time as Priscilla’s father, a U.S. Air Force officer. At the time, Elvis, ten years older than Priscilla, was already an internationally known rock star. The couple married when she was 21 and moved to his home in Memphis – a transition that proved to be difficult.

“Moving into Graceland, he already had his inner circle,” Priscilla revealed. “Of course they embraced me, but I never realized that that was it. We didn’t go out. He didn’t like eating in restaurants because people would take pictures of him and he didn’t want to be shot putting a fork in his mouth.”

She summarized, “We lived in a bubble.”

During their six years of marriage, Priscilla went to great lengths to maintain what she calls “mystique” in the relationship. Elvis never saw her without makeup or while she was getting ready.

“There are things you keep to yourself,” she explained. “He never wanted to see me getting dressed. He wanted to see the result of getting dressed.”

Even though Elvis was the love of her life, Priscilla said she became lost living “his life,” seeing the movies he wanted to see, listening to the music he liked, and going to the places he wanted to visit. She hadn’t lived her teenage years “as a normal girl.”

Ultimately, Priscilla chose to leave Elvis because she “needed to find out what the world was like.”

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Maria Carter is a freelance writer who has been published by major newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News. Her focus is on cultural and entertainment issues of contemporary American society.

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