Priscilla Presley is speaking out to defend the late legendary singer Elvis Presley for initiating their relationship when he was 24 and she was only 14.
Priscilla Defends Elvis
Fox News reported that Priscilla was only 14 years-old when she met Elvis at a party in Germany, where the 24 year-old was stationed while serving in the U.S. military. Backlash has grown in recent years over both their 10 year age gap and Priscilla being a minor when they met, but she was quick to defend Elvis in a new interview.
“My relationship with Elvis, you know, people go, ‘Oh my god, how could this happen?’ It was not a sexual relationship, being 14 years old,” Priscilla, now 78, told Fox 32 Chicago. “What I think really attracted him to me was the fact that, and I’ve gone over this many times, ‘Why me? Why me?’ was because I was like the listener. He poured his heart out to me in Germany. He was very, very lonely.”
Priscilla went on to explain that Elvis had recently lost his mother when they met, something that she described as being “a big issue for him.”
“He just trusted me with a lot of things that he shared,” she explained.
Priscilla further opened up about her and Elvis’ age gap earlier this year.
“It was very difficult for my parents to understand that Elvis would be so interested in me and I really do think because I was more of a listener,” Priscilla said back in September, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Elvis would pour his heart out to me, his fears, his hopes, the loss of his mother which he never ever got over, and I was the person who really really sat there to listen and to comfort him.”
“I was a little bit older in life than in numbers and that was the attraction,” she continued. “And you know, people think, Oh, it was sex… Not at all. I never had sex with him. He was very kind, very soft, very loving. But he also respected the fact that I was only 14 years old. We were more in mind and thought. And that was our relationship.”
Priscilla Remembers Christmases With Elvis
Some of Priscilla’s fondest memories of Elvis are spending Christmases with him at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee.
“Yes, that was his special time,” she said of these holidays. “He loved all the decorations. I would do the tree, I would put all the lightbulbs on the tree and the lights, and he would take the tinfoil and stand in the back where the dining room table is and curl it all up, squish it together and throw it. And I go, ‘No, that’s not how you put tinsel on and so I would take it and put a little bit and he would just take it and throw the tinsel on.”
Priscilla and Elvis were married from 1967 until they divorced in 1973, and he tragically died four years later from a heart attack at the age of 42. Despite their split, Priscilla still views Elvis as the love of her life, and she has never remarried in the decades since his passing.
“To be honest with you, I never wanted to marry after him. I never had any desire,” Priscilla told People Magazine last month. “No one could ever match him.”
Priscilla To Be Buried Near Elvis
Page Six reported that this came days after a judge signed off on official documents stating that after her death, Priscilla will be buried near Elvis and their daughter Lisa Marie in Graceland’s Meditation Garden in Memphis, Tennessee.
“That’s what I want and wanted,” Priscilla told the British media personality Piers Morgan afterwards of these burial plans.
“So you will be buried there?” Piers asked, to which Priscilla replied with an emphatic, “Yes.”
Do you think Elvis deserves backlash for beginning a relationship with Priscilla when she was only 14, or should people let this one go? Let us know in the comments section.
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