Priscilla Presley called Elvis the love of her life and there’s little doubt he was hers. Had he not been the superstar he was, they may even have had a happy ending.
Divorce finalized in 1972
Priscilla Beaulieu was only 14 years old when she met 25-year old Elvis Presley in Germany. They spent time together with the blessing of her parents, despite the considerable age gap. The truth was, however, that the two were never really alone together and Elvis was attentive and considerate.
Their age gap could certainly leave one baffled, because Elvis wasn’t exactly known at that time to be interested in teenage girls. But Priscilla was considered mature beyond her years and ultimately the two did get married.
When Elvis’ service in the army ended and he moved back to the US, he asked Priscilla’s parents for permission that she may accompany him. Priscilla was 16 at the time. Again, they were never really alone and Priscilla was enrolled at school so she could finish her education.
Elvis went back to making music and films and Priscilla was not the only woman he saw at the time.
His co-star on Viva Las Vegas, Ann-Margret, became serious competition in 1964. Whilst Elvis told Priscilla that nothing untoward was going on between him and his co-star, it is an open secret that there was definitely a lot more happening than the two of them just co-starring in a movie.
In the end, however, Elvis decided to be with Priscilla and married her in 1967, when Priscilla was 21 and he was 32.
Lisa-Marie arrived a good nine months later, completing the family bliss.
In reality it was never truly blissful. Elvis was always away and Priscilla and their daughter were always at home. Priscilla said in an interview not long after her divorce that she always hoped that Elvis would come back to her and that they would lead a more normal married life. Whilst there can be little doubt that Elvis loved Priscilla, she was very much his trophy wife. She didn’t work, only looked after their daughter, and dressed in the way he liked it. Apparently Elvis even liked her to dye her hair black, which is not naturally black.
Priscilla later admitted that she only came into her own, became her own person, after she divorced from Elvis. He was controlling and he was traditional in his views of the roles of husband and wife.
Priscilla left Elvis, because she realized that he would never be the husband she needed him to be. That doesn’t mean she didn’t love him. Or that he didn’t love her.
In fact, their divorce was entirely amicable and a photo of the two exists, which reportedly pictures them leaving together after signing the divorce papers.
Tellingly, neither of them ever married another person.
Priscilla eventually moved on and was in a 22-year relationship with Marco Garibaldi. But she didn’t want to marry him, even though the two also had a son. Their relationship ended in 2006.
Elvis, of course, was linked to several women after his divorce. He had always been linked to beautiful women that surrounded him, but few of them in any serious way. His longest relationship after their divorce was with Linda Thompson, though she wasn’t the last one. He was even engaged again to Ginger Alden, who was only half his age at the time.
Ginger was also the last person to see him alive and she was the one who found his lifeless body.
Priscilla confirmed that Elvis had wanted to see her not long before his death and some speculate that if she had gone to see him, he may even be still alive, perhaps they would have reconciled. The two of them definitely spoke not long before his passing and Elvis told Priscilla that he wanted her back, that he wanted his family back.
We know, of course, that the reunion didn’t happen and that Elvis died too young at only 42. He left Ginger completely out of his will and Priscilla became, and is to this day, the manager of his estate.
Priscilla has no doubt that Elvis was the love her life. His longest relationship to any woman was with her and there can be little doubt that she was also the love of his life.
Had circumstances been different they might never have divorced. But had they been different, they also might never have met.