WATCH: Priscilla Presley on Why She Divorced Elvis Presley
She became lost living "his life."
Marrying a celebrity is tough, but marrying a mega superstar beloved throughout the world adds even more pressure on a relationship.
This is something Priscilla Presley (née Beaulieu) experienced during her six-year marriage to Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll. In an interview with the U.K. talk show, Loose Women, that originally aired in November 2016, the then 71-year-old model and actress opened up about meeting the rock star at the tender age of 14. In clips from the interview that have circulated online recently, she also disclosed the hardships the pair had to overcome and, ultimately, the challenges that led to their heartbreaking divorce.
When Priscilla first met Elvis, who was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, he was a soldier in the U.S. Army in West Germany. He served two years with Priscilla’s father, a U.S. Air Force officer. At the time Priscilla was introduced to the singer and performer, he was already well on his way to becoming a household name. Despite the attention and his soon-to-be legendary status, Priscilla married Elvis on May 1, 1967, and moved into his celebrated Memphis home when she was just 21 years old. As one could imagine, it was a difficult transition for young Priscilla.
"Moving into Graceland, he already had his inner circle," said Priscilla. "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."
To maintain some sort of “mystique” in the relationship, Priscilla wouldn’t allow Elvis to see her without makeup or without being fully dressed.
"There are things you keep to yourself," Priscilla added. "He never wanted to see me getting dressed. He wanted to see the result of getting dressed."
In spite of her efforts to keep things normal and private, the constant scrutiny and living in the proverbial fishbowl caused their marriage to crumble. Priscilla explained that she lost herself in the process, where she often found herself conforming to only the music and movies Elvis enjoyed and living "his life."
After realizing how much of her formidable years as a teenager she missed out on, Priscilla decided to divorce Elvis "to find out what the world was like."
You can watch more of Priscilla’s interview below and reminisce on her fairytale Southern nuptials to the cowboy boot-clad icon.