We Reached For Tissues Seeing Priscilla Presley Today In Her Seventies

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Priscilla Ann Presley turned 75 in 2020. The native New Yorker is best known for being the ex-wife of the king of rock ‘n’ roll, the late Elvis Presley, but has since gone on to live her own life without him for over 43 years now.

Elvis is regarded as one of the most important musicians of the 20th century, frequently dubbed as “the King” for his incredible status in rock ‘n’ roll history. His energetic stage performances and provocative dancing gave him initial controversy. But, in the end, it led to a long-term success that left a legacy that outlived even his own lifespan. Elvis’ wife, Priscilla, was only married to him from 1967 until 1973. However, despite their short marriage, Priscilla dealt with a lot and also had some influence on Elvis’ life and music. Elvis met Priscilla during his army career when he was just 14 years old. Their teenage love affair led Priscilla to eventually move from Germany to join Elvis in Graceland. After many visits, Priscilla’s parents let her move with Elvis to Tennessee in 1963. Less than a year after the pair got married, their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, was born.

Nowadays, Priscilla lives on without her beloved and famous husband Elvis. She even has a granddaughter, Riley Keough, who has become an actress. Now that the days of keeping up with Elvis’ lifestyle are behind her, Priscilla is living her own life and still looks gorgeous as a woman in her 70s. Read on to see how she looks today.

“I wanted to die.” Those were the words of Priscilla after she learned of the death of her ex-husband, Elvis. The two had been divorced for four years, but Priscilla kept saying that he was “the love of (her) life.” In a 2016 interview, she said, “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.” Priscilla said this likely because she feels that her teenage years were “stolen” by her relationship with Elvis. Their divorce was finalized on Oct. 9, 1973, and Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977.

They met in Germany during Elvis’ stint in the U.S. Army, according to Biography.com. Priscilla, then known as Priscilla Beaulieu, and her family moved to the country because her father was transferred there by the Air Force that he served in.

Their relationship was controversial: Priscilla was only 14 years old when she started dating Elvis. It was also widely reported that Elvis groomed her as a teenager, making her dress and look the way he wanted her to, oftentimes to match his own style. While they were still married, the couple lived in Memphis, Tennessee, at the house known as “Graceland.” They have one child together, Lisa Marie, whom Priscilla gave birth to when she was 23 years old. In the early parts of 1972, Priscilla left Elvis.

Before that, Elvis met Ginger Alden, to whom he became engaged. Alden was the one who found Elvis lying on the bathroom floor inside his home. The autopsy showed Elvis had died from cardiac arrest “due to undetermined heartbeat,” according to Biography.com. Elvis was overweight and was on quite a few pills, which are thought to have contributed to his untimely death.

Priscilla has had a number of romantic relationships since she and Elvis broke up. Following the divorce, she immediately got together with Mike Stone, a karate instructor who gave lessons to both her and Elvis, as mentioned in the book “Black Belt,” but the relationship dissolved shortly after in 1975. She was then in relationships with a few well-known people, such as photographer Terry O’Neill and lawyer Robert Kardashian. Her longest relationship so far was with Marco Garibaldi; they were together for 22 years. Garibaldi is an Italian screenwriter-turned-computer-programmer, according to Biography.com. They share one son together, Navarone Anthony Garibaldi, a 33-year-old musician.

After Priscilla was spotted with Tom Jones getting into a cab in 2017, rumors flew that two were together, according to Republic World. Mirror reported in 2017 that Priscilla dated Tom Jones, the Welsh singer. It is unclear whether or not the two are still a thing, but of her, Jones said, “We have been friends for a long time.” “She’s a lovely lady,” he added. “We do enjoy our nights out together.” According to the publication, Jones was a close friend of Elvis and had spent time with both him and Priscilla between the 1960s and 1970s.

Last year was a rough year for everyone because of the pandemic, and Priscilla experienced further tragedy when Benjamin Keough, her grandson, took his life on July 12, 2020. Before his death, Benjamin was an actor. He featured in “Rod & Barry” in 2017 and “Elvis by the Presleys” in 2015. Benjamin’s mother, Priscila, took to Facebook to express her heartbreak following the death of Benjamin, writing,

“These are some of the darkest days of my family’s life,” she wrote. “The shock of losing Ben has been devastating,” she continued. “Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul. Each day I wake up I pray it will get better.”

Priscilla also highlighted the immense pain the rest of her family was experiencing. “I think of my daughter and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother,” she wrote of her daughter, Lisa Marie.

“Ben’s father, Danny, who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son. Riley, so loving and so close to him; Harper and Finley, who absolutely adored Ben. Navarone, who struggles deeply with loss and death.”

Priscilla is a long way away from her time being “Elvis’ living doll,” as she described herself. Gone are the days when he made her dye her hair black like his and made her put it up in an updo that matched his pompadour. But perhaps that was what made her a fashion icon back then. Still, she hasn’t lost her keen eye for fashion because at 75 she’s not looking too shabby at all.

In recent years, Priscilla has found her footing in philanthropy and charitable work. An avid animal lover, especially of horses, in 2013 she spoke out against the Tennessee Ag-Gag Bill, writing about her and Elvis’ love of horses and her worries that the bill would reduce protections for many farm animals, including horses. Just this last December she posted on her Instagram about stopping the abuse of horse soring. In her post, she urged fellow activists to write to their senators to get the law changed. She has also used her platform to advocate for the protection of dogs, wolves, lions, monkeys and other animals. It’s always heartwarming to see a celebrity use their voice to do good, especially when it’s for our furry friends who otherwise aren’t able to speak up for themselves.

Alongside her animal activism, Priscilla is also an ambassador for the Dream Foundation. She’s been involved with the foundation since 2003, which grants wishes to terminally ill adults and their families. Apparently, she learned of the organization, which is the only one of its kind that works with adults, after helping to grant some of the recipients’ wishes to visit Graceland.

Priscilla is actually the co-executor of the entire Presley Estate, assuming the role after the death of Elvis’ father Vernon Presley in 1979. On her official website, it states how much of an influence Priscilla has had on the estate, writing,

“She has since brought the Presley Estate from a burgeoning entity into a phenomenally successful organization consisting of the famous Graceland Mansion, a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing and television and video projects.”

The magazine further reports that when Tom Bergeron, the show’s host, told her the news, Priscilla hugged her partner and thanked the show for “an incredible life-changing experience.”

Interestingly enough, viewers who have seen Priscilla’s appearances will notice that she never danced to any Elvis songs. And it turns out that this was intentional. According to ABC, Priscilla agreed to be on the show, but she also specifically requested not to have to dance to her late ex-husband’s music.

“I just don’t really think that would be appropriate,” she told ABC in a 2009 interview.

Since Priscilla’s loss on the show, the 75-year-old has avoided the spotlight. Save for her Instagram account, where she has more than 200,000 followers, it’s difficult to find out what the star is up to. With that said, her IMDb page does give us some hints. For example, her most recent appearance was in a 2016 music video for Them Guns’ song “Muffins.” The music video, which heavily features the streets of Hollywood and the radio host Rodney Bingenheimer, follows the radio star as he drives to a bakery to pick up a muffin. As Bingenheimer leaves, he runs into none other than Priscilla.

Although appearances like these are certainly interesting — especially for fans of the Presleys — we can also understand why Priscilla wants to fly under the radar. Ever since she was a young woman, she’s been in the spotlight. And now, as she approaches 76, it’s no wonder that she wants a bit of peace and quiet.

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