"He wanted to mold me to his preferences," revealed Priscilla, who first met him when she was just 14-years-old.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley were the "it couple" back in 1967. They were the most glamorous duo in town and defined #relationionshipgoals. Everyone expected them to grow old together, but little did they know that despite the King having found the one, there was a lot that was hidden behind the veil of a happy marriage. When Priscilla met Elvis for the first time in Germany, she was just 14. This was in 1959 when he was serving in the US army. Initially, Priscilla wasn't that impressed by him as much as her friends were, but Elvis found himself falling head over heels for the young beauty.
“I saw Elvis trying to get my attention. I noticed that the less response I showed, the more he began singing just for me. I couldn’t believe that Elvis Presley was trying to impress me,” Priscilla wrote for PEOPLE. She never expected this to continue, which is why she was surprised to get a callback from Presley himself. They soon started to meet up regularly, but that seemed to be an issue for Priscilla's parents. However, that was solved when the 24-year-old charming man met her parents. Apparently, he was attracted to Priscilla because she reminded him of his mother, whom he had lost around the time they met. He also liked that she was young and impressionable.
"He liked soft-spoken brunettes with blue eyes. He wanted to mold me to his opinions and preferences. Fidelity was very important to him, especially on the woman’s part," revealed Pricilla. He once told his friend Rex Mansfield that the beauty was "young enough that I can train her any way I want," according to Biography. Elvis eventually finished his enlistment in 1960, he left Germany and went back to LA. For two years, they were in touch but rumor had it that Presley was dating Nancy Sinatra. He eventually invited Priscilla to Los Angeles in 1962 for two weeks. This was also when he started dressing her up to his liking.
She wore clothes that Elvis purchased for her to look like an adult and wear makeup because she knew his preferences, and he liked "a lot of makeup," she wrote. "When I put on my brocade gown, my transformation from an innocent teenager to a sophisticated siren was complete." Eventually, the two married in 1967 in an 8-minute ceremony and thus began the journey of a happily married life. Priscilla was only 21 when she tied the knot with Elvis and moved to Graceland. Talking to Guardian, she revealed, "He was very opinionated on what he wanted, ‘I don’t like [this] color that color. Brown isn’t good for you. Green looks horrible, color dull color with no spark to it.’"
In 1968, they welcomed Lisa Marie Presley into their lives, but their marriage started breaking down. She was no longer attractive to him and he kept breaking her heart with infidelities. "He had mentioned to me before we were married that he had never been able to make love to a woman who had a child," recalled Priscilla, as per Express UK and it seems like it was true, even though the child she'd had was his own. The once "kind, gentle and always attentive" Elvis had become someone else. "We literally lived in a bubble," she said, adding, "I should have realized I was marrying an entourage and only had a share in its leader. It had to end," reported Country Living.
Priscilla also recalled how she tried to maintain the spark in their relationship by dressing up for him and never letting him see her without makeup. "He never wanted to see me getting dressed. He wanted to see the result of getting dressed," she said. Six years of marriage, and she felt like she was losing herself, trying to be someone she wasn't. "I didn't have my teenage years as a normal girl, obviously, so I had to adapt," she said on Loose Women in 2016. She added, "So I just kind of followed what he did. I mean, you lived his life. You honestly didn't have your own life… So you really kind of lost yourself. As a woman, I didn’t really know who I was."
It was only at 27 that she discovered that she was more than what Elvis had trained her to be. "I realized that I don’t know who I am, my considerations were his considerations, my fears were his fears... I found myself revealing things that he would say to me," she said. Despite Elvis being the "love of her life", she revealed the reason she divorced him was that: "I needed to find out what the world was like... but the greatest thing about our relationship is that we still loved each other." On August 16, 1977, at the age of 42, Elvis died due to cardiac arrest which is considered to have been caused due to his years of drug abuse.