Priscilla Presley has called Elvis the “real deal,” remembering her husband as a kind and authentic man. The 69-year-old star opened up on her memories of Elvis Presley, the King, in a new interview this week. United Press International News reports this Wednesday, November 5, 2014, that Priscilla also talked of secrets never known about her ex-husband — what he was like behind closed doors, and how he honestly loved his music and his fans.
As one of the greatest musicians of all time, the late Elvis is often thought of as the real deal — and now his former wife Priscilla Presley is confirming it. The star shared her thoughts on Elvis, noting in her interview with the Mirror that she will be bringing some of his favorite items all the way to London from Graceland for a new display. Being dubbed the “Elvis at the O2: The Exhibition of His Life,” the special exhibit will be opening this December 2014,and Priscilla shared some little known secrets of the King before its grand reveal.
“I remember when I set eyes on him — he was just so kind, so authentic,” she shared. “I just thought how he was the real deal. Elvis wasn’t putting on any pretense, he never did. What you saw with him is what you got. Not everyone knows that.”
In addition to talking his authenticity and goodness, the 69-year-old was keen on reminding the rest of the world — with Elvis fans in particular — that Presley was not only an incredible singer and star in the spotlight, but a good man as well. Priscilla went on to call him a “loyal” man, and that she is very excited about sharing these special possessions from his life during the upcoming exhibit.
“People know his music, but they don’t necessarily know the real Elvis,” she related. “I want the world to know he was a lovely, loyal man. You don’t get that with so many musicians or celebrities these days. They don’t value their fans, so I want to share with the world what he was really like.”
According to Web Pro News, Elvis Presley and Priscilla originally met in Germany back in 1959. The couple quickly fell in love and was formally married in 1967. The Presleys had one child together, Lisa Marie, but their relationship soon encountered personal and marital problems. By the end of 1973, the two were divorced. Elvis died in his home in 1977, and two years later, his ex-wife proudly served as the leading Chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises, a position she has maintained over the decades.
She is looking forward to showcasing the O2 display as a way for fans to see the real Elvis, learn his secrets, and get a “sneak peek” of the man behind the microphone. It seems that even after all this time has passed, Priscilla very much loves the memory of her former husband and the music, fandom, and heart that he represents.
“I’m very, very excited, as we have been wanting to do this for some time,” she said of The O2 exhibit. “It is a peek behind the scenes of the real Elvis, Elvis the father, son, friend and dad. He was just so very loyal and that will come across. He was someone who could be trusted, someone who people could rely on. … It is very emotional. I have so many wonderful memories of Elvis, and I’m surrounded by so many of them, too, and those things remind me of certain occasions … Some of these exhibits haven’t been seen before. Elvis will be so happy. He always thought his British fans were so supportive. He had a special love for them.”
Do you have any response to the “Priscilla Elvis real deal” headline? What are your favorite recollections of the King? With Graceland still being one of the most popular tourist sites in the U.S. and Elvis’ name and music known to all today, there is no doubt that Elvis Presley will be fondly remembered for many more years to come.