As big as Elvis Presley was back in the day, there was someone behind him making the bigger decisions. When the news surfaced about Presley’s relationship with Priscilla, Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker, has been rumored to have pulled the trigger and decided marriage was the best thing to do for the good of the king’s image.
It’s not like the couple was forced into something they didn’t want, but Parker’s role behind the scenes is put into the spotlight here. Things weren’t as easygoing and fun as the rock ‘n’ roll tunes Presley was belting out.
He Only Married Once
The king had earned a reputation of being a ladies’ man, and in many ways, he had validated this statement, but he was an emotional and romantic guy, too. He could have broken up with Priscilla and married another, saying that they were too young when they met or that their lifestyles had made them drift apart. But Elvis Presley only ever married one woman.
As perfect a couple as they appeared in public, we have come to understand that they were still as human and, therefore, as fallible as we are. They fought, cried, and made up. They did amazing things together, as all loving couples do.
Elvis Never Saw Priscilla Without Her Makeup
It is said, albeit tritely, that it takes a lifetime to really know your partner. But Elvis Presley’s idiosyncrasies made him coil at the thought of getting too close to his wife, afraid that the magic might get lost when all its elements have been fundamentally broken down and analyzed.
“He never wanted to see me getting dressed, he wanted to see the result of getting dressed,” Priscilla said. Elvis Presley didn’t want to see her without makeup, and he never did. That way, he could forever preserve the mystique, which was sort of a big deal to him.
Elvis and Priscilla’s Child Made the King Take a Step Back
Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s marriage was rocked with troubles, the pair gradually distancing from each other and barely cohabiting. They slowly disintegrated from being the favorite couple to being down in the dregs.
Elvis Presley had more distractions from his marriage than any sane person could handle – the wild parties, substances, and all the women that made themselves available to him. It came as a surprise when Priscilla revealed that one of the main reasons their marriage deteriorated was what should’ve been a happy event: the birth of their child.
Elvis Had a Secret Phobia
Elvis Presley was a ruggedly handsome man. He was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, and part of his charm was being rough-hewn, dazzling, and confident. No one would ever think the world’s most popular rocker was actually a germaphobe.
Elvis was afraid of being contaminated with bacteria from other people’s homes. He couldn’t even handle using any crockery other than his own. Bizarre as it sounds, that’s how he was, Priscilla revealed. “He would drink where the handle was, knowing that no one would ever drink at that side.” Is this still the Elvis Presley we thought we knew?