Elvis Presley, “the king of rock,” stole hearts worldwide with his love songs and gorgeous looks. Among all the ladies infatuated with the rockstar, one, in particular, caught his eye. Priscilla Presley got her fame for being the one to capture the king’s heart. While many wished they could take Priscilla’s place as queen, she was quietly suffering as she battled the emotional and physical abuse Elvis inflicted. It’s the dark side of Elvis that no one talks about.

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

1. Everyone Loved Him

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Elvis Presley was irresistible. Everyone had a love for the handsome soldier/singer. “He was every general’s soldier, every mother’s son, he just connected,” Priscilla explained in an interview.

2. She Was Elvis Crazy

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Before the lovebirds met, Priscilla was like every other American at the time. She was crazy for the King. Even though she dreamed of being his girl, she had no idea what it would entail. 

3. How They Met

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Elvis was drafted into the army and sent to a military base in Germany. There he met Priscilla, the teenage stepdaughter of a US air force major. Elvis fell in love. The two began dating and visiting each other until the early hours of the morning.

4. The Frightening Age Gap

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

He was 24 and she was 14! The large difference in age worried Priscilla’s parents. “My parents were a nervous wreck,” Priscilla said.

5. Elvis’s Charm Wins

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

But the charming young man convinced her parents to accept their love. Elvis came to the house in full uniform to impress her stepfather, and sure enough, it worked!

6. Priscilla Threatens Her Parents

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

A year into their relationship, Elvis asked Priscilla to come live with him in Memphis. Her parents agreed after she threatened them. “I told them they had to let me go or it would ruin my life,” she said.

7. She Had Him All To Herself

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Priscilla recalls the happy moments when she would sit on the couch, in the living room, and listen to him play his music. “I had him all to myself. Just me listening to his music.” But the star later learned that this life of rock and roll would involve a lot of sharing.

8. But She Had To Share

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Elvis kissed women on the lips during his shows. Priscilla said it was hard for her to see that. Those who were lucky enough to get a kiss hoped for some attention from “The King.” “They’d start showing up after the show, kinda hanging out waiting for more,” Priscilla explains.

10. The Rumors

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Elvis would leave to go on tour and Priscilla would go off to a photo shoot only to hear news about Elvis having a fling with another woman.“I always wanted him with me,” she said. “I was afraid if we would go off, I was going to lose him.” 

11. The Affairs

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Word spread that Elvis had an affair with co-star Ann-Margret spread. Priscilla was convinced it was true, but Elvis denied it. “I felt horrible,” she admitted.

12. He Couldn’t Communicate

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

“The communication we had was very difficult and different. Elvis’s way of communicating was not confronting problems. He would try to make things better by buying a gift,” Priscilla describes.

13. The Controlling King

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

In Priscilla’s book, she writes how he controlled every aspect of her. Her hair, her clothes, her looks and more. “I was under a spell of what I thought was love.”

14. She Had To Show Off Her Body

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Elvis has Priscilla dressed in low cut tops and with high slits in her skirts and dresses. He kept her on a tight leash but had her looking trashy.

15. One-Sided Relationship

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

In an interview with Barba Walters, Priscilla describes feeling like she did not exist. Elvis was the main focus and everything else didn’t matter, including herself.

16. Depression

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Elvis slept in for days, sometimes even weeks. Once the depression hit, he was lost in a downward spiral. The state of their relationship, Priscilla wrote all depended on how his career was doing. “He had these low points, and when he was low, there was no way to get him out.”

17. Elvis’s Anxiety & Drug Abuse

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Elvis’s drug abuse spiraled out of control. He would be so afraid of not being able to sleep that he would take sleeping pills every night and give some to Pricilla as well.

18. Raging Temper

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Not too many people know this, but Elvis had a raging temper. Elvis had a reputation for being reckless when mad. “His anger was always bursts of frustration, she explained. “Because he had the power and the money to destroy [things] he could just replace it like that.”

19. Physical Abuse

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

The king took his anger out on his queen. Elvis once gave Priscilla a black eye and threw a chair at her because she said didn’t like what he sang.

20. He Wanted Her To Stay A Virgin

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

For six years of living with him in his house, Elvis refused to sleep with Priscilla. He wanted to make sure she was a virgin when he married her, but he would take dozens of polaroids of them acting out his fantasies.

21. He Couldn’t Handle Her Being A Mother

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Finally, after they married, they had a child Lisa Marie daughter. Priscilla wrote that he no longer wanted to sleep with her because he couldn’t handle the fact that she was no longer his little girl, but a woman and a mother.

22. She Wanted Freedom

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Four years after marriage she decided to file for divorce. Elvis’s infidelity and abuse were too much for her to handle. “He wasn’t faithful, not that he had someone special but when you’re in the entertainment business there’s always that,” Priscilla explains. “I tried to turn my back to that, but I just didn’t want to share him. Simple as that.”

23. “He Wasn’t Cut To Be Married”

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Priscilla admits that she feels Elvis just wasn’t marriage material. “As much as he wanted to be married and have a family I don’t know if he was ever cut to be married because I don’t think he could ever ever be faithful to one woman,” Priscilla says.

24. The King Moves On

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

Elvis went on to have several different girlfriends after the divorce but always remained in close ties with his ex-wife. The couple stayed close after the divorce. “We never lost our friendship and care for each other.” Elvis still called Priscilla at night to tell her what was on his mind. “I valued his calls,” she said. “But living a life of rock and roll, its tough.”

25. Priscilla: The Only Queen

The Twisted Side of 'The King': Why Priscilla Presley Had to Leave Elvis

He always had her in his heart. Although the king had another woman he never remarried. She will forever and always be his only Queen.

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