Elvis and Priscilla Presley's Divorce: The Decline Of The King's Health

By | February 19, 2020

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Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley & Elvis Presley (Photo by Magma Agency/WireImage)

If the decline of Elvis tells us anything it’s that human beings weren’t meant to be famous, or at least not for our entire lives. The King’s lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock n roll was unsustainable, and aside from the toll that his addictions took on his health, his emotional well being was dashed by the constant speculation about his life. After entering into a longterm relationship with Priscilla Ann Wagner when she was only 14 years old (he was ten years her senior) Elvis did anything but settle down. When the two separated in 1972 Presley tumbled beyond the depths to which he already sunk and drowned in excess for the final years of his life.

There was no chance for Elvis and Priscilla to have a normal relationship

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source: BBC

After meeting in Germany in 1959 Elvis and Priscilla carried on a relationship that was both strange to outsiders and, as Priscilla tells it, surprisingly sweet. The two were together for seven and a half years before tying the knot on May 1, 1967, in a brief ceremony in their suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Even though Elvis is known for his dalliances with his leading women, he and Priscilla supposedly had very little physical contact, although nine months after their marriage she gave birth to their only daughter.

Priscilla says that after she gave birth Elvis grew cold towards her, saying that he couldn’t sleep with her because she was a mother. It’s an understatement to say that the situation was confusing and that she felt hurt in the process. During this point in their relationship Priscilla was taking karate lessons from an instructor named Mike Stone. Their one on one sessions became a full blown affair and when Elvis found out he was irate.