Lisa Marie Presley’s Bombshell Book!
THE FAMOUS OFFSPRING IS LIFTING THE LID ON EVERYTHING FROM HER SUPERSTAR PARENTS TO HER ILL-FATED ROMANCES.
Elvis’ daughter is preparing a tell-all that will expose her family’s darkest secrets. Plus, what she’ll reveal about Michael Jackson.
AT 51, Lisa Marie Presley has lived a lot of life. Born into entertainment royalty, the only daughter of music legend Elvis and actress Priscilla was famous even before she arrived. She lost her dad at age 9, when he died of a heart attack, likely linked to his drug abuse. She’s been married and divorced four times — twice to fellow high-profile stars (Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage). At 25, she inherited her father’s $100 million fortune and his sprawling Tennessee compound, Graceland. She’s struggled with an addiction to painkillers and, in 2014, she defected from Scientology. There’s no doubt about it: The singer-songwriter has quite a story to share.
And that’s exactly what she plans to do in her upcoming tell-all book, for which she’s reportedly looking at a $3 million to $4 million payday from Gallery Books. The potentially explosive memoir has family members quaking over what the mom of four might expose. “I’m not exaggerating when I say people close to her are dreading the day the book gets released,” an insider tells Star. Priscilla, 74, is especially worried Lisa Marie will finally reveal why her parents’ six-year marriage failed, and the source says nothing is offlimits. “Lisa Marie wants to set the record straight about her ex-husbands, losing all
her money, her connection to Scientology and its A-list members Tom Cruise and John Travolta, her addictions and what her relationship with her father was really like,” says the insider. “She could probably fill two books!”
First up, her disastrous marriages. In 1994, just 20 days after divorcing bassist Danny Keough, with whom she shares actress daughter Riley, 30, and son Benjamin, 26, Lisa Marie married late pop icon Jackson. The highly publicized relationship lasted two years under intense media scrutiny as Jackson was being accused of sexually molesting young boys.
“Of course, everyone wants to know what she knew,” says the insider. Lisa Marie once said, “I know he’s not like that,” when asked about the molestation charges against
Michael (who passed away in 2009 at age
50), but in the book she may say more.
Lisa Marie may also
“share secrets from her wedding night to
Michael,” the insider adds. “Her publishers want blockbuster revelations and she’s going to deliver.”
Her relationship with Nicolas Cage will be covered too. She was married to the National Treasure actor, 55, from 2002 until 2004, and it was widely believed his obsession with her father drew him to Lisa Marie. (He has a sizable collection of the singer’s memorabilia.)
The insider says she also plans to dish on her 10-year marriage to rocker Michael Lockwood, 58 (they share 10-year-old twins Finley and Harper), which ended in 2016.
The memoir wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Lisa Marie’s once-sizable fortune. She inherited an estimated $100 million and Graceland on her 25th birthday, which she put into a trust managed by, among others, Barry Siegel. But in 2018, she sued him, claiming his “negligent mismanagement” left her $16.7 million in debt. (He has denied the allegations and insists she’s broke because of her own reckless spending.)
Her financial troubles extend to hefty legal bills from her ongoing court battles with Lockwood, whom she was ordered to pay $100,000 in February 2018 to cover his attorney fees. “Her personal finances is just one in a treasure trove of topics she’ll address,” says the insider. Scientology is another. Her dad was never swayed by the church. “The one religion Elvis put down was Scientology,” the singer’s friend Marty Lacker wrote in his book, Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia. “He couldn’t stand it.” But Lisa had been a member of the controversial church since she was a child after being introduced to it by Priscilla. Lisa Marie left in 2014, however, saying, “I was slowly starting to self-destruct.” Her mom is still reportedly active in the church, as are Lisa Marie’s former pals Tom Cruise and John Travolta. “Lisa Marie knows a lot of Hollywood secrets,” teases the insider.
The longest — and juiciest — chapters in the proposed book will be reserved for her parents. While she’s on good terms with her mom and has promised her she won’t embarrass the family, Priscilla is scared, says the insider. “She doesn’t want her to tarnish Elvis’ reputation.” That’s unlikely. “Lisa Marie worshipped her dad and sees the book as her opportunity to open up about how he shaped her,” says the insider.
Her only problem may be choosing which memories to write about: “Anytime I spent with him was my favorite memory,” Lisa Marie has said. His death traumatized her, but she has said she finds it cathartic to write about her emotions. “I’ll start to write from pain, anger, sadness,” she’s said. “It’s a way for me to release myself.” And she has a lot of pain around her dad’s death. “She was home the night Elvis died,” says the insider. “He played with her, then sent her to bed and she woke up to a commotion and saw him lying on the floor. She still has nightmares.”
But, she’ll focus mostly on the good times they had. “He was astoundingly funny and mischievous,” Lisa Marie says, noting Elvis was a great hugger. “He sang songs for and about her, and was playful,” the insider notes. “She’ll write about how he’d sneak into her room and surprise her with gifts, and how he’d tell her stories about his adventures growing up in Mississippi.”
Part of her motivation for writing the book is to keep his memory alive. “Lisa Marie doesn’t open up about Elvis often, and it’s still hard for her to do so” the insider tells Star. “But she really wants to capture the spirit of her father in her book, the Elvis the world fell in love with.”
Born in the Spotlight Lisa Marie’s anxiously awaited birth in 1968 was exactly nine months to the day after her parents’ wedding.
Doting Grandma Priscilla has a special relationship with Finley and Harper and calls them her “fave people in the world.”
Low Point The singer looked worse for wear at a 2017 concert. In 2018, she revealed she’d become addicted to painkillers at age 45.
The Girls Lisa Marie hit up the Elle Women in Hollywood event in L.A. with all three of her daughters in October 2017.