Lisa Marie Presley’s Bomb­shell Book!


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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.

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