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Rock and roll with abuse

Weeks ago I watched 'Priscilla', a film by Sofia Coppola about the complex “love story” between Priscilla Beaulieu (Cailee Spaeny) and the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley (Jacob Elordi).

The film is a direct adaptation of 'Elvis And Me' (1985), the autobiography in which Priscilla recounts her long courtship and also her tumultuous marriage at the iconic Graceland mansion.

Elvis met Priscilla when he was serving two years in the military in Bad Nauheim, Germany.

At that time (1959), he was 24 years old and already quite famous. In fact, Elvis began his career at 19 and his first album “Heartbreak Hotel” catapulted him to number 1.

On the other hand, Priscilla was barely 14 years old, so she was still attending school. However, when she turned 16, she decided to move to Memphis (to Elvis's parents' house) to continue her classes there.

In this regard, the singer only limited himself to saying that “she was very mature for her age”, an argument that continues to be used to this day to justify pedophilia.

Years later, in 1967, the couple, now independent, made their final move to Graceland. After seven years of dating, they married in Las Vegas and, shortly after, Lisa Marie, their only daughter, was born.

By the way, that wedding lasted eight minutes and only 14 people attended, but they cut a $3.200 cake. Afterwards, there was a press conference and a breakfast for 100 more people.

Furthermore, according to the biography Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley, Elvis did not want to get married, but his father threatened to have him arrested for taking “a minor across state lines for sexual purposes” if he did not.

But what were those thirteen years of history like? Hellish. The relationship was based on control and abuse. Elvis controlled how she dressed, did her makeup or did Priscilla's hair. She even had him dye her hair black to “match” his. 

It also decided who he could associate with, where he went, and every other aspect of his life.

“I wanted to mold myself according to their opinions and preferences. He taught me everything. How to dress, how to walk, how to do my makeup and hair, how to behave, how to return love her way. Over the years, he became my father, my husband and almost God.", Priscilla wrote about it.

At first, she was clouded. Her ambitions and goals revolved solely around him. She almost didn't finish school because Elvis's life of vices, excesses and sleeping pills had also devastated her.

But, over time, in order not to die of loneliness while her husband was “on tour,” she wanted to study or work. At that moment, Elvis made her choose between having a career or being with him: “It's me or a race, Baby. Because when I call you, I need you to be there.”

Furthermore, on an intimate level, Elvis decided when they had relationships and when they didn't. He, although he had been sexualizing her since she was 14, deprived her of intercourse during the first six years of the relationship, that is, until they got married.

But then, after giving birth, Elvis didn't want to have relations with her either. After a while, he confessed to Priscilla that “I had never been able to make love with a woman who had had a child.”

In this regard, Priscilla wrote: “I began to doubt my own sexuality as a woman. “My physical and emotional needs were unmet.”

At the same time, he constantly cheated on her and she had to accept it. Of course, the press today doesn't talk about that. On the other hand, headlines still abound about Priscilla's alleged infidelity.

In early 1972, Priscilla began to feel attracted to her karate coach, Mike Stone.

Priscilla and Elvis stopped living together on February 23 of that same year and on August 15 their relationship officially ended.

However, Elvis wanted to send a hitman to Mike.

Later he also recorded “Always on My Mind,” an emotional ballad written for Priscilla, where he detailed his pseudo “regret” for the mistakes made during the marriage.

For her part, Priscilla confessed that it took her many years to know who she was. “He was only clear about what he wanted: 'I don't like you that color. Brown doesn't flatter you. The green looks horrible. It's a boring color without sparkle'. "I was young so I thought, 'Oh, okay!' It wasn't until I grew up that I began to develop the things that I liked."

Incidentally, her daughter, Lisa, hated her for rebuilding her life and stated on several occasions that if Priscilla had been faithful to Elvis, he would not have died. She was also convinced that her father abused the medications more after her mother “abandoned him.”

By: Jessica dos santos

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