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Michael Jackson’s horrifying marriage demand devastated wife Lisa Marie Presley

This weekend marked the anniversary of MJ’s tragic death in 2009. So much of his life was overshadowed by his difficult childhood with father Joe Jackson and then all the speculation and accusations surrounding his final years. He only had one serious relationship in his whole life and Lisa Marie has spoken of how they truly loved each other. Yet, within months of their wedding, Michael started making some horrifying demands of his young wife.

There were and remain many reasons why people struggled to accept the union of the King of Poo and the daughter of The King.

Apart from Michael’s obvious fascination with Elvis and the need to silence the mounting accusations about his relationships with young boys, Lisa Marie also entered the marriage with her own struggles.

When they tied the knot on May 26, 1994, Lisa Marie had only been officially divorced from her first husband, Danny Keough, for 20 days. She also had two small children – four-year-old Danielle Riley and baby Ben.

READ MORE: ‘Michael Jackson knew he would die like Elvis’ said wife Lisa Marie


Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley in Paris
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley in Paris (Image: GETTY)
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley at Neverland
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley at Neverland (Image: GETTY)

Lisa Marie later said she had wanted to have children with Michael: “I just wanted to make sure.

“I was looking into the future and I was thinking, ‘I don’t ever want to get into a custody battle with him. I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to go head to head with him so I need to make sure that everything around is good.’

“I had children and I Knew bringing children into certain circumstances you have to make sure that everything is safe and secure and ok.

“And I wanted to make sure he and I were really, really united because we were going to be up against so much.”

Michael however, had his own plans and was prepared to do anything to make it happen.

Michael told Lisa Marie he had another woman lined up ready to have his children, Debbie Rowe, who worked for Michael’s dermatologist Arnold Klein.

Lisa Marie said: “I know she (Rowe) was there the whole time telling him she would do it. He would tell me, ‘If you’re not gonna do it, Debbie said she’ll do it.’

“And we would get into arguments because that wasn’t how to handle it. But that’s how he knew how to handle it: ‘If you’re not going to do it, this person will. Are you going to do it or not?'”

The marriage soon collapsed under all the strain of their arguments and Lisa Marie’s growing unhappiness about Michael’s lifestyle, which she felt echoed that of her father in all the worst and most excessive ways.

Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley's marriage fell apart after 18 months
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley’s marriage fell apart after 18 months (Image: GETTY

Lisa marie filed for divorce in January 1996 and within months, Michael announced Debbie Rowe was pregnant in October. They married in November and Prince Michael was born in February 1997.

Years later, Lisa Marie still believes the speed of it was partly directed at her: “I knew it was a bit of a retaliatory act on his part because I didn’t have a baby.”

Michael also fathered daughter Paris with Debbie and had a third child, youngest son Blanket, with a surrogate.

Author: By Stefan Kyriazis
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Michael Jackson: Wife Lisa Marie's heartbreaking discovery after he died 'I was so wrong'

Lisa Marie also opened up about why, ultimately, their relationship fell apart and what prevented them from getting back together.

Although Michael expressed his fears that he would die like her father, Elvis, he continued to surround himself with enablers who did not have the strength or independence to deny him anything or help him curb his worst instincts.

Lisa Marie said: “I left him to stomp my foot in the ground, I was trying to take a stand and say, ‘Come with me, don’t do this (carry on down the same path).’ And it was a stupid move because he didn’t…

“I had to make the decision to walk because I saw the drugs and doctors were coming in and they scared me and that put me back into what I went through with my father (Elvis) and that ended it.”

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Michael Jackson funeral: Lisa Marie’s moment alone by his casket – 'I wanted to apologise'

Michael Jackson died 12 years ago at the age of just 50. Less than two weeks later a public memorial service took place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles ahead of a private funeral that September. The latter was attended by around 200 of the star’s closest friends and family including Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin and MJ’s ex-wife Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley.

Fans will know that Jackson and Lisa Marie had been briefly married between 1994 and 1996.

The King of Pop’s funeral saw his family arrive in a motorcade of 31 vehicles, while his brothers Randy, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon were his pallbearers.

His siblings carried the gold-plated casket into the service at Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

And after the service, Lisa Marie stayed behind to have a private moment by her former husband’s body.

While The Great Mausoleum is not open to the public, Jackson’s unmarked crypt is partially visible from the tinted entrance.

Fans cover the final resting place in flowers, which security guards put out in memory.

Lisa Marie has been married four times, with Jackson being her second husband.

The 53-year-old’s first marriage was to Danny Keough, with who she had her late son Benjamin.

Benjamin is now buried at Graceland alongside his grandfather Elvis, great grandparents Vernon and Gladys and great-great-grandmother Minnie Mae.

His final resting place is near the mansion’s pool in the Mediation Garden.

Lisa Marie was married to her third husband, Hollywood star Nicolas Cage, from 2002 to 2004.

While her fourth marriage was in 2006 to Michael Lockwood, who she divorced this year.

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'Michael Jackson feared he would die like Elvis' said wife Lisa Marie Presley 'And he did'

The King of Pop died on June 25, 2009. The coroner found deadly amounts of the drugs propofol and benzodiazepine. For his ex-wife, it brought back harrowing memories of losing her father, over 30 years earlier on August 16, 1977. Lisa Marie described the parallels in the way they lived, the people they surrounded themselves with, their consumption of drugs, and the way they died. She spoke of her distress that she had not heeded Michael when he told her of his fears he would die like Elvis.

Michael and Lisa Marie married on May 26, 1994. Despite constantly defending the validity of their union (and their sex life), the marriage soon fell apart and she filed for divorce in January 1996.

Extraordinarily,  after MJ’s death, Lisa Marie revealed they had spent four further years secretly meeting and discussing reconciling. She was one of the few people the star confided in and who he felt could understand the extreme levels of fame and pressure he was dealing with.

Lisa, meanwhile, said she felt she could ‘save’ him while they were together and after he died admitted she felt guilty she had not done more to help in a raw and revealing public post the days after Michael died.

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Lisa Marie described a haunting conversation they’d had during the remarriage where Michael predicted what would happen.

She wrote: “Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general.

“I can’t recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my Fathers Death.

“At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, ‘I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, (die) the way he did.'”

Lisa Marie added: “I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.”

She has also spoken of the damaging environments both MJ and her father surrounded themselves with.

She said: “The one thing that correlates with Michael and my father on this subject was they had the luxury of creating whatever reality around them they wanted to create. They could have the kinds of people who were going to go with their programme or were not and if they weren’t then they could be disposed of.

Lisa Marie said: “This was something I have had way too much experience of on both sides where I’ve seen what can go on…

“When it’s this unusual reality in an ivory tower with a godlike life, mixed with an addiction, that’s when you get into trouble…

“There was a very profound point when he had to make the decision. Was it the drugs and vampires (sycophants) or me. And he pushed me away.”

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Elvis: Girlfriend Linda recalls tearful Lisa Marie call 'My daddy's dead' – New interview

This year, the annual Elvis Festival in his birthplace, Tupelo Mississippi, attracted not just his cousin Billy Smith, but also his girlfriend Linda Thompson. She dated The King from July 1972 until Christmas 1976. The former beauty queen remained so close to Lisa Marie that the devastated nine-year-old called her from Graceland when they discovered the star’s body on that fateful night of August 16, 1977. Linda spoke candidly about that terrible moment but also shared happier memories of their time together.

Linda has previously opened up about her fears after they split up that nobody would look after Elvis properly. Her worst nightmare came true months later when she received a sudden call.

Talking this week, she said: “I said, ‘hello’ and she said, ‘Linda.’ I said, ‘hey’, she said, ‘It’s Lisa.’ I said, ‘I know who this is, you little goobernickel.’ It was a pet name Elvis and I had for her.

“She said, ‘My Daddy’s dead, my Daddy’s dead.’”

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Linda added: “I can’t even tell you what I felt. I was stunned and paralysed. I said, ‘What? No, he’s not.’

“She said, ‘Yes he is, yes he is. He’s dead.’ The only thing that brought it to reality was when she said, ‘He’s smothered in the carpet.’

“And when she said that, I just threw the phone because I thought, ‘Ok, he’s gone. That’s it. Nobody checked on him.’”

Elvis had died, alone in his bathroom for hours, while his latest girlfriend Ginger slept in the next room and the Memphis Mafia were downstairs.

But Linda also has happier memories of their time together when they visited Tupelo and Elvis showed her the tiny house where he grew up.

She told local news station WCBI: “He talked about Tupelo a lot, he told me about his little, shotgun house, and the church where he went with his family. I’m thrilled to be here, to see the house where he was born.”

Part of Linda’s duties this year were to judge the traditional Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) competition.

She shared a hilarious memory about when the star started to realise people were imitating him.

While The King was alive he heavily influenced popular culture but Linda says he would be absolutely amazed to see the enduring number of impersonators, or Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs) who still proliferate to this day

She said: “He would be staggered by how incredibly generous everybody has been to his memory. 

“He loved the ETAs even when he was alive. He would see people growing sideburns or dressing like him and he would say, ‘Honey, look at that guy over there, I wonder if he thinks he is me?’”

Linda went on to marry two more famous men. First, Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner, who transitioned to Caitlyn, from 1981 to 1986. Together, they are the parents of reality stars Brody and Brandon Jenner.  After that, she was married to songwriter and producer David Foster from 1991 to 2005.  

But in the new interview, Linda referred to Elvis as: “the love of my life. I adored him.

“I think first of all he would be proud of me and how I have tried two conduct my life in a way that has always respected him and his memory. That’s first and foremost to me. I’m a fan as much as anybody else is a fan of Elvis Presley.”


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'Gone Girl' actress Lisa Banes dies after New York City hit-and-run crash

Her manager said in a statement that “We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing.”

WASHINGTON — “Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes has died more than a week after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run in New York City, her manager told multiple news outlets.

“We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing. She was a woman of great spirit, kindness and generosity and dedicated to her work, whether on stage or in front of a camera and even more so to her wife, family and friends. We were blessed to have had her in our lives,” manager David Williams said in a statement. to NBC News and ABC News.

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Banes was struck by either a scooter or a motorcycle in the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center on Friday, June 4 as she was crossing Amsterdam Avenue on the way to visit the Julliard School, her alma mater, manager David Williams said in an email to The Associated Press.

Police declined to name the hit-and-run victim, and no arrests have been announced.

Banes has appeared in numerous television shows and movies, including supporting roles in “Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck in 2014 and “Cocktail” with Tom Cruise in 1988. She also starred in “A Cure for Wellness” and “Young Guns.” On television, she’s had roles on “Nashville,” “Madam Secretary,” “Masters of Sex” and “NCIS.”

Banes lived in Los Angeles and was married to Kathryn Kranhold, a contributing reporter for the Center for Public Integrity.

Friends and colleagues mourned Banes on Tuesday on Twitter.

“Just busted,” singer Jill Sobule tweeted. “Lisa Banes was magnificent, hilarious, and big-hearted – always helped me though the hard times. She was so beloved by so many.”

Actor Seth McFarlane said he was deeply saddened at the death of Banes, whom he worked with on his TV series “The Orville.”

“Her stage presence, magnetism, skill and talent were matched only by her unwavering kindness and graciousness toward all of us,” McFarlane tweeted.

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Lisa Nandy's hopes for stronger party shattered as Labour yet to ‘hit rock bottom’

Lisa Nandy says Labour has ‘moved away from the people’

The Labour Party can expect worse things to come as it has not yet “hit rock bottom”, Express.co.uk was told. It comes as a new poll found the party trailing behind the Conservatives by 18 points. Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s candidates in councils across England enjoyed a resurgence in popularity to the detriment of Sir Keir Starmer in the May elections.
Here, Labour lost control over countless councils, and faced defeat at the Hartlepool by-election, the seat turning blue for the first time since its creation in 1974.

While many MPs and Labour top brass were hopeful that the elections would inspire some energy in the party, many predicted another drubbing at the polls.

Lisa Nandy, the Shadow Foreign Secretary and MP for Wigan, admitted that Labour was facing a hammering in its heartlands.

However, she told Times Radio she was hopeful, and that voters had noticed the party was “under new management and appreciate it”, hinting that whatever the result, it could be the start of Labour’s comeback in England.

Lisa Nandy: The shadow Foreign Secretary is hopeful that Labour will regroup

Lisa Nandy: The shadow Foreign Secretary is hopeful that Labour will regroup (Image: GETTY)

Labour Party: Nandy pictured with Jonathan Ashworth earlier this month

Labour Party: Nandy pictured with Jonathan Ashworth earlier this month (Image: GETTY)

Others are less sure.

Richard Wyn Jones, a political scientist, argues that Labour has not yet hit its roughest patch.

He said the Pandora’s box that opened during Jeremy Corbyn‘s leadership – the emergence of distinct identity and personality politics – has left Labour scarred deep enough that “rock bottom” remains a long way off.

Prof Wyn Jones Express.co.uk: “My view is that part of the psychodrama of Labour and this focus on personalities and tensions is that the Labour Party still doesn’t know what’s hit it.

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Keir Starmer: The Labour leader has promised to renew the party’s vision and direction (Image: GETTY)

“It is still reeling, still worried, rightly, that it hasn’t hit rock bottom yet.

“It doesn’t even have a road map back to power.

“So I think that a lot of this personality politics and machinations, it’s a kind of displacement activity.

“I generally don’t think they know what’s hit them, and they don’t know what to do, and this is all in England.”


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Patriotism: Starmer has for the past year embarked on making Labour the ‘patriotic party’ (Image: Twitter/@Keir_Starmer)

Labour leadership: Nandy ran against Starmer in the party's April 2020 leadership elections

Labour leadership: Nandy ran against Starmer in the party’s April 2020 leadership elections (Image: GETTY)

When asked whether he believed the party could regroup before the next election, Prof Wyn Jones said: “We don’t know when the next election is going to be, and if it’s as scheduled it’s a long way away.

“Anybody who predicts anything about British politics after the last five or six years is braver than I am, but I certainly feel at the moment that Labour hasn’t hit the bottom.

“I think there are more internal recriminations to follow.

“They may well bottom out well in time before the next UK general election.”

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Brexit news: Starmer’s Brexit policy has flip-flopped over the years (Image: Express Newspapers)

Currently, the next general election is scheduled for 2024 but a snap election may be called between then and now depending on the political events that prevail.

Despite this, pollsters predicting the outcome of future events suggest that the Tories are currently on course to win an 88-seat majority, according to website Election Polling.

In this time Sir Keir hopes to send Labour in a new direction with the announcement of his new manifesto and economic vision last week.

This, he said, would not look to the Tony Blair and Mr Corbyn years, much to the displeasure of many of those present at the virtual event held by the centre-left think tank Progressive Britain.

He said he would spend the summer making extended visits to places the party must win, like those sears in the North of England and Midlands.

Jeremy Corbyn: Starmer says his vision for Labour will not look to the Corbyn and Blair years

Jeremy Corbyn: Starmer says his vision for Labour will not look to the Corbyn and Blair years (Image: GETTY)

Yet, the new manifesto will resemble Mr Corbyn’s, keeping many of the radical policies including re-nationalising key industries, including rail, energy networks and Royal Mail, and making extensive new offers on childcare, adult education and social care.

Peter Mandelson, Hartlepool’s former MP, who was present at the event, offered his experience and said Sir Keir should start listening more closely to those who had won elections for Labour, rather than seeing Mr Blair’s time in power as a time of an “embarrassing aunt”.

Sir Keir remained steadfast during the Q&A, however, and said: “We can’t hug someone from the past, some historical figure, and say all we need is X.

“We’ve got to do it, the hard work is on us.”

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Lisa Shaw dead: BBC Radio presenter dies at 44 after short illness

BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Lisa Shaw has died at the age of 44, her family has confirmed. The presenter was known for her mid-morning show as tributes have begun pouring in.
The BBC shared a statement from Lisa’s family earlier today announcing the news.

This read: “We are all completely heartbroken, in disbelief, numb, and saddened, that there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that will never, ever be filled.

“We are so grateful for the time that we have had with her, and there are so many happy memories that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives.

“She was the best wife and mammy, sister, daughter, aunty, friend and colleague that anyone could hope for.

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“She loved connecting every day with the wonderful people of the North East, and it gives us great comfort to know how many lives she was an integral part of every single day.

“We’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support we have received at such a difficult time, reinforcing how deeply cherished she was by so many people. We will love and miss her, always.”

Lisa was from County Durham and studied at Bournemouth University.

She began her career working for the North East commercial stations Century Radio and Real Radio.

Here, she won the Sony Gold Award for breakfast show of the year.

She then continued her career at Metro Radio and Heart.

Lisa had joined the BBC radio station back in 2016 as a daytime presenter.

BBC Radio Newcastle also paid tribute to the presenter on their Twitter account.

They wrote: “We are so sorry and saddened to share with you that after a short illness our beautiful colleague Lisa Shaw has died.

“Everyone at the station is devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family.

“She was a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend and a loving wife and mum.”

Many of Lisa’s colleagues have also begun paying their respects.

Head of BBC Local Radio Chris Burns said: “Lisa was a talented presenter who had already achieved a lot and would have achieved much more.”

BBC Radio Newcastle’s executive editor Rik Martin said the station were “devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family”.

He added: “She was a trusted colleague, a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend, and a loving wife and mum.

“She loved being on the radio and was loved by our audiences.

“We’ve lost someone special who meant a great deal to a great many people.”

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Lisa Marie Presley earnings: Did Elvis leave all his money to Lisa Marie?

Lisa Marie Presley was just a child when her father, Elvis Presley died. While she would seem the most suited person to receive his wealth on his death, her being nine-years-old may have made The King think twice before leaving everything he had to her.

Did Elvis Presley leave all his money to Lisa Marie?

Elvis Presley did leave everything to Lisa Marie, but she was not able to use it until she was older.

Her mother, Priscilla, as well as Elvis’s father Vernon, were in charge of the estate until Lisa Marie was old enough to inherit it.

Despite this, at the time of Elvis’s death, he did not have as much in the bank as one might think.

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The most valuable things he left her were his image rights and Graceland, though part of that no longer belongs to Lisa Marie.

At the time of his death, Elvis was worth about £3.5million ($ 5million), which is more like £14million ($ 19.6 million) today.

Elvis lived a lavish lifestyle, which is part of the reason why he did not have too much money in the bank when he died.

But it is also due to a poor deal negotiated by Elvis’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, which meant all future royalties were signed away, leaving Lisa Marie without them on his death.

Elvis signed a contract in 1954 with Sun Records’ Sam Phillips, which meant the producer owned all of Elvis’s recordings made there.

However, Sam sold this contract and the catalogue of songs made at Sun Records to RCA, Elvis’ second record company, in late 1955, after which Elvis remained under contract to RCA.

He received artist’s royalties on record sales and also insisted on having songwriting credits on his songs, which meant publishing rights.

However, in March 1973, Colonel Tom and Elvis negotiated a lump sum in lieu of all future artist’s royalties for anything recorded up to that time, which included quite a substantial back catalogue at this time.


RCA paid Elvis and Colonel Tom £4.2million ($ 5.4million) for the artist royalties, which was then split equally between the two men.

This amount would be equal to more than £24.2million ($ 31.5million) in today’s money.

As a result, Lisa Marie did not inherit the artist’s royalties on sales of recordings made before March 1973, however she did inherit the artist royalties on those made after that date, which was still four years of music.

As well as that, she did inherit the publishing rights to Elvis’ work, which is believed to be about 700 songs.

These contracts, however, will expire after a certain amount of time, meaning these earnings will eventually dry up.

Lisa Marie also inherited image rights for Elvis, and Graceland, his home, which has since been turned into a tourist attraction.

Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) was founded to manage the huge estate Elvis ultimately left, despite it only having a small amount of cash in the bank.

In 2005, Lisa Marie sold 85 percent of her share of EPE to entertainment company CKX.

This included its physical and intellectual properties, such as image rights, however, Lisa Marie retained sole ownership of Graceland and her father’s personal items, many of which remain in the house.

Lisa Marie still has a 15 percent share in the company of EPE, despite, in 2013, her 85 percent share being sold to the Authentic Brands Group.

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Elvis Presley’s family on how The King would have handled teenage Lisa Marie’s boyfriends

Elvis Presley’s only child Lisa Marie was just nine-years-old when her father died on August 16, 1977. Sadly The King didn’t live to see his daughter grow up, but now their family have shared how they think Elvis would have handled a teenage Lisa Marie bringing boyfriends home to Graceland. A fan sent in the question to Elvis’ cousins, who run the Memphis Mafia Kid YouTube channel, for their expert advice.
Danny Smith, who knew Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie Presley as a child, responded to the question, having consulted his Memphis Mafia parents Billy and Jo Smith.

The question was: “Had Elvis have lived longer, how would you imagine he’d handle a teenage Lisa bringing boyfriends home.”

Elvis’ cousin replied: “Elvis was open-minded…he would probably have that father talk.”

Danny reckons The King would have said to a boyfriend of Lisa Marie: “Son, I could be your best friend or I could be your worst damn enemy. You choose.”

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Danny added: “As Lisa matured and got into [boys], I think he would have been just like he was when she was a child.

“Like a lot of fathers are over their daughters. Somewhat overprotective, but want[ing] to lead her and let her live life and go through life.”

A few years ago, Lisa Marie spoke of growing up at Graceland with her father on CBS’s The Talk.

She said: “He and I spent a lot of time together upstairs; the upper part of Graceland is basically his room and my room.”

Lisa Marie would take full advantage of how her father was a night owl who would be asleep when she was up.

She remembered: “He would sleep all day so me and my friends pretty much had the run of Graceland.

“And I knew that nobody was going to tell me what to do because they would get fired. I was, truly a terror to be honest.”

When asked what traits of her father’s she has, Elvis’ daughter replied: “His personality and intensity levels I can emulate pretty well.”

Elvis left the Graceland estate to Lisa Marie and the Memphis mansion was opened to the public as a museum in 1982.

Today the property is the second most-visited home in the US after The White House.

While fans can tour the mansion, the upstairs remains off-limits as it was The King’s private space in life, so remains so in his death.

Nevertheless, it’s Lisa Marie’s request that those rooms are perfectly preserved like Elvis just got up and left.

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