While their relationship was idyllic to begin with, Priscilla referred to herself as her husband’s ‘living doll’ as a result of the way he ‘controlled’ her look.
“You need to apply more makeup around your eyes. Make them stand out more,” he reportedly told her. “They’re too plain naturally. I like a lot of makeup. It defines your features.”
Eventually, Priscilla admitted she had “lost herself” after becoming the global popstar’s wife. Reportedly, she was not allowed to have a career either and was required to be a stay at home wife and mother.
“I didn’t have my teenage years as a normal girl, obviously, so I had to adapt,” she told Loose Women. “So I just kind of followed what he did. I mean, you lived his life. You saw the movies he wanted to see. You listened to the music he wanted to listen to, and you go to places that he would go.”
She added: “I honestly didn’t have my own life.… So I really kind of lost myself.”
Of course, there were affairs too from both Elvis and Priscilla.
While the pair’s relationship didn’t seem to show many cracks on the surface, the couple were crumbling behind closed doors.
According to reports, Elvis tried to leave his wife while she was seven months pregnant with Lisa Marie, and once their daughter was born, he had no desire to be intimate with her.
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“[Elvis] had mentioned to me before we were married that he had never been able to make love to a woman who had a child,” wrote Priscilla in her book, Elvis and Me.
“I [was] beginning to doubt my own sexuality as a woman…. My physical and emotional needs were unfulfilled.”
According to Sonny West, a friend of Elvis, monogamy and intimacy with a ‘mother’ was difficult for the musician.
“It didn’t come easy for Elvis to be a committed husband. Elvis viewed her as a mother first and a wife second, and he had hang-ups about making love with her,” he wrote in his book, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business.