Dark secrets of the Presley family

The Presley family is among Hollywood's most respected broods. Elvis Presley, it goes without saying, was a legendary singer who provided the soundtrack to a generation. His eccentric lifestyle, love for women, lavish homes and more made him bigger than life.

Although Elvis had many women in his lifetime, he was only married once — in the late 60s, to Priscilla Presley. The pair had one child together, daughter Lisa Marie. People painted their lives as perfect, but it was far from great, and his ex-wife and daughter have led hard lives in the spotlight since his death in 1977. Here are the dark secrets from this bizarre family.

Lisa Marie isn't good at marriage

Few women have a marriage track record like Lisa Marie Presley. In 2016, news broke that Lisa Marie was ending her union with Michael Lockwood, whom she had been married to since 2006. Unfortunately, it was her fourth failed marriage. According to Us Weekly, she was married to Danny Keough from 1988 to 1994. Her second marriage was to the King of Pop Michael Jackson and that lasted from 1994 to 1996. Lisa Marie endured another short-lived marriage to Nicolas Cage from 2002 to 2004.

Becoming blunt about her numerous trips down the aisle, Presley told Marie Claire in 2007 some of her decisions weren't the best. "I had been really sheltered. I got married the first time very, very young," she told the magazine. "And the marriage I was in, there was so much resentment about who I was, because I had more than he did, and it became a power struggle. It is hard for a man to be with a woman who is stronger, wealthier. So in my mind I'm thinking, I know, I'll get with someone more compatible." She called her second marriage to Jackson the "biggest mistake of [her] life." She adds, "I wasn't thinking what everyone else was thinking, which was that I must have been out of my f**king mind."

And as for her rocky marriage to Cage? "Marrying him was a wild flurry, a crazy idea and being young, and 'Ahhh!'" she quipped.

Is her ex-husband a criminal?

In early 2017, shortly after filing for divorce from her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood, Lisa Marie made the shocking claim she found inappropriate pictures and other materials on Michael's computer. As a result, the couple's 8-year-old twin daughters were shuffled off to live with Lisa Marie's mother, Priscilla Presley, according to ABC News. It all started in June of 2016, when she contacted authorities claiming child abuse. In the aftermath of that situation, authorities seized items from the couple's Tennessee home. No criminal charges have been filed regarding the allegations.

"Mr. Lockwood and his lawyers believe that it is very unfortunate and inappropriate that Ms. Presley chose to file a one-sided, inaccurate version of the facts in the Family Law Court's publicly accessible files," Michael's attorney said in a statement. "Ms. Presley and her lawyers undoubtedly knew that their highly sensational, inaccurate and unproven claims would be of great interest to the media, which would disseminate Ms. Presley's inaccurate story as a result."

Since the allegations made headlines, Michael has been allowed court-appointed monitored visits with his kids, reports TMZ. It's unclear when the matter will be settled.

Lisa Marie is broke

Lisa Marie says her bank accounts are nearly on zero after details of her finances were disclosed in her ongoing divorce with Michael. According to ABC News, the starlet claims most of her $300 million fortune is gone and that she owes big bucks to both the IRS and creditors.

Billboard dug deeper into her finances, which would explain why she's refusing to pay Michael the $40,000 a month in spousal support he's seeking. According to the site, Lisa Marie owes the government $1 million in back taxes. This comes as Michael's lawyers claim Lisa Marie earns about $5.6 million annually from her father's estate.

Lisa Marie claims her finances are ruined, but according to the Associated Press (via Fox News) she gets a $100,000 monthly inheritance check from her late father's estate, which also pays her $4,300 a month. The estate also covers her health insurance and to make matters worse, Lisa Marie claimed she was living rent-free with her adult daughter. Lisa Marie also says she's been in a rehab facility in California since leaving Tennessee. She also told the court her money goes toward paying for two nannies for her kids and that she does not shop or spend money on herself.

Lisa Marie is hard on nannies

Back in 2009, shortly after giving birth to twin girls, Lisa Marie acquired the help of a nanny by the name of Christine White, according to TMZ. As the site detailed, Christine sued Lisa Marie because she felt she was overworked without proper compensation. The suit says Christine was tasked with caring for the babies around the clock, and that she worked seven-day weeks and was not granted breaks.

By the following year, Christine had dropped her case against the star mom, adds a follow-up report by the site. As the story goes, Lisa Marie countersued, claiming Christine was fired after breaking her contract. She allegedly took several photographs of the babies — thus breaking the confidentiality agreement. The case was ultimately dismissed, but it's unclear if it was settled.

Priscilla's face was botched

In a desperate attempt to look good, Priscilla fell victim to a terrible doctor who only wanted her cash. According to TMZ, who wrote a 2008 story about Elvis' ex-wife's face, she allowed an unlicensed physician, Dr. Daniel Serrano, to inject silicone into her face. Even worse, the drugs and chemicals used were not even meant for cosmetic procedures — rather they were similar to silicone used for auto parts in Argentina.

In 2008, stories began circulating about why Priscilla's face had changed so much. Turns out, she was getting injections that reportedly cost between $300 and $500 each. TMZ added that Dr. Serrano was indicted by the feds for smuggling drugs into the country and for administering unapproved drugs. Priscilla has since undergone corrective procedures to fix the bad work.

Priscilla lost herself while dating Elvis

The year was 1967 and Priscilla was marrying her hunky new man, who was also an international star. As great as it would seem for any young girl to marry Elvis, Priscilla recalls losing herself and her identity as a young teenage woman.

She explained to Jonathan Ross via the Huffington Post, "I was kind of lost really in who I was earlier in my life, I really didn't have teenage years, I learnt so much about him and was with him so much that I thought the way he did, I knew what he liked, what he didn't like, I knew his thoughts, I knew everything as far as you could possibly do when you live together at such a young age."

Today she's way more comfortable discussing that period in her life because she understands fame better. The pair tied the knot in Las Vegas and Priscilla moved into Graceland. She and Elvis remained married until 1973. Their divorce was said to be amicable.

She claims their marriage ended partly because they "lived in a bubble" and rarely went out. And there were several odd things as well — including him never wanting to see her without makeup during their six-year union. "He never wanted to see me getting dressed. He wanted to see the result of getting dressed," she told a UK talk show (via Country Living).

Elvis had a thing for virgins

Elvis lived an odd life with a big thirst for money, food, drugs, glamour and of course women. But he liked his ladies to come with one caveat — they must be virgins, reported the Daily Mail, who published snippets from the book Elvis Presley: A Southern Life by Joel Williamson. According to the book, he and Priscilla were intimate but didn't have intercourse before marriage as he felt the need to preserve her virginity. "He taught her how to make love in various ways short of full intercourse," the author wrote.

That tidbit of information is corroborated by ex-girlfriend Linda Thompson's own memoir, A Little Thing Called Life: From Elvis' Graceland to Bruce Jenner's Caitlyn & Songs in Between, published in 2016. According to an Us Weekly report that excerpted the book, Linda lost her virginity to Elvis. But when the pair met, he didn't want to touch her in that way just yet. "'I want to preserve you as long as you need,'" she writes. "He actually used the word 'preserve.'"

Elvis would do anything to look good

Fame is a terrible drug. It always pushes stars to do the oddest tasks in order to stay thin and beautiful. As Linda Thompson wrote in her memoir, per Us Weekly, her ex-lover Elvis was no different. He famously battled both drugs and weight problems in the public eye. The latter would drive him to unthinkable measures to keep the weight off — including a long two-week period of sedation.

During the weight-loss sleeping period, Elvis mainly slept "except for free brief periods each day when he woke up long enough to go to the bathroom and eat a small portion of food," Linda writes. "Then he was sedated again and went back to sleep." He was also known to crash diet on just 500 calories a day, she said.

Another secret from her relationship to the iconic singer? He wore high collars to conceal his neck, which he apparently hated. She writes he wore the trademark style to keep his "skinny little chicken neck" hidden from the public. But at age 40, after years of wear and tear, Elvis opted for a facelift. "There has been speculation through the years that Elvis had his eyes done or some other mystery procedure, but that mini facelift was the extent of his plastic surgery," she wrote.

Priscilla moves fast when it comes to dating

One year after Tom Jones' wife, Melinda, died, Priscilla was spotted on a romantic date night with Tom. The scene caused quite the stir as the pair had been friends for decades, reported The Sun (via The Mirror). But while it seemed like a match, Tom revealed he was unsure how his late friend Elvis would feel about it. "I really don't know how Elvis would feel about us having dinner together. He probably wouldn't be too sure," he said. "She's been a friend of mine since 1968 when I first met her with Elvis. We've been in each other's lives for years."

While it seemed a bit rushed, the pair maintained they are just friends despite clues saying otherwise. "She is one of a bunch of people I know in Los Angeles. We do hang out," Tom claimed. "We have been friends for a long time. She's a lovely lady. We do enjoy our nights out together."

In a move to squash stories that Priscilla was making a move on a wealthy man grieving his wife's death, a spokesperson for Jones issued a statement denying dating headlines. "Priscilla Presley and Tom have known each other for many, many years," the spokesperson said, according to People. "They are part of a wider social group that occasionally meet up for an evening out. There is no more to the story than that."

Elvis was terrified of germs

Speaking to Jonathan Ross (via the Daily Mail) in 2015, Priscilla revealed that her late ex-husband was a serious germaphobe. In fact, he refused to use anyone else's silverware — even at restaurants.

"He never liked to go to people's homes to eat because [he] didn't like eating with other people's silverware, so he would take his own silverware," she revealed of his dark secret. "And he didn't like drinking out of cups that other people had drunk out of, even restaurants or other people's homes… So when he drank, he would drink where the handle was, knowing that no one would ever drink at that side."

Although that tidbit of knowledge had not yet been publicly known, Priscilla says Elvis was that way even as a young boy. "I think he just didn't like to put his mouth where other people put their mouth, with silverware, things that you put in your mouth," she added.

There's a fake Lisa running around

Everyone wants a piece of the massive Presley fortune, which makes the family a target for lawsuits. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, a woman by the name of Lisa Johansen believes she is Elvis' real daughter and that Lisa Marie has stolen her identity. As such, she filed a $130 million suit against the family claiming both defamation and emotional distress.

Johansen first became known after publishing a bizarre 1998 memoir, I, Lisa Marie: The True Story of Elvis Presley's Real Daughter. As the story goes, after Elvis' death in 1977, Johansen believes her alleged mother, Priscilla, forced her to assume another identity for fear of her life. She's also commissioned the United Kingdom to investigate her claim of identity theft. She then engaged in a bitter legal battle with the family after showing up at Graceland, which set off alarms. It's unclear if Johansen submitted to a DNA test.

Graceland was accused of racial discrimination

Graceland, Elvis' estate, and the city of Memphis were accused of racial discrimination in 2017, reports the New York Daily News. A suit brought on by five people claims the estate wouldn't let them attend a vigil commemorating Elvis' death in August 2016 because they were chanting "black lives matter." "The decision as to which citizens were allowed to attend the public vigil and which citizens were denied access to the public vigil, was based on the race of the citizens," reads the suit.

Graceland said in a statement, "For 34 years now, Graceland has welcomed over 20 million visitors. They have come to celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley from nearly every country on earth, and they have all been welcomed without incident."