"I divorced him even though I still loved him, but I needed to find out what the world was like, but the greatest thing about our relationship is that we still loved each other."
Right before the Christmas of 1966, the only King of Rock and Roll to ever live, Elvis Presley got down on one knee in a bedroom with a three-and-a-half-carat diamond ring in his hand. He asked Priscilla Presley (born as Priscilla Beaulieu) if she would marry him, to which she replied, "More than ever".
It was the most talked-about wedding at the time. The King married his girlfriend on May 1, 1967, according to Vogue. During the ceremony, Elvis requested that the word "obey" would be omitted from the vows, as reported by People.
Priscilla Beaulieu became his first and only wife that he had, and though it was short-lived, their marriage saw immense passion that she remembers long after he passed away. Although the two of them met when Priscilla Presley was just 14 years old, it is said that they had never been physically intimate with each other until they got married when she was 21. And that's a night she vividly remembers because there was a "frenzy of passion".
"The intensity of emotion I was experiencing was electrifying. The desire and lust that had built up in me throughout the years exploded," she wrote in her book, Elvis and Me, according to Metro. Together, the star couple had a daughter named Lisa Marie, who came into their lives on February 1, 1968, which is exactly nine months after their wedding.
Priscilla worked extremely hard in the marriage to create and maintain the "mystique" around her in the relationship. In the interview she had with the U.K. talk show Loose Women in 2016, she even admitted that Elvis Presley had not even once seen her without makeup in the six years of marriage that they shared together. "There are things you keep to yourself," she said, according to Country Living. "He never wanted to see me getting dressed. He wanted to see the result of getting dressed."
The marital bliss they shared started wearing off and Priscilla Beaulieu later admitted, "We literally lived in a bubble."
She had nothing but love for him but soon realized that having married too young and stepping into her husband's world of fame never gave her time to figure herself out. "I didn’t have my teenage years as a normal girl, so I had to adapt," she said. "You lived his life, you didn’t have your own life, you saw things he wanted to see, you listened to the music he wanted to listen to, you would go to the places he wanted to go. So you really kind of lost yourself. As a woman, I didn’t really know who I was."
Eventually, the fears of being so young started coming in the way of their relationship and even though they were married for only six years before their divorce, she could never forget the love that Elvis Presley filled her life with ever since the day they said, "I do".
"I did not divorce him because I didn't love him, he was the love of my life," she said. "I divorced him even though I still loved him, but I needed to find out what the world was like, but the greatest thing about our relationship is that we still loved each other."
Elvis Presley couldn't imagine completely breaking off ties with her or her daughter. "He adored having a child. He adored Lisa. He just loved watching her grow up," Priscilla Beaulieu said, according to Elvis Australia. "He was a very caring father." But spending long weeks on the road because of his career meant that the separation started growing.
Living separately or even having a divorce contract stating that your marriage is over can't erase the years that the couple spent together. For Priscilla Beaulieu, it was devastating to find out about his untimely death because he was so much more than a husband to her. "[I lost] everything," she told ET. "You have to remember, he was such an impact in my life, in every way. He was my mentor, he was my confidant. I wrote this in my book. He was everything. In my book, I wrote 'my God,' because I lived and breathed him."
Their marriage may have had its bitter moments, but they never tarnished the sweet ones they shared. In a recent post on Instagram, she even wrote, "Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind. Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine."
Decades later, she still remembers the wonderful human being that he was. "When you come here [Graceland] and you see everything that he accomplished, I think even when he was able to afford so much, he never lost who he was," he said about the man she loved and married. "He was still God-fearing, he still loved to entertain. He was very, very generous. He was very authentic. What you see is what you got with Elvis. He wasn't trying to be anyone else. And he was a very, very special human being and we were all gifted to have him."