Priscilla Presley divulges a detail about Elvis Presley that will shock you AP Photo
Elvis Presley is shown performing in this undated photo at an unknown location. (AP Photo)

The life that Elvis Presley lived has always been so fascinating to his fans. So much so that years after his untimely death in 1977, people around the world are still learning who he was as a person both in and out of the spotlight.

Luckily for Elvis’ super fans, the “King of Rock and Roll’s” former wife, Priscilla Presley, is happy to share details about the legendary superstar behind big-time hits like “Jailhouse Rock” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

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In fact, Priscilla recently shared a rather funny quirk about Elvis during her recent visit at WGN 9 Morning News.

As it turns out, “The King” was actually somewhat of a germaphobe.

“When he drank his coffee, he would always drink it close to the handle and not anywhere else, because everywhere else other people would drink,” Priscilla explained of the late music icon. “He was religious about it, so it was always his cup.”

But she said Elvis was actually less of a germaphobe as an adult than he was in his youth.

“Not so much as when he was a child,” she explained. “When he was a child he would go to all his relatives’ homes and stay, and his mother would give him his own fork, and his own knife and spoon to bring, but he didn’t like it. He didn’t know for sure if it was clean or not.”

Cup and silverware specifications aside, Priscilla also chatted about her previous role as girlfriend, and then wife, to Elvis. The two were married from 1967 to 1973, but remained close friends after their divorce. They also share a daughter, Lisa Marie.

“I met him when I was 14 years old. We courted for a while,” the actress, who wed Elvis when she was 21 years old explained. “He was an amazing human being. He was generous. He was a caring person. He was loyal. I don’t know one person who does not like Elvis Presley — not one person.”


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As for Lisa Marie, she says, “I pretty much kept her out of the limelight. We traveled a lot. She was pretty much raised how I was raised, and we had different schools that she went to, because we were trying to find the right school. I tried to keep her out of all the glamour and keep her pretty grounded.”

Fans can find out more about Elvis soon, as Priscilla is helping piece together a brand-new documentary about the star called “Elvis Presley: The Searcher.” The documentary airs April 14 on HBO.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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