Elvis has been gone for decades, but he has not left our hearts. Fans continue to love and learn about Elvis Presley, even after his tragic death in 1977. As a performer and international icon, Elvis was forced to live two separate lives. One was in the spotlight as his public persona, the other side was how he acted in private with his closest family and confidants.
Priscilla Presley, the King of Rock and Roll’s former wife, has come forward to give his super fans a taste of Elvis years after his untimely passing. She wanted to give the people who were touched by Elvis’s music another opportunity to feel close to the man who inspired millions.
During an interview with WGN9 Morning News, Priscilla shared a secret Elvis tried to keep hidden throughout his career. Now that the truth is out, we will never look at the King in quite the same way ever again.
Elvis Presley was 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 revealed.
Elvis was worried about contracting germs from her person who had used the cup before him, so he came up with this unique way of sipping from his mug.
“He was religious about it, so it was always his cup.”
It seems Elvis was a germaphobe more in his childhood, but once he matured and reached the height of his success, he cared less about germs.
“Not so much as when he was a child,” Priscilla said. “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.”
Priscilla’s revelation of Elvis’ secret was to give the world some insight into the special life she shared with the late music icon. She knew him better than most, having been married to him from 1967 to 1973.
“I met him when I was 14 years old. We courted for a while.” She married Elvis when she was 21 years old. “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.”
Priscilla made a point to keep her and Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie, out of the spotlight.
“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.”
What do you think about Priscilla’s insights into Elvis’s world?