Priscilla Presley Rebounded From Elvis With Robert Kardashian

Priscilla Presley has been a Hollywood icon in movies and in fashion for decades. You might remember her from the Naked Gun movies or the Dallas television series. Some remember her most as being the ex-wife of the culture legend, Elvis Presley and mother of singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley. What you may not know is that Priscilla Presley also had another celebrity romance with a high-profile name – Robert Kardashian. It was a relationship that spawned quickly and could have led to a very different outcome for the Kardashian family.

Priscilla Presley smiling on a talk show style couch
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What Priscilla Presley is doing now

Priscilla Presley recently took to social media in response to rumors that her memory had been failing as of late. She told fans not to believe everything they read and reassured them she’s doing well and is in good health. Of course, she has suffered from various health issues over the past several years, but overall, she insists she still has plenty to accomplish. Twice each year, Priscilla Presley and her daughter, Lisa Marie, hold two massive memorial celebrations in Graceland to honor Elvis. For the past five decades, Elvis fans travel from all over the world to help celebrate. These events, in addition to the tours and Graceland museums, keep Priscilla Presley busy.

Elvis and Priscilla Presley could have been the ‘Kardashians’ of the sixties

Back in the ’60s, there was a great deal of drama and judgment surrounding this high-profile couple. So much so, it could have been a reality television show, had they been around in those days. Priscilla Presley met Elvis Presley when she was only 14. Their romance ensued, creating some degree of controversy due to her age and Elvis having been 10 years her senior. They were married in 1967 in Las Vegas, of course. Their daughter, Lisa Marie, was born a year later. Their marriage and lifestyle were considered to be a fairytale, but Elvis’ constant touring had him away and putting distance between their relationship. It finally took a toll, and the couple divorced in 1973. They did, however, continue to remain friends and co-parents.

Dating Robert Kardashian

Priscilla Presley had recently divorced and was living the life of a single mother when she met Robert Kardashian in 1975. It was Kardashian’s brother Tom, who had introduced the two, as he had been dating the ex-wife of Elvis’ road manager. Kardashian had also recently become single, having broken things off with Kris Jenner, who was working as a flight attendant at the time. Priscilla Presley and Robert Kardashian are reported to have fallen in love quickly. Their relationship escalated fast, and Kardashian was ready to marry her. But Presley put on the brakes and told him she would never marry anyone until Elvis passes away. It was this decision that would end the Presley/Kardashian relationship after about a year.

What Kris Jenner thought of the relationship

Robert Kardashian almost immediately reunited with Kris Jenner after his split with Priscilla Presley. They married within the next two years, and the rest, as you know, is Kardashian history. However, in Jerry Oppenheimer’s book, The Kardashians: An American Drama, he shares Jenner’s concern that she might not take the walk down the aisle with Kardashian. It was only a year after he split from Presley that Elvis died. Jenner worried that Kardashian might return for his former love. There was speculation that she carried a certain amount of jealousy in the years that followed.

The New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer shares plenty of Kardashian details in his book. If there were ever to be another celebrity union worthy of the scale of fame that the Kardashians experience, it would have been the Elvis and Priscilla Presley relationship. The former connection between Priscilla Presley and Robert Kardashian leaves plenty to the imagination in terms of what could have been.