Lisa Marie Presley “didn’t like being in the public eye”.
The late singer – who died in January aged 54 due to complications from weight loss surgery – struggled with attention, something her daughter Riley Keough finds “crazy” because her mother was born into the spotlight as the only child of Elvis Presley and his then-wife Priscilla.
Speaking on the SiriusXM show ‘Inside Graceland’, host Joel Weinshanker – who is the managing partner and majority owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises – said: “You have a grandmother who loves to be the master of ceremonies, she loves to be in the limelight, she loves to be very welcoming and you had a mother who was exactly the opposite.”
Riley replied: “I think, you know, everybody’s different. [My mother] wasn’t somebody who liked attention. She didn’t like being in the public eye — which is a crazy situation that she was born into for somebody who doesn’t like attention.
“But she loved coming to Graceland, she loved the fans, and she loved being with the original generation of Elvis fans.
“And my grandmother, obviously, for so many years, she dedicated her whole life to Elvis’ legacy.”
The ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ actress – who inherited Elvis’ Graceland estate following her mother’s death – admitted she is currently unsure of her own position in comparison to Priscilla and Lisa Marie.
She laughed: “I don’t really know where I exist on that spectrum. I love being involved, because it’s my family and I care about them, and we’ll see how that works out in the future.”
But Riley did get involved with the NBC holiday special ‘Christmas at Graceland’ – which featured performances from the likes of Alanis Morissette, John Legend, Lana Del Rey, Post Malone and Kacey Musgraves – and had a great time.
She said: “But this has been a nice experience.”