Linda had been Elvis’s girlfriend for four years, but eight months before his death, during Christmas 1976, the couple broke up. She confessed that she could no longer bear his deceit, nor deal with how much she had to take care of him.
In a new interview, Linda revealed that she was the “first person” Lisa Marie called after learning of Elvis’s death. The girl, who was only nine years old, kept telling Linda, “My dad is dead.” The model and actress replied: “He’s not, he’s just sick.” But then some new information convinced her that Lisa Marie wasn’t playing.
Lisa Marie told him, “No, he’s drowning in the carpet.” Linda recalled, “That’s when I knew it was true.”
This statement was probably more literal than even Vernon realized. Linda recalled in the same interview that she saved his life several times during their four-year relationship.
She recalled: “He once fell asleep after taking a sleeping pill and dove headfirst into a bowl of chicken soup. I took it out because he would have choked to death. There were other times, but I’ll take them to my grave.” .”
The star, now 72, also pointed out inaccuracies found in the latest Presley biopic: Elvis. The film showed his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, spending time with the King when he fell ill due to his addiction. Linda claimed that Priscilla was never there, it was her.
She said: “Every time Elvis was hospitalized, I shared his room. The movie showed his ex-wife, Priscilla, at his bedside. She never even visited him, let alone stayed. Those last few years, I saved his life. life around ten to 12 times.
Ultimately, this was one of the main reasons she had to walk away from the relationship with Elvis.
She said: “I was exhausted from taking care of him, it was like taking care of a newborn baby. I was afraid that he would die while I was watching over him.”
Eventually, she sat him down and asked him to reduce his daily dose of medication. But he wouldn’t hear it.
Instead, he told her, “Don’t worry about me, honey, I’m going to live to be 85.”
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