Man with women assumed even claimed, Elvis Presley knew many adventures. But in the King’s life, there are only three who really mattered. First Priscilla Presley, the only one he married. After their divorce, he found love again in the arms of Linda Thompson who lived with him for four years at Graceland. His last girlfriend, Elvis Presley met her in 1976 when he was 41 years old. Ginger Alden had just celebrated her 20th birthday when she fell in love with the singer. But between them, the love was immediate and the King even planned to marry her on Christmas Day 1977. Life will have wanted it otherwise, since he breathed his last on August 16 of that year, at Memphis, struck down by a heart attack in her bathroom.
If it was long believed that Elvis Presley had calmed down in the arms of Ginger Alden, the truth is more complex … Decades after his death, his cousin dropped a bombshell in a video posted on his YouTube account. In it, Billy Smith assures that the King would have made him a surprising confidence just a few days before dying. When asked if he was really planning to marry his girlfriend, Elvis Presley reportedly revealed his true intentions. “He said to me, ‘I love Ginger. I love her and I want to be with her. I don’t know if I’m going to marry her right now, maybe later. As long as my career works, I don’t know. I’m not saying it won’t happen, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon because too many people are counting on me'”, he assured, explaining therefore that the marriage proposal of his cousin was not really sincere.
Elvis Presley: “The marriage, the first time, interfered”
During this casual discussion, Elvis Presley would have continued the confidences about his then companion and a possible marriage. “He said to me, ‘I thought about it, maybe one day. I’m getting older and I would like to slow down some of my tours. I have a lot of obligations. I enjoy my concerts, I will enjoy them always. That’s where I’m happiest,’ the King’s cousin continued. Marriage the first time interfered with a lot of my gigs because I felt like I was betraying Priscilla many times with other women and I also do it with Ginger’.” At the time, Ginger Ale knew nothing of Elvis Presley’s infidelities. Madly in love with the King, it was she who found his lifeless body in Memphis in August 1977. A traumatic episode that she will never forget.
“His arms were lying on the ground, close to his sides, palms facing up. It was clear that from the moment he landed on the ground, Elvis hadn’t moved. I gently turned his face towards me. A hint of air came out of her nose, she described in her memoir. The tip of her tongue was clenched between her teeth and her face was smudged. I gently lifted one eyelid. Her eye stared straight ahead. and his blood was red.” Decades after Elvis Presley’s death, Ginger Alden has only fond memories of their relationship. In her autobiography, she explained why she had never wanted to live under the same roof as her companion. “Moving to Graceland without being married first was something I didn’t believe in or didn’t feel was appropriate to do at the time,” she wrote.
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