Lisa Marie Presley

King's Daughter



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Healthy Living: Do you think the enormous legacy you represent affects the perception of your music? There are a lot of critics who have found it to be very worthy.

Lisa Marie Presley: Yes, without a doubt it’s much more difficult. Well, it can be easy. I suppose that because of the name and because of the connections one can have more than somebody that wasn’t in that situation. I get exposed to more and have more opportunities; however, there is a lot more expected out of me, which is the other aspect of that. I am constantly compared. Like I said, this is such a big part of my life that I just look at myself as a singer/songwriter and not as that. But no one is going to look at me like that. I try to leverage what I am but there sometimes is a lot more expected from me. Sometimes I’m treated like I am my father (laughs) but I am not him. That is expected. There is always that comparison, nonstop, that does put a lot more on me. Even though I may have some extra opportunities, it is an extreme… intense comparison and sometimes it’s not fair. But at the same time I kind of have to navigate through it. Knowing who my fans are because I definitely do have my own fan base. They are people who are into my music. I do know that I have that and it kind of keeps me sane and focused and still able to do it.

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Healthy Living: Can you tell me a little bit about the Elvis Presley charitable foundation and LEAP and any other charities that you are involved in?

Lisa Marie Presley: I have so many. My charities are typically always ones aimed at helping children. As far as charitable foundations specifically, we built a housing project in Memphis because of my father. I actually lived in one of them when he was younger and it was his sort of dream to build a thing like this. It’s called Presley Place. It is a housing project for families that are down. It’s there to help get their lives back together and get a job. They can get training and learning skills and have an apartment with two bedrooms for their children and them. It’s a place where they live and can get their life back and then move out. It’s doing very well and it’s constantly full. The next one we are going after, we are still raising money for it, to put one up in New Orleans. I have been involved in so many different types. On my last tour I was working very closely with World Vision: they are a nonprofit organization that helps children in the developing world. They sponsor children and provide them with money, clothing… anything they need. So every concert we had a table laid out of all the past children and families that donated money to them monthly. We really encourage building relationships with people doing that and we did very well. A lot of children were helped during the world and US tour. We are closely working together with World Vision. I mean, there are so many of them. For me though my interest lies with kids always.

Healthy Living: What is your priority in life?

Lisa Marie Presley: My children. No question, my family and my loved ones.

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Healthy Living: Can you tell us about your children and family? What it’s like to be in england and how the move has changed things?

Lisa Marie Presley: We are just very normal. I have two older children: one, I can’t believe it, she’s 25 and a 21-year old, my son, and then the two little ones. We all stay together. We are all very close. Wherever I am they have their rooms and live with me. We all try to stay close as much as possible. Like in the same room, preferably for me. I don’t like it when they are far away in any way. I am very protective. I just smother them in love and I am also ferociously protective.They are my priority. That’s what I do. That’s what I care most about. I keep them close to me and make sure they are happy and healthy. When they get older sometimes I don’t think it ever ends. When they get past 18 I think their problems just get bigger to be honest (laughs); that’s always a struggle. We all are very, very close. The older ones absolutely adore the younger ones and they help me with them. We all kind of hold each other up; we are all each other’s best friends. I’m theirs but I am also their mother. That’s kind of that. Does that answer your question? But where ever we are always trying to stay together. We are always texting. My daughter is very busy acting, has a crazy schedule. It’s a constant struggle and juggle to get everybody in the same place at the same time and keep us close. None of us are happy if we haven’t seen each other past a week or two. It’s just a normal family.

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