Priscilla Presley (née Beaulieu) has been in the public spotlight since the late 1960s due to her short-lived marriage to legendary rock star Elvis Presley. After first meeting the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1959, per Smooth Radio, when she was just 14 and he was 24, they began dating a few years later, eventually marrying shortly before Priscilla’s 22 in 1967. Birthday. They would also have a baby — Elvis’ only child — daughter Lisa Marie Presley, exactly nine months after their wedding. However, they divorced just six years later, in 1973, just four years before Elvis’ untimely death of heart failure in 1977.
Although Priscilla has been well scrutinized by the media and public for several decades, there are still many aspects of her life that fans of the late “King” may have missed, particularly those that took place after her divorce. One of those aspects might be one of the most important in her life: the fact that Priscilla Presley, like many other celebrities, has a past with the controversial Church of Scientology.
Priscilla Presley has been a Scientologist since Elvis’ death
It turns out that Priscilla Presley has been associated with Scientology for quite some time. In 2017, a source close to Priscilla told the Daily Mail that after her husband’s death in 1977, she reached out to the notable Scientologist John Travolta and “was in it [the Church] ever since.” Although it was reported at the time that Priscilla was considering breaking out of the church, her representatives denied it, per People.
Although Priscilla and Elvis Presley were divorced at the time of his death, the two were still very close. Priscilla even let Elvis eavesdrop on the phone while making love with other friends and refused to marry anyone else while Elvis was alive. After his death, Priscilla was shocked and devastated, per Outsider, which was likely a major factor in her joining Scientology. According to former Scientologist Steve Hall, the sectarian so-called religion resembles Buddhism in how it preaches reincarnation and the everlasting presence of past lives, which, alongside her grief, may have prompted Priscilla to seek some sort of connection with her late husband.
Elvis, however, was not a fan of Scientology and almost certainly would not have approved of his ex-wife if he were still alive. According to Janet Reitman’s “Inside Scientology,” per Rolling Stone, after leaving a Scientology center, Elvis exclaimed, “Fuck those people! There’s no way I’m ever going to get involved with this damn group. They just want my money.”
Both of Priscilla Presley’s children were also members of Scientology
Priscilla Presley wasn’t the only member of her family to join the Church of Scientology. According to the Daily Mail, Priscilla and Elvis Presley’s only child, daughter Lisa Marie, was involved in the church from the time her mother joined – when she was only about nine – until around 2014.
“I slowly started to self-destruct,” Lisa Marie said of Church pop culture after her departure. “They took my soul, my money, my everything. I have enough. I’m done.” Lisa Marie’s feelings echo many of those who have left the controversial church, with many former members labeling it a “cult” or abusive. But despite Lisa Marie’s unfriendly separation from the church, her mother apparently remains with her to this day.
Priscilla’s other, more inconspicuous child has also dabbled in the organization. In 2005, it was reported that Navarone Garibaldi, Presley’s then 18-year-old son with Marco Garibaldi, had joined the Church of Scientology. Navarone, Priscilla Presley’s only other child alongside Lisa Marie, had previously been arrested at the age of 17 for possession and use of hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana, sparking an uproar in the vocally anti-drug church. Additionally, since joining the church, Navarone has been arrested at least once for drug use. However, it is not known whether Navarone, now 35, is still a Scientologist like his mother almost 20 years later.