Following his separation and divorce from Priscilla Presley, Elvis Presley started dating Miss Tennessee model Linda Thompson. The couple would go on to live together at Graceland until their break-up in late 1976. Now 70-years-old, The King’s ex speaks warmly of her time with the star and often posts pictures with him.
In a throwback post from 2020, Linda shared some photos of herself with Elvis on tour in August 1976, just a year before his death at 42.
The King looks very merry in the snaps, with his ex-girlfriend commenting how they were together for almost 5 years.
However, she did admit that being such a star Elvis would get a lot of attention from women and would have “cheat days” every now and then.
Linda captioned the photos from 45 years ago: “August 3, 1976 – Roanoke Virginia… Always on the road or at Graceland living together for nearly 5 years … (save for the occasional “cheat days“ on his part…).”
Linda continued: “In his defence, women were far too readily available to him, and monogamy just wasn’t in his DNA.
“I always chose to forgive him, because I loved him and because he truly needed me… #alittlethingcalledlife #mymemoir #rocknrollhistory #king #noblame.”
The 70-year-old also added a description of where she and Elvis were in the photos.
It read: “On August 3rd 1976, Elvis Presley left his hotel in Roanoke, VA with Linda Thompson, Joe Esposito, Dick Grob and others.”
Linda wrote: “He was the king of cool as well as the king of rock ‘n’ roll. He had an enormous heart, an unbridled generosity, an innovative talent, a loving, affectionate nature, and a profound sensitivity.
“He was an original. He was complex in his simplicity, and he was very human. The world lost an icon 43 years ago today, but Elvis still lives in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.”
“Many travel to Memphis every year on the occasion of his passing, & remember him with a candlelight vigil.
“To see you smile… if only for awhile… to know you’re there…a breath away’s not far – TO WHERE YOU ARE.”
Linda and Elvis broke up in late 1976 because she wanted a more normal life, but the two remained friends until he died less than a year later.
After Linda, The King briefly dated Mindi Miller before his last serious girlfriend in Ginger Alden.
Elvis proposed to her in early 1977 with a diamond engagement ring.
While tragically she would be the one to find him dead after his heart attack on the toilet upstairs at Graceland.
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