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Elvis Presley’s Granddaughter Riley Keough Opens Up About Listening to the King’s Music: ’I Don’t Put It On’

by Samantha Whidden
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While fans of Elvis Presley will always remember him as The King, his family is dedicated to remembering him simply as a family member. In a recent interview with Variety, Elvis’ granddaughter Riley Keough admits she doesn’t really listen to his music. 

“I don’t put it on,” Riley Keough reveals. “If it’s on, I’ll listen to it.” She also states that there’s definitely emotion when it comes to Presley’s music. “There was definitely a lot of grief around it growing up, especially seeing my mom and my grandma.”

Riley Keough describes her family’s relationship to Elvis’ music as a sad kind of thing. She further explains that she could see at a young age that it would make her mother sad and she felt it. The actress also admits that when she listens to Elvis’ music it is tough on her. “It’s definitely an emotional experience, especially if it’s one of the more emotional songs.” She adds that the gospel stuff makes her emotional. 

Keough goes on to add that she expects to be compared to her famous grandfather as she continues to be in the spotlight. “My voice isn’t like Elvis,” Riley says. “But I’ll tell you what, I just realized recently that I do have kind of a country voice.”

Riley Discusses the Death of Her Brother Benjamin

Also in the interview, Riley Keough discusses her brother, Benjamin, who died from suicide last year. Referring to Benjamin as her best friend, Keough talks about her reactions to his death. “I think people have ideas about suicide and what that looks like. I did,” she explains. “I’m like, ‘OK, they must be a, b, and c.”

Riley Keough also states that she posted videos of him on her Instagram because she wanted to share with her followers that the people they would never expect to take their own lives, could in fact do so at any time. 

“It’s not linear,” Riley Keough states. “It wasn’t something that I saw coming so just taking away that bias around suicide for me was really important.” Instead of focusing on his death, Riley remembers Benjamin just as he was. “He was incredible. He was so smart, so funny [and] he was talented at everything he did.”

Riley Keough Talks New Filme’Zola’

Riley Keough is currently promoting her film Zola, which is a biographical film based on Aziah “Zola” King. Starring alongside Keough in the film is Taylour Paige, Nicholas Braun, Colman Domingo, Jason Mitchell, and Ts Madison. Zola was notably directed and co-written by Janicza Bravo.

Speaking about the friendships she has made on the set, Riley goes on to add, “Taylour and I became friends quickly. And Colman and Nick, we were all so close that it was really an environment that allowed all of us to feel really comfortable and safe.”