Elvis Presley’s Long-Time Girlfriend Linda Thompson’s Throwback Photos Show Tender Moments With the King’s Daughter Lisa Marie

by Samantha Whidden
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Linda Thompson, the long-time girlfriend of Elvis Presley recently took to Instagram to show the love between The King and his daughter, Lisa Marie

The post, which was dedicated to Lisa Marie for her birthday in February, shows tender moments of Linda, Lisa Marie, and Elvis Presley. “I am wishing you everything wonderful for you @lisampresley today on the occasion of your birthday today,” Thompson says. “And every single day of your life!” 

Linda Thompson then describes Lisa Marie as a big and beautiful part of her memories with Elvis. “I hope you know my heart is always with you and I am always here for you. I have always loved you and I always will,” She writes to Presley’s only child. 

Linda Thompson and Elvis Presley notably met in 1972 when Linda attended a private movie screening hosted by The King himself n Memphis. The duo hit it off and dated for four years before ending things in December 1976. They remained good friends until his death in August 1977. 

Linda Thompson Opens Up About Relationship With Elvis Presley 

In a recently discovered interview with The Dean Z Show, Linda Thompson shares how the relationship with Elvis Presley was very different from other relationships. 

“In a normal relationship, you go to work, you come back, you meet for a few hours, you have dinner, [and] you go to sleep. The next day you’re both off doing your thing,” Linda Thompson explains. She then admits then with Elvis Presley it constantly intense. “There was such togetherness that it really did equate to about 10 years it felt like.”

Thompson then recalls the deep heartbreaking conversation she had with Elvis about his “worst flaw.” When she asked what that was, Presley answers, “Well, I probably am only gonna say this one, but I think a little bit self-destructive.”

Linda Thompson says the comment stuck with her because she believes he recognized it but had already started down a “downward spiral” and she didn’t think he knew how to stop it. 

Linda Talks Remaining Supportive of Elvis During Hard Times 

Also during the interview, Linda spoke about her support when Elvis Presley began to experiment with sleeping pills. “It was like having a newborn baby,” Linda recalls. “I wouldn’t sleep [and] I wanted to know he was okay. I would sit and watch him until he fell asleep and then I would get up all through the night.”

Thompson then notes that during this time she was developing a “pattern of wakefulness” to check on his breathing and make sure Elvis Presley was okay because she admits, sometimes he wasn’t. “It was exhausting,” Linda declares while discussing the lack of sleep. “And also just emotionally exhausting because this is a person that I loved more than my own life.”