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Elvis: Girlfriend Linda Thompson ‘Why I forgave incredible Elvis every time he cheated’

Elvis Presley was ’nuzzling’ against me says Linda Thompson

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Linda was The King’s final long-term relationship, living with and loving the superstar for four years. She went on to marry Bruce Jenner (later Caitlyn) and then music producer David Foster. In a powerful new filmed interview, she opens up about her love for such “an incredible human being” and confesses that she did know about all his affairs, describes what he would say to her each time he was caught – and explains why she stayed with him. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW

The special video was published today on The Memphis Mafia Youtube channel, which is run by Sheri Lacker, who is the daughter of original Memphis Mafia member Marty Lacker.

Linda says of Elvis: “He was an incredible human being and I feel incredibly lucky to have got to know him so deeply and it’s lasted to this day. He loved women. Sometimes too much. And I had to indulge him sometimes. I didn’t have to, I chose to, because, above all, we were best friends. We were lovers, kindred spirits, for sure.”

And Elvis would always come to Linda and confess each time.

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Linda says: “We understood each other and you know in that relationship he would come to me… He was always getting caught if he was cheating, always getting caught, and I would call him on it.

“He would sit me down and say, ‘Sweetheart, there is nobody in this world I care about like I care about you. You are my woman, you are my girlfriend, you are the one I love, nobody compares to you. Every time I am with some girl it just makes me realise how much I love you and how lucky I am to have you and how we are so well suited we are for each other.”

But how could anyone keep believing the same line? Linda explains below.

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Linda adds: ‘I bought it, hook line and sinker because I was a young, naive, blindly in love girl. So would just always forgive him, always go back to him… In fact I never left him, never left Graceland. In fact, I never moved out until the December of 1976, right before he died in 1977.

“But anyway, he was the kind of person that you would allow for transgressions and try to understand them. Let’s face it, he was Elvis Presley and he’d had an extraordinarily complex life, being catapulted into worldwide fame from abject poverty. His life had been a trajectory of a rocketing star..

“So I had to try to understand his personality and his psyche and I was willing to do that… until I wasn’t.”

After four years, Linda finally decided Elvis would never change and she was not willing to continue with the relationship.

She says: “And then we broke up in December of 1976. I sent him a beautifully written letter, I must say, and gave it to (Elvis’ cousin) Billy Smith to give to him, along with the diamond ring I had bought him for Christmas. And that was that.”

However, Linda says she still stayed in contact. She was the first person the King’s nine-year-old daughter Lisa Marie reached out to in “that awful call” on August 16, 1977, the night Elvis died.

Linda says: “She had the presence of mind to call me before she called anyone.”

Linda was there at the funeral and remained close to members of the Memphis Mafia. However, unlike many people in the star’s circle, she did not write a book about their time together for another 40 years.

She went on to marry Olympic icon Bruce Jenner in 1981 and have two sons, Brandon and Brody. Their five year marriage ended when Bruce told his wife about being transgender.

In 1991, Linda married David Foster and went on to build a successful songwriting career, composing songs for Josh Groban, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. 

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