Elvis Presley would have turned 85 today. But none of us will hear Elvis say “Thankyaverymush” to a peanut butter and banana birthday cake, because Elvis died back in 1977 at the age of 42. The memory of Elvis is still very much alive at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Starting today and running through Saturday, Graceland will celebrate Elvis’ 85th birthday. Priscilla Presley will be there, as well as Lisa Marie Presley. Sadly, two of Elvis’ grandchildren will be MIA, because Lisa Marie is knee-deep in a messy custody battle with her estranged husband Michael Lockwood.
According to The Blast, Lisa Marie recently filed an emergency request to meet with a judge, in hopes that said judge will grant permission for hrt to take her 11-year-old twin daughters Harper and Finley to Graceland for the festivities. Lisa has to get legal permission for travel, because neither she nor Michael are allowed to take the girls out of state without the permission of the other parent. Michael, who lives in California like Lisa, refused to let Lisa travel with the girls to Tennessee. Which brings us to Lisa’s emergency hearing. Sadly for Lisa, the judge didn’t consider a birthday party for a dead man to be an emergency situation, and he denied her request.
If you think Michael is being petty and Lisa is being dramatic, well – this is just the beginning. Lisa filed for divorce from Michael in June 2016, and they’re still not officially divorced yet. Three and a half years ago! Who do they think they are, the Hard Rock Cafe version of Brangelina? Much like Brangelina’s divorce, Lisa and Michael’s got messy too. Lisa accused Michael, her fourth husband, of being in possession of some questionable photos of their daughters. Michael has accused Lisa of faking poverty in an attempt to avoid paying his spousal support and lawyer’s fees, which totaled nearly half a million dollars.
Lisa might not have been faking her financial situation. She accused her former money managers of blowing $100 million of her money. It was also revealed that she allegedly skipped a couple tax years, owed some money on various properties, and was living rent-free with her daughter while the girls lived with Granny Priscilla. In 2018, she decided to sue her former money manager for missing funds.
And this won’t be their last showdown in court. The Blast reports that Lisa and Michael have an entire month blocked off in the calendars for a custody trial beginning in July. That’s where they’ll work out child support, visitation, and custody.
Just because Lisa can’t travel with her kids doesn’t mean she has to stay home. But it’s not known if she showed up for the first day of Elvis’ 85th birthday palooza. It looks like Priscilla made it, but I can’t really see evidence of Lisa Marie.
Lisa should have tried to sweeten the deal. Like, if Michael was kind enough to grant permission for Lisa to take the girls, she might bring him back a couple yards of authentic Graceland couch upholstery to make a comically large hat with. Lisa, you’ve got to find Michael’s currency. I mean, technically it sounds like his currency is actual money with which to pay his legal bills, but there’s got to be something that will come in as a close second.