Riley Keough has spent more time at Neverland than Graceland
Riley Keough reveals she spent more time at Neverland with Michael Jackson – whom she ‘loved’ – than she ever did at Elvis’ Graceland: ‘My whole childhood was probably very extreme’
- Read more about Riley here: Riley Keough breaks silence on Priscilla Presley
Riley Keough looked back at her childhood in the new issue of Vanity Fair.
That brought up connections to Graceland (where Elvis and her mother Lisa Marie are buried), Neverland (where her mom’s husband Michael Jackson lived) and the Kardashians (grandma Priscilla used to date Robert Kardashian and Kim bought Riley’s childhood home in Hidden Hills, California).
In 1994 Lisa Marie wed Michael Jackson in the Dominican Republic. And they spent their time at his Neverland Ranch near Santa Barbara.
At the time Riley was only five years old.
‘I spent more time at Neverland than Graceland, to be honest. That was a real home, whereas Graceland was a museum in my lifetime,’ said Riley to the magazine, adding Jackson was a great stepfather.
What a life! Riley Keough looked back at her childhood in the new issue of Vanity Fair. That brought up connections to Graceland (where Elvis and her mother Lisa Marie are buried), Neverland (where her mom’s husband Michael Jackson lived) and the Kardashians (grandma Priscilla used to date Robert Kardashian and Kim bought Riley’s childhood home in Hidden Hills
Keough added that sometimes they would spend the night at Graceland, hiding from the tourists as security brought them breakfast.
But she never stayed there for long periods of time.
‘My whole childhood was probably very extreme,’ Keough said.
‘In hindsight, I can see how crazy these things would be to somebody from the outside.
‘But when you’re living in them, it’s just your life and your family. You just remember the love, and I had real love for Michael.’
And he was a good stepfather. ‘I think he really got a kick out of being able to make people happy, in the most epic way possible, which I think he and my grandfather had in common.’
After Lisa Marie and Jackson split, she married Nicolas Cage.
Four months later, they separated.
Keough doesn’t keep in touch with Cage, she revealed.
‘He’s a great actor,’ she shared. ‘I’ve had some wild stepfathers. Famous and not famous.’
Elvis’ home: She added that sometimes they would spend the night at Graceland, hiding from the tourists as security brought them breakfast. But she never stayed there for long periods of time
They lived an epic life: Elvis was married to Riley’s grandmother Priscilla
Her father is Danny Keough. ‘My father really cared about my education. My mom was like, “You’re an artist. Go be an artist.”‘ Keough didn’t graduate from high school. ‘I like math,’ she said, ‘and my grammar isn’t as bad as you’d think given the circumstances.’
Her parents met while mom was living at the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre in LA – Lisa Marie and Priscilla joined after Elvis’s death.
Keough was raised in the church, but the family reportedly left it in 2014. ‘I grew up with my dad reading tarot card books and metaphysics,’ she tells me. ‘He’s very spiritual. I’m very spiritual.
And there is a Kardashian link.
Lisa Marie’s Hidden Hills house was bought by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in 2014 and torn down.
‘I think when we lived there, it was just us and Melissa Etheridge—it was horse country,’ said Keough. ‘I’m an OG Calabasas girl.’
And Priscilla dated Robert Kardashian,
‘My grandma dated their dad, I think?’ Keough asked. ‘Fact-check that.’
Her papa: Here Riley is seen as a baby being held by her mother Lisa Marie with dad Danny Keough to the side
They were an it couple: In 1994 Lisa Marie wed Michael Jackson in the Dominican Republic
Home: And they spent their time at his Neverland Ranch near Santa Barbara. At the time Riley was only five years old. ‘I spent more time at Neverland than Graceland, to be honest. That was a real home, whereas Graceland was a museum in my lifetime,’ said Riley to the magazine, adding Jackson was a great stepfather
Married life: Jackson and Presley at Neverland Ranch in preparation of the Children’s World Summit
When Riley was a kid: Here the Daisy Jones & The Six star is seen with her brother
Happier days: Priscilla holding her son Navarone Anthony Garibaldi, standing along side her daughter Lisa Marie as Lisa holds her daughter Riley in 2001
Priscilla dated Robert Kardashian after her divorce from Elvis in 1973. She refused to marry him while Elvis was still alive so they split.
Also in her interview she finally spoken out about her bitter feud with grandma Priscilla Presley over her late mother Lisa Marie’s multi-million-dollar estate – insisting that things ‘will be happy again’ between their pair after their lengthy legal battle was resolved.
Earlier this month, the 34-year-old actress and model was named as the sole trustee of her late mom’s estate – which includes ownership of Graceland – after reportedly agreeing to pay her grandmother $1 million, as well as $400,000 in legal fees.
Now, Riley has opened up about the legal tussle with Priscilla in an interview with Vanity Fair, admitting to the publication that her family was thrown into ‘chaos’ in the wake of her mother’s death, and that they were left ‘in a panic’ about how to manage their grief alongside the future of the Presley ‘business’.
‘When my mom passed, there was a lot of chaos in every aspect of our lives,’ the mother-of-one – who welcomed a daughter with husband Ben Smith-Petersen via surrogate in 2022 – shared.
Riley (seen with Priscilla, Lisa Marie and Lisa Marie’s twin daughters Harper and Finley) became embroiled in a legal battle over her late mother’s estate after her death in January
The K link: Riley has a link to the Kardashians – grandma Priscilla Presley used to date Robert Kardashian and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West bought Riley’s childhood home in Hidden Hills and tore it down; Kim and Kanye are seen here in 2020
‘Everything felt like the carpet had been ripped out and the floor had melted from under us.
‘Everyone was in a bit of a panic to understand how we move forward, and it just took a minute to understand the details of the situation, because it’s complicated. We are a family, but there’s also a huge business side of our family.’
She added that the situation between herself and Priscilla was made all the more complicated by the fact that they had never had to deal with the ‘business’ side of their family legacy before, noting that their relationship had never moved beyond that of a grandmother and granddaughter.
After her mother’s death in January of this year, reports quickly spread of a bitter rift between Priscilla and Riley, who became embroiled in a legal battle over a 2016 amendment to Lisa Marie’s will, which excised Priscilla as trustee of the estate.
Attorneys for Priscilla said she only became aware of the amendment after the death of her daughter.
The amendment removed Priscilla and Lisa Marie’s former business manager Barry Siegel, and replaced them with Lisa Marie’s children Riley and Benjamin Keough.
Benjamin died in 2020 after shooting himself dead in the family’s mansion, with sources revealing he had been struggling at the time.
However, that dispute has now been solved after Riley agreed to pay her grandma a sum of $1.4 million – including $400,000 in legal fees – in return for being named as the sole trustee of her mother’s estate, which means she will also preside over the sub-trusts for her half sisters Harper and Finley Lockwood, daughters of Lisa Marie’s fourth husband Michael Lockwood.
‘Things with Grandma will be happy… They’ve never not been happy,’ she said. ‘There was a bit of upheaval, but now everything’s going to be how it was’
For her role, Priscilla will be a special adviser to the trusts and receive a monthly payment for her role.
Priscilla will also be allowed to be buried at Graceland, the Memphis home of Elvis Presley, which Riley will now own.
Riley says that she and her grandmother have now found a shared ‘clarity’ about how best to move forward, which has set them on a path to repairing their fractured relationship, although she insists that there was never any ‘unhappiness’ between them.
‘Things with Grandma will be happy… They’ve never not been happy,’ she said. ‘There was a bit of upheaval, but now everything’s going to be how it was.’
She went on to praise her grandmother – who was married to rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley for seven years – as a ‘beautiful woman’, highlighting the ‘huge’ role Priscilla played in ‘creating my grandfather’s legacy and Graceland’.
‘It’s very important to her. He was the love of her life,’ Riley went on, noting that all her grandmother wants is to ‘love and protect Graceland and the Presley family and the legacy’.
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