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 Post subject: Lisa-Marie wanted a normal life
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:27 am 
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More than anything I needed normal and I’ve found that in Sussex
Lisa Marie Presley champions life in rural England

AS the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, daughter Lisa Marie was born into a world of fame and fortune on an almost unimaginable scale.

But two years ago she turned her back on the glitz of showbiz capital Los Angeles for a quiet life in rural East Sussex.
And now the 44-year-old singer and mum-of-four has exclusively opened up to The Sun about her new life on her sheep farm in the sleepy village of Rotherfield.

She said: “I had to leave LA. It was like living in a goldfish bowl. I had tour buses driving past our house, looking in like we were on show, and celebrities hanging out wherever we went.”

Last month we told how Lisa Marie now loves serving in her pals’ fish and chip van near her £8million 15th Century home where she lives with music-producer husband Michael Lockwood and their four-year-old twin girls Harper and Finley.
She added: “I have taken to country life here and love all aspects of living here. And the people who live here are so sweet and normal. I needed that more than anything.

“They are really sweet and leave us alone and I’m just the same as them in their eyes.
“I love to watch the sheep and I took care of one baby lamb after its mother passed away last spring. He was so poorly so I bottle-fed him. They are beautiful out on the field.”

English village life is definitely a big change for a woman who lived in Elvis’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, and was previously married to Michael Jackson and then Nicolas Cage.

The Sun spent a day in Rotherfield and found that Lisa Marie was far from being an aloof celebrity recluse.
Justin and Kim Scales, who run the village’s Kings Arms pub — and own the Mr Chippy van where Lisa Marie has helped out — have got quite used to her popping in for the odd pint of Guinness.
Kim said: “We don’t see her any differently to anyone else who drinks at our bar. Lisa Marie is a really nice, down-to-earth person and she has become our friend.

But that marriage lasted only 108 days and critics joked that the divorce proceedings lasted longer than the relationship.
Lisa Marie married Michael Lockwood in 2006 and became something of a recluse in her sprawling three-acre ranch in Hidden Hills, LA, before moving to Britain.
Today she reckons Michael and their daughters saved her from utter despair. She said: “They came as a blessing in the middle of all this destruction.
“Everyone was leaving my life, although that was people exposing themselves for what they were. So there was good light in the tunnel.”
Despite being Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie says her early years were relatively normal, although as an adult she misses her dad more than ever.
She said: “I was like anybody else — fearless as a child and experimental as a teenager — but I had an angel looking over me, and music. I wasn’t really paraded around as a child. Mum protected me really well when I was young.
“It hit home when I turned 42 that that was the age when my father died, and his mum too. I have moments when I wish he had lived to see my children, of course I do.
“And I speak to my little ones about him. I tell them who he was and we love his music.”
She is still close to mum Priscilla — who played Jenna Wade in Dallas in the Eighties and will make her panto debut in Snow White at the New Wimbledon Theatre in south London this Christmas. Lisa Marie said: “She was just here, getting her costume ready for pantomime.”
As for Lisa Marie’s own career, her new album Storm & Grace was released on Monday. But while critics have been positive, she admits it can be a problem being related to Elvis when trying to be appreciated as an artist in her own right.
She said: “I just had to find my own way with it. I don’t feel I have to prove anything any more. I was comfortable and it felt natural.

“I am a singer-songwriter and that’s what I do. And my dad was a singer. I guess it would be a lot easier on me if my father had been a builder or a painter or a plumber.”
Rural Sussex might be a long way from Memphis, but Lisa Marie still returns regularly and said: “I get back about five times a year. I love going back and I will go back for Thanksgiving and Halloween this year. My older children are here and there, back and forth to the States but we all live together.”
The snaps of her serving up fish and chips prompted US media to speculate that she had lost the plot and gone to work full-time on the van. But chippy boss Kim said: “To set the record straight, yes, Lisa Marie did serve fish and chips from our van. But no, she has not taken it up as a career.
“She was there for maybe ten or 20 minutes at the most. She did it for a laugh, basically — and because she wanted to see what it was like to do that job.
“One of the first things she said to us when she arrived was, ‘I want to see how you live and I want to experience it for myself.’”
Lisa Marie’s arrival in Rotherfield continues to cause quite a stir. Just the other day a man phoned the Kings Arms claiming to be Elvis’s long-lost son — begging to be reunited with his sister.
The Sun spoke to one punter at the bar who added: “We don’t have many Americans here and I thought it would be strange having someone like her in the village.
“But I was walking down the road the other day and when she passed in her car she stuck her hand out the window and said, ‘Hello’, just like anyone else would.
“When you talk to her it’s just like talking to any other human being. Her stories are a bit more interesting and more worldly. But apart from that she’s like anyone else.”

Memphis vs Rotherfield

Population: 650,000
First inhabitants: Chickasaw Indians
Founded: 19th Century
Name: From capital of ancient Egypt
Pubs/bars: Hundreds

Notable building: Graceland, Elvis’s home
Famous residents: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, BB King, Otis Redding
Local authority: Mayor and 13 city councillors


Population: 3,000
First inhabitants: Saxons
Founded: 8th Century
Name: Anglo-Saxon “Redrefield” meaning “Cattle lands”
Pubs/bars: The Catts Inn and The Kings Arms
Notable building: Grade I-listed St Denys church.
Famous residents: Lisa Marie
Local authority: 13 parish councillors

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Last edited by Liliane on Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Lisa-Marie wanted a normal life
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:46 pm 
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:hello: Thank You Liliane for a Great Article, Its So Great to See Lisa Enjoying Life and she is So Much like her Dad in Which he Wants to be Treated and Treat Other People has Neighbors. :love:

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