Lisa Marie Presley death: The great loves of Lisa Marie Presley’s life, from Michael Jackson to Danny Keough


Following the shocking death of Lisa Marie Presley, we’re remembering some of the greatest loves of her life.

Lisa Marie, the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, died at the age of 54 after going into suspected cardiac arrest this week. She has left behind her mother and children, Riley Keough, 33, and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood, 14.

As a youngster, the famed singer-songwriter made many a headline thanks to her star-studded list of partners, which included Michael Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Michael Lockwood and, of course, actor Danny Keough.

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Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson acknowledge applause from the audience after coming out onstage to open the 11th annual MTV Video Music Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Sept. 8, 1994
Jackson and Lisa Marie married secretly in May 1994, and confirmed their relationship at the VMAs that year. (AP)

Danny Keough

Lisa Marie’s first great love was actor Danny Keough. At the time they met, Keough was working as a bass player. Their official meeting location was actually at the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Center in 1984.

Per current reports, Keough is still a Scientologist, while Lisa Marie left the church in 2014, along with her mother. The pair reportedly joined the Church of Scientology just after Elvis’ death in 1977.

The pair married in 1988. Lisa Marie was 20 at the time, while Keough was 23.

They soon welcomed children, with the arrival of their daughter, Riley (whose full name is Danielle Riley Keough) in 1989.

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Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough
Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough in 1991 (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images) (Ron Galella Collection via Getty)

In 1992, their son Benjamin came along. Just a few years later, the pair’s relationship ended, with them filing for divorce in 1994.

Sadly, their son Benjamin lived a troubled life, and died aged 27 in July 2020. Lisa Marie later revealed in an essay on grief for People Magazine, published in August 2022, that her son’s death “completely destroyed” her.

“My and my three daughters’ lives as we knew it were completely detonated and destroyed by his death. We live in this every. Single. Day,” she wrote.

“It’s a real choice to keep going, one that I have to make every single day and one that is constantly challenging to say the least.”

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Lisa Marie with all four of her children, twins Harper and Finley, and Riley and Benjamin Keough. (Twitter)

Following the tragic loss, Lisa Marie moved in with Keough. Keough reportedly performed CPR on Lisa Marie after returning home and finding her unconscious at her Calabasas home.

Though Lisa Marie moved on from Keough with a bigger star in 1994, she told Marie Claire in 2007 that her greatest regret was leaving him.

“My biggest mistake? Let’s see,” she said. “How can I word this? Um. Well. Leaving my first marriage, for the person that I left it for – that was probably the biggest mistake of my life.”

The King's daughter and the King of Pop married in a secretive and surprisingly low key ceremony... but their marriage was unsurprisingly short-lived. Jacko and Lisa-Marie tied the knot at the classy Case de Campo resort in 1994. For the first two months they denied they were even wed, then less than two years later Lisa-Marie filed for divorce.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley

Michael Jackson

The story of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley was one that never seemed to leave the headlines.

The pair famously linked up just 20 days after Lisa Marie’s divorce was finalised with Keough in 1994.

“The King of Pop married the Daughter of Rock” in May that year, in a very secretive ceremony in the Dominican Republic.

They spent the next two months of their relationship refusing to confirm they were married, but soon stepped out together on numerous public occasions and at events.

The kiss: It was the moment everyone was talking about after the VMAs in 1994, Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson’s famous kiss in front of thousands. (FilmMagic)

But there is one event that many will never forget.

On September 8, 1994, Michael Jackson appeared at the VMAs at Radio City Music Hall in New York, famously stepping out on stage with his new bride.

Watch the video above.

The pair walked hand-in-hand, grinning at screaming fans, with Jackson saying the famous words, “nobody thought this would last,” before wrapping Lisa Marie up in a kiss.

However, their partnership didn’t last, with Lisa Marie filing for divorce from the Thriller singer in 1996.

Michael Jackson‘s estate has paid tribute to Lisa Marie following her death, saying in an Instagram statement: ”We are saddened by the sudden tragic loss of Michael’s former wife, Lisa Marie Presley. Michael cherished the special bond they enjoyed and was comforted by Lisa Marie’s generous love, concern and care during their times together.”

“Our hearts are with Lisa Marie’s children, Riley, Harper and Finley, and her mother, Priscilla, in this difficult time,” the statement concluded.

Nicolas Cage, left, and Lisa Marie Presley arrive together for a screening of Cage's new film "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" in Beverly Hills, Calif., Aug. 13, 2001.
Cage and Lisa Marie reportedly met at a party. (AP)

Nicolas Cage

In the year 2000, Lisa Marie stumbled into the lifepath of famous actor Nicolas Cage.

The pair reportedly met at a party while Cage was still married to his ex Patricia Arquette. After Cage left Arquette, they started dating. Cage later told the late reporter Barbara Walters that he and Lisa Marie “met unexpectedly” despite him being a big Elvis fan.

“I walk into a party not knowing who I’m going to meet, and there’s this beautiful girl standing in the middle of the living room wearing this short leather skirt and this fluffy jacket,” he told Walters.

“And she looks up at me with these big, beautiful, soulful eyes that look like they have a sad story to tell, and I just went ‘Oh.’ I was thunderstruck,” he said.

Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage
Presley and Cage were reportedly unhappy in their marriage, which led to a sudden split just 107 days after their Hawaii wedding. (WireImage)

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“We got to talking, we got to know each other, and she’s hilarious and she’s a real firecracker and she tells it like it is,” he added.

After a few years of dating, the lovers married in Hawaii in 2002. Sadly, at the time, tabloids claimed the pair were constantly butting heads and arguing.

Their lack of a match proved true, with Cage filing for divorce just 107 days after their wedding. The divorce was finalised in 2004.

Cage has also paid tribute to his late ex-wife, saying in a statement obtained by the Hollywood Reporter he is “heartbroken” over the “devastating news.”

“Lisa had the greatest laugh of anyone I ever met. She lit up every room, and I am heartbroken,” the 59-year-old actor said.

“I find some solace believing she is reunited with her son Benjamin,” he added.

Lisa Marie Presley and her husband, Michael Lockwood, watch the Anna Sui 2008 spring/summer show at Fashion Week in New York, Sept. 10, 2007
Lisa Marie Presley and her husband, Michael Lockwood, watch the Anna Sui 2008 spring/summer show at Fashion Week in New York, Sept. 10, 2007. Presley, singer and only child of Elvis, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, after a hospitalization, according to her mother, Priscilla Presley. She was 54. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) (AP)

Michael Lockwood

The last love in Lisa Marie’s life was musician and producer Michael Lockwood.

At the time, Lockwood was known best for performing and producing music with some of the best artists, including Carly Simon, Fiona Apple and Bijou Phillips.

The pair married in 2006 and welcomed their twins, Finley and Harper, in 2008.

Sadly, after 10 years of marriage, Lisa Marie filed for divorce from Lockwood, citing “irreconcilable differences”. The pair were then locked in a long custody battle over their children, which ended with them receiving joint custody, with the twins living with Lisa Marie, and Lockwood being entitled to see them three times a week.

While the end of the relationship was hard, Lisa Marie did not speak out publicly about the situation, simply saying she did not regret the relationship because it brought her her beautiful children.

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