February 28, 2006
PRISCILLA Presley says she is offended by suggestions there is something wacky about her family.
Tabloid magazines this week labelled as "kooky kabuki" her daughter Lisa Marie's marriage to musician Michael Lockwood in Japan, with both wearing kimonos.
"It does offend me," Presley told AAP in Sydney today.
"It was not wacky in any sense of the word because you appreciate a culture and you appreciate tradition, that is wacky for somebody to say that."
Lisa Marie and Lockwood exchanged vows in a traditional Japanese ceremony on January 22, both wearing traditional Japanese costumes.
It was a fourth marriage for Lisa Marie who has previously been married to Nicolas Cage, Michael Jackson and Danny Keough, the father of her two children.
Priscilla Presley walked her daughter down the aisle and gave her away.
"The wackiness isn't on our end," said Presley.
"I don't think we have ever been known to be wacky.
"Maybe having lived our whole lives in front of everyone, things might look that way but this was so well thought out and she is very happy."
Presley described Lisa Marie's wedding as "beautiful".
"The wedding was everything she wanted and the mood was so tranquil and very traditional in dress," she said.
Priscilla Presley arrived in Australia on Saturday for the worldwide launch of her bed linen range with Australian fashion designer Bruno Schiavi, titled The Priscilla Presley Collection.
The 60-year-old was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973 and has two children, Lisa Marie with Presley and Navarone Garibaldi with partner Marco Garibaldi.
She acknowledged that Elvis, who died of a heart attack in 1977, was always going to be a big part of her life.
"It was such an impactful era that I think everyone feels they own a little bit of Elvis," she said after the launch at Sydney's inner city Myer department store.
"As far as separating myself, I can't really deny that that was history and I was very much a part of history in that sense.
"It was a great time, a great era and a great loss."