Lisa Marie Presley

In the October issue of Metropolis Nights magazine, Lisa Marie Presley tells Chaunce Hayden why she fired her entire staff (28) and why she has never gotten over the betrayal of people she thought were her family.

Chaunce Hayden: It’s what I do. But let’s get back to you. So what was going on that made you feel you had to leave America, stop performing and basically disappear for several years?

Lisa Marie Presley: Complete and utter confusion and chaos. Not knowing who was good and who was bad in my life. My life became an absolute and utter circus. It became hell. I didn’t know who was around me for what reason. I thought I had built a home and family of employees around me along with an assistant who was running the whole thing. But soon there were lies and all kinds of deceit going on. I didn’t know who was who and what was what anymore. I lost faith in everybody. I was crushed when I found out I was betrayed by the people I really trusted. I thought I learned about that stuff a long time ago, but you never really learn. My whole life I was the one always telling people to watch that person or that person, but this time I was blind-sided by my entire staff. I’m the one who put them there. I hired them all and they all betrayed me. We lived in a compound and I had some of my best friends who became employees and it just got nasty. Really nasty. I’m talking about 28 people who were involved in a very messy situation. They were my security, my entourage so to speak. As it turned out none of these people were any good. They truly had no backbone and couldn’t be trusted. It really threw me.

Chaunce Hayden: What exactly do you mean by betrayed?

Lisa Marie Presley: Simple things. A bunch of little things. Like things missing and the tabloids getting information about my personal life and I couldn’t figure out how. I was so naive. I had no idea what royalty fees were and that people made money like that. I really should have pressed charges. But none of it every really got dealt with. It wasn’t about things that were missing it was more about the betrayal because I’m all about that. For me that’s the most important thing. I don’t care about money, that can be replaced. It’s the betrayal. To this day I have a hard time trusting anybody. What really makes me crazy is that I see the same people still doing it to other celebrities. There’s just so much injustice involved in all this. I just can’t let it go.

Chaunce Hayden: Sounds like a terrible experience. Is there a song on the new album that addresses that betrayal?

Lisa Marie Presley: I would say “Un-Break” captures what happened pretty good.

Chaunce Hayden: I can’t wait to listen to the words.

Lisa Marie Presley: I’m just giving you the whole thing in a nutshell. This was a big thing. I had the carpet pulled right out from under me. I literally feel like I’m learning to walk all over again.

Chaunce Hayden: I don’t really know what to say. It sounds like you went through something very tragic.

Lisa Marie Presley: Well it was for me. Everyone has their own threshold. I have a pretty good one. I’m not a wuss. I’m not thin skinned. But it was learning your mom; your priest and your therapist are no good. You just go, “WHAT?” It wasn’t just one thing; it was more like twenty things all at one time.

Chaunce Hayden: I hope you haven’t lost your faith in humanity.

Lisa Marie Presley: No, I realize there are good people in the world. Just the people I was connected to were no good.