‘Hideous grief has swallowed me whole’: Lisa Marie Presley reflects on life after the devastating suicide of her only son Benjamin
Lisa Marie Presley spoke about dealing with the ‘hideous grief’ that she experienced following the 2020 death of her son Benjamin Keough in an Instagram post on Saturday.
The 54-year-old took to her account to promote the upcoming biopic Elvis, which will focus on the life and career of her father, and she discussed her feelings regarding her late son’s passing.
Benjamin died by suicide in July of 2020, and his mother spoke out about the event shortly afterward.
Opening up: Lisa Marie Presley spoke about dealing with the ‘hideous grief’ that she experienced following the 2020 death of her son Benjamin Keough in a post that was shared to her Instagram account on Saturday
Presley began her message by explaining her absence from her various social media outlets.
‘I haven’t posted in quite some time because there really isn’t much to say, as I am and will forever be mourning the loss of my son,’ she said.
The songwriter then described the feelings she experienced following her son’s suicide.
‘Navigating through this hideous grief that absolutely destroyed and shattered my heart and my soul into almost nothing has swallowed me whole,’ she said.
Explaining her absence: Presley stated that ‘I haven’t posted in quite some time because there really isn’t much to say, as I am and will forever be mourning the loss of my son’; she is seen in 2015
Presley made a point of expressing that she had since focused on the well-being of her other children.
The performer wrote that ‘not much else aside from my other 3 children gets my time and attention anymore.’
The singer then wrote a lengthy message about the forthcoming movie and praise both its director, Baz Luhrmann, and its star, Austin Butler.
Presley added that she imagined that Benjamin likely would have enjoyed seeing his grandfather’s story told on screen.
‘It breaks my heart that my son isn’t here to see it. He would have absolutely loved it as well,’ she said.
The songwriter shared Benjamin, as well as her daughter Riley, 32, with her former husband Danny Keough, and she also welcomed twin daughters Harper and Finley, aged 13, with her ex-husband Michael Lockwood.
Family matters: Presley shared Benjamin and Riley with her former husband Danny Keough, and she also welcomed twin daughters Harper and Finley, aged 13, with her ex-husband Michael Lockwood
The pair previously married in 1988 and welcomed their children into their lives in 1989 and 1992 before divorcing in 1994.
The former couple, however, has remained close over the years since their divorce.
It was reported by numerous news outlets that Benjamin had taken his own life in July of 2020.
Following his death, it was revealed that Presley’s only son had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A spokesperson for the singer issued a statement where they noted via Deadline that she was greatly distressed by the loss of her son.
They stated: ‘[Presley] is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley.’
The spokesperson added that the singer ‘adored that boy. He was the love of her life.’