Lisa Marie Presley speaks of ‘a sinister situation,’ ‘covert ops’: did she leave CO$?

Lisa Marie Presley

Here’s a photo of Lisa Marie Presley (from her Twitter account) with her wacky, over-Botoxed mother, Priscilla, in London. Lisa Marie always looks so much happier and fresh when posing for candids as opposed to red carpets where she generally looks stiff and grumpy (she’s still got the best bitch face in the business though). It took me a moment to realize that Mama Presley doesn’t always dress this way just for fun. Nope, this is a backstage picture of Priscilla dressed for her role in the Wimbledon pantomime edition of Snow White where a critic praised her performance as such: “Though the 67-year-old’s expression remains glamorously frozen, she takes regal delight in her Wicked Queen role.” Sounds about right.

Last fall, we reported that Lisa Marie appeared to have placed a substantial distance between herself and Scientology. She relocated from California to London a few years ago, she stripped all references to Scientology from her website, and she has cryptically spoken about a betrayal from her inner circle: “I got bad advice. I was insulated with no grip on reality. They were taking my soul, my money, my everything.” In addition, her new Storm & Grace album references herself astransgressive” and “suppressive” while inquiring, “Am I a disruption to your corruption?

Mind you, Lisa Marie hasn’t come out and actually stated that she’s left the CO$. As such, that is the primary question on every journo’s mind. Dame magazine managed to nail her down for a phone interview and asked the same question, and Lisa Marie was slightly more forthcoming with her answers:

Lisa Marie Presley

Why she left Hollywood (i.e., “living in a wasp’s nest) for London: “Uncovering the fact that I was surrounded by people who were not well-intended, for one. Confidants [who were] very, very intimately and closely involved with me and my life. And had been for years. Basically, it was a big sinister situation, where there was like, kind of intel and covert ops going on, and a whole effort to control me that I didn’t know about. Lots of people (were) involved in that in various ways. And I uncovered it and it was mind-blowing, and I just was done with people at that point…It was just too much for me. I have a pretty high tolerance, and I’ve seen a lot, but I was just not ready for all that. It’s like uncovering [people] one by one, and then somebody that was holding it all together, and then they get exposed, and then I find out who’s behind that person, and that person was no good, and…it was pretty much like dominos. So I just thought, ‘Oh, my God, is everybody this dishonest and awful?’ And I really had an obscured view of the world, so I needed to get far away to rediscover people and life and not have a bunch of people around me. You know how that happens in high-profile situations, where you get so many people around you that they obscure your reality on life and insulate you for their own benefit? That was what was happening. But really, it was a sinister situation. I’m not going to say specifically, but I’ve given you a pretty good scope.”

Naturally, the CO$ has no comment: “[I]t is our policy not to speak about individual parishioners,” spokesperson Linda Wieland said in an email. “You should address such questions to Ms. Presley’s representatives.” Presley’s 2012 tour publicist, Bobbie Gale, answered only that Lisa Marie “isn’t going to give a direct quote… many have tried and she refuses to answer.”

She loves London though: “It was a four-or five-year process and, to be honest, I’m still looking back going, ‘Wow!’ But then all these amazing songs started happening, and I started realizing what life was like without all that going on. Life is actually great, and there are incredible people in England, just out in the country, down in the local pub, you know? People with a conscience and a common sense of right and wrong. The paparazzi were sitting outside my house one day, and a farmer backed his truck into them. He was like, ‘Hey, leave her alone.’ I hadn’t even met him yet. I thought, ‘Okay, now that’s just a really good person who’s protecting me, and I don’t even know him.’ It’s simple, but it was very telling of human nature. I needed to rediscover that again.”

pFrom Dame Magazine]

Yep, she’s out. Not officially out, but she’s in that same phase as Tom Cruise when he drifted away from the cult for a number of years while her was married to Nicole Kidman and after he went into a rage over the OT Level III Xenu story. Of course, David Miscavige pulled Tom back into the fray, but I don’t think Lisa Marie is vulnerable in the same way. Like, I’d be scared of Lisa Marie if I were Miscavige. She doesn’t take crap from anyone. At the same time, she probably won’t ever come out and declare that she’s left the CO$ while Priscilla, who is still well entrenched within the cult, is alive. Unless Priscilla decides to leave too, and then all bets are off.

Here’s Lisa Marie blowing out the candles on her birthday cake on February 1st. She turned 45 years old this year!

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley

Photos courtesy of Lisa Marie’s Twitter and WENN

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  1. Cecada says:

    Run, Lisa Marie! RUN!!!

    • LadyMTL says:

      LOL…yeah, run far and run fast. London isn’t safe, get out before the COS tracks you down and drags you back by your hair. (Or, to quote Al Pacino “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”.)

      • Lil says:

        Don’t worry, she’s not living in London, and the place where she does live is as different from London as you can imagine!

  2. T.Fanty says:

    Good for her. I hope she stays in control. She sounds as though she is in a really strong place.

  3. Sandy says:

    Weird posture in the third picture.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      Good eye – never noticed this at first glance – it looks like she is clenching her shoulders which could show that she is ill at ease, Also she looks in this photo like Melissa Gilbert with Princess Charlenes figure.

    • curegirl0421 says:

      She always looks like she’s shrugging her shoulders; I want to tell her to RELAX! Glad to hear she left the loony bin, maybe it will improve her posture. 🙂

  4. marie says:

    good for her, glad she got out.

  5. bopit says:

    she really has a pretty face

  6. Alexandra Bananarama says:

    Glad the ranks are thinning out with COS.

    Priscilla isn’t Botoxed out anymore. She probably hasn’t had any botox in years. She got a bad batch and her face froze. Severe nerve damage and loss of feeling. Several surgeries later this is the best she can get.

    • Izzy says:

      It’s such a shame. Priscilla was beautiful before she started messing with the ‘tox and plastic surgery.

  7. Ellie66 says:

    Good for her! Hopefully her mom will get out to.

  8. RocketMerry says:

    Good for her! Let’s hope she convinces her mother to leave the cult, too, and a bunch of other people.
    Who cares what secrets they threaten you with? Every single person in this world has things they don’t want exposed, but it’s better to be free and alive and with your soul and mind intact than caged and threatened.

  9. TrustMeOnThis says:

    Wow. The Daily Fail had said she was leading a quiet life in the UK, but this is by far the most outspoken she’s been about moving. Good for her!

  10. Izzy says:

    Good for her! I get the sense she’s farther gone than Tiny Tom ever was. He never recognized their sinister behavior, never acknowledged their corruption and greed, when he had drifted away.

    • TG says:

      Not that I feel the least sorry for tiny tom because I think his massive ego trying to make up for his shortcomings is the reason he is so blind to all this, but her description sounds exactly like what was going on around Katie and is still going on around tiny tom. Is he still so delusional that he doens’t clue? Is it a coincidence that both of them are residing in England right now?

      • Izzy says:

        ITA, no sympathy for the Unhinged Lift-Wearing Loon. No question he must know about some of the things that go on with Co$, but apparently he thinks it’s all OK as long as he gets treated like royalty.

  11. Seagulls says:

    That whole paragraph about why she left California is the perfect explanation for the culty thoughts of xenu. None of those words make any sense in the context they’re in. Glad she’s out of that group of nutters.

  12. Jayna says:

    I think her most recent husband has a lot to do with it, seeing what she refused to see, and once she began waking up and looking around her, it was like a house of cards. She won’t go all the way openly bashing them for one reason. Her mom is still in, and she loves her mom. Her album speaks volumes if you listen to the lyrics of certain songs.

    • holly hobby says:

      That plus she and her hubby probably don’t want their twins entrenched in that garbage. Not sure how her kids with the ex-Sci are (were they indoctrinated) nor her half brother either (Priscilla gave birth to a son named Marco when she was involved with some man during the Dallas days).

  13. Jayna says:

    Funny how now they are calling them parishioners. LOL. You’re not fooling anyone using that lingo.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Good catch, Jayna. Sounds better than “brain addicted cult members.” Words are powerful – except when they are ridiculous. Where is this lovely little “parish”?

  14. BorgQueen says:

    Congrats to her getting out of CO$. I agree that she wont bad mouth CO$ while her mom is firmly entrenched in that cult. I bet it was shocking for Lisa to see the actual depth of betrayal. I think she tried in her life to be level headed and non susceptible to the bullshit after seeing how both her father and her 2nd husband (MJ) were treated by those that surrounded them and were suppose to protect them.

  15. ParisPucker says:

    WTF is this white deviled horned woman wearing?!?

    she should be ejected from the planet for simply wearing that.

  16. Paige says:

    Good for her.

  17. lucy2 says:

    Good for her, and good luck to her. Hopefully others will see it too and stop giving that scam all their money.

    • Jane says:

      Not sure if it is connected, but I find it interesting that since Katie and her family smacked Tom and Sciento last year, there has been quite a bit of negative press on the cult–books, former members speaking out. Maybe she started the ball rolling and they will get the exposure they deserve, but sure as hell don’t want.

      • TrustMeOnThis says:

        I think there has been a definite effect on media coverage, but as far as the books go, I think it is more a case of just good timing. Lawrence Wright spent two years researching and fact-checking, and Jenna Miscavige Hill has been working on hers for even longer – it came out of her experiences doing media around the ex-scientology kids site. She was telling bits and pieces of her story and she realized she wanted to get it all down, to bring it together and really address what is wrong. Her last chapter is really powerful.

  18. CC says:

    If that’s what it takes for her life not to be living hell, then go for the quiet exit. Obviously for us, and explosive statement would be more fun BUT! As long as that cult keeps losing all their cash cows and fizzles, it’s something I can live with.

  19. LeeLoo says:

    Yes! I will say though that the SECOND Priscilla dies, Lisa will wage war on Co$. Are Lisa Marie’s kids still active Scientologists?

  20. Kim says:

    Are Lisa Marie’s adult kids in COS?

  21. Green_Eyes says:

    Their house of cards seems to be really slipping more & more. Good luck to Lisa..I hope her mom wakes up from their haze of B.S..

  22. Penny says:

    It’s probably been a while now. Her last album had songs that hinted about her blowing, and shortly after Michael Jackson died, she quietly removed all Co$ links from her MySpace and Blog.

  23. lilred1 says:

    I wonder if they ever would have become members if Elvis was alive?

    • holly hobby says:

      I think Priscilla joined when Elvis was alive but they were divorced. I remember reading somewhere that Elvis didn’t think much of the cult – he pretty much thought they were crazy.

  24. gg says:

    I understand her a bit. A few times in my life where I discovered people were trying to manipulate me and reporting to each other, I made damn sure to do the exact opposite of what they were trying to force me into, just to show them that you can’t control people. I kicked like a mule, it’s a real mean team.

  25. MonicaQ says:

    Whenever I used to see her occasionally in Clearwater, she looked really drawn, pale. She looks far more happy now! John Travolta still looks kind of plastic when I saw him a few years ago.

  26. decorative item says:

    This group is not as powerful as they once were, but they can still do a lot of damage. I wish their Clearwater, FL compound would be shut down. They own blocks and blocks of prime real estate, there are cameras all over the streets, and security nut jobs everywhere.

    What better way to control your members than to manipulate them into having their most personal life details taped, filed, and stored for future blackmailing.

    • MonicaQ says:

      What they do to Coachman Park is awful. They clog up downtown so bad, it feels not even like the downtown I grew up visiting and I’m not even 30 yet.

    • TG says:

      I was planning my vacation last year to Florida and did a lot of research on Clearwater but ultimately decided not to go there because of the co$ connection. I didn’t want to inadvertently stay at one of their hotels or eat at one of their establishments so Clearwater is losing business from people like me.

    • MonicaQ says:

      It’s pretty obvious though who owns what. Flag buses parked outside and they wear a certain ‘uniform’ (color coordinated white shirts, black pants/khakis) and I never see a solitary member. There’s a lot of cool places around and even further north in Tarpon Springs’ Greek section–great food! (I sound like a travel agency but I get sad about all the people I could’ve possibly met like yourself and decide not to come to the Tampa Bay area because of CO$ /sigh)

      • TG says:

        I wasn’t sure about the hotels. I guess I could look each one up to see who owns it and I would probably find even more sinister people, not just the co$, but that is any hotel anywhere in the world as well. We are planning another trip down to the beach after we do Harry Potter land so maybe we will check Clearwater out again. It sounds really beautiful.

  27. decorative item says:

    On another note, I was very happy never seeing pictures of Paris Hilton. Why is she back on my computer screen?

  28. KellyinSeattle says:

    I really like Lisa Marie; I’d love to hang out with her for a day! She has gorgeous hair.

  29. holly hobby says:

    I don’t think they would dare tangle with Elvis’ little girl. She’d kick Miss Cabbage in the nuts if they try to do what they did to Travolta and to a certain extent Tommy.

    I think the cult agreed to release her if she never spoke out against them.

    It’s strange that Priscilla is still talking to LM because she’s pretty much excommunicated (I do no use cult lingo so it’s going to be normal language for me) from teh cult.

    I bet Elvis is smiling that all his money won’t end up with the cult that is worse than Satan.

  30. gg says:

    Most people abandoning the Cult that have children will not ever admit publicly they are quitting, or go on the record naming $cientology as their nemises. Because they know what the Cult will try to do to them and their families. Evil.

    Nicole Kidman won’t do it, and never will Lisa Marie. They know better.

  31. Ginger says:

    Good for her! I just finished reading Jenna Miscavige Hill’s book and it was really eye opening and absolutely terrifying! Sadly, I took away from it that Scientology didn’t start out “bad” but it somehow progressed from a self improvement course into an all controlling cult. I’m sure Lisa won’t say much while her mother is still in for fear of being cut off from her. I find it really bold for her to refer to herself as “suppresive”. That says a lot!

  32. Jayna says:

    Once these heavy hitters die off or leave is when the big demise will happen. There’s no young A-Listers who belong. The huge money they are pulling in from big stars, once that dries up with none to replenish it, it’s like a Ponzi scheme in that It can’t be sustained.

  33. Deeana says:

    How long has Lisa Marie been living in England? Because that’s how long she has been out of $cientology.

    I watched a very interesting one hour Oprah interview of her, filmed at her home in England. She did not come out and say directly in the interview that she was out of CO$, but she said enough that you knew she was.

    There is something about her that I have always liked too. She was very forthcoming in the Oprah interview. But she obviously didn’t want to “go public” with any info about her status with CO$.

    And yes, I think she does not want to put her mother in a bad position. Notice that with the celebrities, Lisa has apparently not been declared a Suppresive Person- because her mother still sees her. Doubtful if this was not a celebrity situation that Lisa would ever see or talk to her mother again.

    For the person who wrote that $cientology did not “start out bad”, oh yes it did. Members were used as “slave laborers” even when it started out.

    Go onto youtube and watch some of the interviews with Ron Hubbard’s late son. I forget his name – it was not Hubbard. But he was in the organization from the beginning and had nothing good to say about it after he got out.

    L. Ron was a known druggie in the later portions of his life. Although not documented, I suspect he may have been in the earlier days as well. If you read some of the well-researched books about LRH’s life, it turns out he outright lied about his education, his work history, and his military service.

    Back in the old days no one knew this stuff about him. In today’s world with the Freedom of Information Act and the Internet, it is much more difficult for a chalatan to get away with such lies.

  34. ViloDeMenus says:

    It’s great to see people finally escape from that horrible, evil, destructive cult. I couldn’t be any happier for her and possibly it will embolden others to leave as well and reclaim their lives. She pretty much had to leave LA or they would have mounted a campaign against her, she’s safer abroad. How sad is that?