Presley’s rep told The Hollywood Reporter yesterday, “She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter, Riley. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life.” But in a 2014 interview she did with Healthy Living Magazine, Presley said her protectiveness and love for her kids didn’t waver when they got older.
“I am very protective. I just smother them in love and I am also ferociously protective,” she said at the time. “When they get older sometimes I don’t think it ever ends. When they get past 18 I think their problems just get bigger to be honest (laughs); that’s always a struggle. We all are very, very close. The older ones absolutely adore the younger ones and they help me with them. We all kind of hold each other up; we are all each other’s best friends. I’m theirs but I am also their mother.”
Despite the struggle to stay in the same place as her kids, the sole daughter of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley described her family as “just a normal family.” Presley posted the last family photo featuring Benjamin on Twitter over a year ago in June 2019 with the endearing caption, “Mama Lion with cubs.”
The 27-year-old is survived by his mother, his maternal grandmother Priscilla, his father and singer-songwriter Danny Keough (who divorced Presley in 1994), his 31-year-old sister and actress Riley Keough, and his 11-year-old twin sisters Finley and Harper Lockwood.