Benjamin Keough is Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough’s son. Keough, 26, became a viral sensation in June 2019 after fans noticed his resemblance to Elvis Presley.
Keough was born to Presley and his father in October 1992. Presley had married Danny Keough, a Chicago-based musician and fellow Scientologist, in October 1988. People Magazine reported in 1988 that the couple wed in the celebrity center of the Church of Scientology in West Hollywood.
Keough’s older sister, who was born in 1989, is model and actress Riley Keough. The couple split and were divorced in the Dominican Republic in May 1994. Less than three weeks later, Presley famously married Michael Jackson. That marriage ended in January 1996. Presley would go on to marry Nicholas Cage in 2002 before divorcing in 2004. Presley’s last marriage was to musician Michael Lockwood, which lasted between January 2006 and June 2016. The couple had twin daughters together, Harper and Finley Lockwood, 10.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Viral Photo of Keough Came From His Sister Riley’s 30th Birthday Party
The latest viral photo of Keough appeared on her mother’s Twitter page on June 20. The picture was taken at Riley Keough’s 30th birthday party. The photo showed Presley, along with Riley and Ben Keough, as well as Presley’s twin daughters. The caption accompanying the photo read, “Mama Lion with her cubs.”
Presley has said about her son in the past, “Ben does look so much like Elvis. He was at the Opry and was the quiet storm behind the stage. Everybody turned around and looked when he was over there. Everybody was grabbing him for a photo because it is just uncanny.”
2. His Upbringing With His Father Involved Sleeping in Cabins & Trailer Parks
In an August 2017 Guardian interview, Keough’s sister, Riley, discussed her and her brother’s upbringing. Riley said that the pair lived in two worlds saying, “[We] grew up very privileged with my mother, but my dad didn’t live like that. And I think experiencing both sides has been helpful. My father had mattresses on the floor of his apartments. He lived in cabins and trailer parks. He just didn’t have much money.
People Magazine reported in 1988 that Danny Keough moved to Los Angeles in 1984 and began dating Presley in 1985. The article said that Danny had been the bass player in jazz pianist Chick Corea’s band. The piece adds that Danny’s best friend is Thad Corea, Chick’s son.
3. Keough & His Mother Have Matching Tattoos
In 2009, Keough and his mother got matching tattoos for Mother’s Day. Presley spoke about getting inked with her son on Twitter saying, “It is a Celtic eternity knot. Ben (my son) and I got it together in the same place on Mothers Day 3 years ago.” In a separate tweet, Keough said that the tattoo represents “eternal love and connection.”
Keough served as one of the groomsmen at his sister’s February 2015 wedding to Ben Smith-Petersen.
4. His Teenage Years, Benjamin Was Said to Be Seeking Out His Own Career as a Singer
The Daily Mail reported in 2009 that Benjamin was en route to musical stardom. The article said that Keough had recorded his first album and had signed a $5 million five-album deal with Universal.
The Mail quoted Keough as saying of his music, “The music will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all.” While a spokesman told the tabloid, “He’s a typical 17-year-old. He doesn’t get up before midday and then grunts at you.” Reports from that time, when Keough was 17, already noted his resemblance to Elvis.
5. Presley Maintains a Close Relationship With Keough’s Father
Despite their divorce in 1994, Presley has said in numerous interviews that she remains close with Keough’s father. In fact, Danny Keough lives in a guest house on her property. Presley said in a 2003 interview with The Commercial Appeal, “Danny is my best friend, always has been, always will be. I love him unconditionally, but we are not together. It’s not like that.”