Even the great King of Rock ‘N Roll has had paternity troubles. As current tabloid articles can attest, being a celebrity doesn’t mean that you are exempt from the possibility of fathering a child to someone you didn’t expect.
In March 1971, Presley was performing in Tulsa, Okla., when he met a woman in the audience. They allegedly slept together that night. The woman later came back after giving birth to a son, and she claimed that the baby was a result of the night that she and Elvis Presley had spent together. Although Presley originally argued that the baby could not be his, his did take responsibility. He set up a trust fund for the child, setting aside $2 million in a trust fund for when his potential son would turn 24.
Many other people have come forward after Presley’s death in 1977 to claim that they are also the children of the rock and roll legend. No cases have yet been confirmed, although some tabloid newspapers have taken to printing material on the allegations. Some of the people claiming to be Elvis’ son or daughter have decided to use this to their advantage when performing on stage.
Because there was no guaranteed way of performing a DNA paternity test when Elvis Presley was alive, there was no way to confirm the Tulsa woman’s suspicions. Likewise, it proves difficult to try to test Presley’s potential children nowadays as well, especially since a usable DNA sample from the star would have to be obtained. Today, men that are struggling to find out whether they have fathered a child only need to get a paternity test in order to know for certain. Just a few decades ago, this was not possible.
It’s possible that, as technology advances, we might be able to use old DNA from dead stars in order to see who their children are. In fact, DNA reconstruction services can help in many cases where the potential father is deceased. They can use a blood sample if the person is recently deceased or has have samples collected at a hospital. If the person has already been buried, they can use other methods of obtaining DNA, such as using hairs from a hairbrush or analyzing DNA left on dentures or toothbrushes. When the person has been buried for many years, such as the case with Elvis Presley, then it is much more difficult to obtain a usable sample.
The mystery remains about Elvis Presley’s paternity case. If it would have happened today, the results would have been easy to get, and they would have known for certain. Still, this little mystery adds even more intrigue to the star’s life.