Part two (January 1977) •
“Elvis, Rosemary and me were watching The Gong Show on television. It was an amateur talent contest and the three of us were having fun, laughing at some of the show’s contestants and their often-absurd talent, when Joe Esposito came into Elvis’s bedroom, walked over to Elvis, and whispered something in his ear.
“That’s okay. You can say it in front of Ginger and Rosemary,” Elvis said. Looking slightly uncomfortable, Joe repeated, “Linda called and was wondering if you’re going to pay the rent on her apartment in Los Angeles.”
I was completely taken aback. Elvis had been paying Linda’s rent? Why? And for how long? Elvis was watching me closely, as he did sometimes, studying my face for a reaction, but I tried not to let my surprise and concern show.
Elvis looked at Joe and shook his head no.
Looking back at me he said, “It’s not fair to you.” Joe walked away.
“Well, Elvis, it wouldn’t be right,” I said, remembering that Elvis had asked me to commit myself 100 percent to him, and feeling like he should do the same for me.
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