Published On: Wed, Apr 27th, 2022

Elvis Presley shared girlfriend with Steve McQueen igniting a bitter feud | Music | Entertainment

Steve McQueen biographer Marshall Terrill revealed the Hollywood actor and Elvis had a bitter rivalry over Leigh. He said the pair only met once on the road – and things only got worse from then on.

Terrill explained: “The two met one day on the way to the studio in the mid-60s. Elvis was in a limousine when McQueen pulled up on a motorcycle. They were pleasant to each other but the exchange was brief.”

Just a few years later Elvis was in a passionate relationship with Leigh. But everything changed in 1972 when Leigh was cast as Charmagne in the McQueen movie Junior Bonner.

Leigh cut things off from both Elvis and McQueen after she realised she was madly in love with her original boyfriend.

Terrill said: “When you got down to it, Barbara was really in love with James [Jim] Aubrey.” What’s more, Leigh figured out that Elvis would not sacrifice the one thing she needed him to. “She knew Elvis would never give up other women,” Terrill recalled.

McQueen, equally, had some issues that Leigh could not see past.

Terrill said of McQueen and Leigh’s relationship: “She and Steve weren’t a great match.” He added: “I don’t know of Elvis and Steve meeting again after their relationships with Barbara ended.”

Three years later, in 1975, Leigh married her one and only husband, Joe Lewis, a kickboxer and actor. In 1977, they split up. Leigh has not been married since.


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