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Riley Keough on Rising Up as Elvis’s Granddaughter, Dropping Lisa Marie, and Inheriting Graceland

Again in Switzerland, the solar is setting, and Keough has wrapped herself in a sweater. We’re so many hours forward of LA that, after we began speaking inside, the one birthday needs she’d gotten had been computerized emails from her physician’s and dentist’s places of work. Ever since we sat within the grass, although, her telephone has been singing with alerts from pals.

Keough smiles. “Oh my God, so many texts, I have to be particular,” she jokes.

We are saying goodbye for the day within the foyer. As Keough slips away to hitch her husband and daughter, the pianist, in all seriousness, begins taking part in “Can’t Assist Falling in Love.”

Too late. Riley has left the constructing.

The world first found that Keough and her husband had welcomed a daughter at Lisa Marie’s funeral at Graceland in January. Keough wrote a eulogy however was too overcome to ship it, so her husband learn it for her. It included these strains: “I hope I can love my daughter the way in which you really liked me, the way in which you really liked my brother and my sisters. Thanks for giving me energy, my coronary heart, my empathy, my braveness, my humorousness, my manners, my mood, my wildness, my tenacity. I’m a product of your coronary heart.”

On a sizzling June afternoon, Keough hugs me howdy exterior the unassuming ’70s tract home that she and Smith-Petersen have been renting on the finish of a cul-de-sac in Calabasas. “Don’t choose, this isn’t my aesthetic,” she says. “After my mother died, I wanted to be near my sisters. There have been solely three homes out there out right here, so we simply moved in. We had been caught.”

The household’s shifting to a extra personal place tomorrow—even now, there’s a paparazzo parked on the finish of the road—and Smith-Petersen is packing containers within the storage. The household will nonetheless be near Keough’s 14-year-old half sisters, Harper and Finley Lockwood, which is crucial: Luhrmann remembers Keough at Lisa Marie’s funeral “bodily holding the twins as folks filed previous within the backyard.”

I ask if the brand new place is her best dwelling.

“No, however I really like suburbia,” she says. “That is my dream: normalcy. I’m pleased out right here.”

Keough ushers me inside and, over the barking of the household’s canines, Zushi and Grubs, I hear an toddler’s cry.

“Hello, child,” she says. Then to me: “That is Tupelo.”

Tupelo Storm Smith-Petersen arrived through surrogate in August 2022. Keough says of surrogacy, “I believe it’s a really cool, selfless, and unbelievable act that these ladies do to assist different folks. I can carry youngsters, however it felt like the only option for what I had happening bodily with the autoimmune stuff.” As for her daughter’s identify: Tupelo, in fact, was the King of Rock and Roll’s birthplace in Mississippi. “It’s humorous as a result of we picked her identify earlier than the Elvis film,” Keough says. “I used to be like, ‘That is nice as a result of it’s probably not a well known phrase or identify in relation to my household—it’s not like Memphis or one thing.” A giant snort at her naivete. “Then when the Elvis film got here out, it was like, Tupelo this and Tupelo that. I used to be like, ‘Oh, no.’ But it surely’s tremendous.”

Her daughter’s center identify is a tribute to her late brother, Benjamin Storm Keough, who died when he was 27.

Robe by Nili Lotan; ring (proper ring finger) by Van Cleef & Arpels.{Photograph} by Mario Sorrenti; Styled by Nicola Formichetti.