“Riley Keough” starts a new journey as a mom, bringing a bundle of joy into the world.
On Sunday morning, at a memorial ceremony for Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, Lisa Marie Presley‘s eldest daughter Riley’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, disclosed that the couple are parents to a girl while presenting a tribute on behalf of his wife, who was seated front row.
“I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters. Thank you for giving me strength, my heart, my empathy, my courage, my sense of humor, my manners, my temper, my wildness, my tenacity. I’m a product of your heart, my sisters are a product of your heart, my brother is a product of your heart,” said Smith-Petersen, who has been married to Keough, 33, since 2015.
He didn’t go into any further information, including when their kid was born or what her name was.
Keough met Smith-Petersen while filming Mad Max: Fury Road in 2012. The two were introduced briefly on set, but they didn’t start dating until a year later when conducting re-shoots in Australia.
“My husband is such a good person,” wrote Keough in a 2022 essay for Vogue Australia. “He’s calm and loyal and strong and sensitive. He’s my best friend.”
Keough and the Australian stuntman fell in love instantly, and the couple announced their engagement in 2014. Smith-Petersen simply posted a photo of Keough wearing a diamond ring at the moment on Facebook, “So that happened.”
In less than a year, the pair married in February 2015. Keough and Smith-Petersen married for the first time in Nepal, where they were constructing a school just a few weeks before their wedding in the United States.
“The families knew we were getting married, and they said, ‘Let us throw you a Hindu wedding,’ ” Keough recalled in her Vogue Australia essay. “It was so beautiful and, in some ways, that wedding was a little more intimate and really special. That wedding, I cried. At my bigger wedding, I was a little nervous, I wasn’t as present. But it was still equally as amazing.”
The couple, who had matching tattoos, remarried on February 4, 2015, in Napa Valley, California.
The couple’s parenting announcement comes after Keough published a retro black-and-white photo of herself with her mother on Instagram on Friday.
In her first public remark since her mother, the only child of music superstar Elvis Presley, died, Keough left a simple word to accompany the photo: ” she wrote.
Presley died on Jan. 12 after being taken to a hospital in Los Angeles for a probable heart attack. Her age was 54.
Along with Keough, her mother, actress, and businesswoman Priscilla Presley, 77, and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood, 14, survive. Presley was predeceased by her son Benjamin Keough, who committed suicide in 2020 at the age of 27.
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