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Linda Thompson's upcoming memoir may be titled A Little Thing Called Life, but the former beauty queen and songwriter's life has been anything but "little."
Linda's love life has been particularly legendary, having fallen in love with Elvis Presley, Caitlyn Jenner, and David Foster. Now the 66-year-old is opening up about what she learned from her remarkable romances in her new tell-all, from which PEOPLE has exclusively released excerpts.
The book details Linda's love-at-first-sight meeting with Elvis at a Memphis movie screening that she was invited to by the singer. "From our first moments together, our relationship was all-encompassing," she writes in her memoir. "The first year of the four and half we would share, we were together 24 hours a day."
Elvis and Linda
But soon Linda would come to describe that togetherness as "needy." "Gosh, to be the greatest sex symbol in the world, and yet he's so insecure he can't stand to hear about anybody I ever dated," Linda says in the book.
Linda was well aware of Elvis' struggle with prescription drug abuse, describing in the book one night in 1976 where she found the singer passed out with his head in a bowl of soup. "As I held his head up by his hair, he had chicken soup and noodles all over his face," she writes. "I started to clean his throat, literally pulling out chunks of food."
Elvis' dependence on prescription pills, along with his multiple affairs, caused Linda to call it quits with the singer, according to PEOPLE. Eight months later in 1977, Elvis was found dead in his Graceland estate, and his then-9-year-old daughter Lisa Marie Presley broke the news to Linda over the phone, she reveals in her memoir. In that moment, Linda says she was "frozen by a dread of acknowledging the truth."
Linda met Caitlyn (known as Bruce at the time) eight months after Elvis' death, and they married in 1981. Caitlyn shared with Linda that she was "a woman trapped in a man's body" in 1983, after the birth of their first son, Brody Jenner. "Thirty years ago, few of us were educated about the world of gender dysphoria," Linda writes in her memoir, as reported by PEOPLE. "So my reaction was utter confusion, even desperation. My whole world began to crumble."
Linda and Caitlyn (then-known as Bruce)
The couple sought therapy and even went on a getaway to New York City in an effort to reconnect and keep their marriage alive. But when Caitlyn greeted Linda at their hotel room wearing a dress, wig, and a face full of makeup, she realized their relationship would never be the same again. "I crumbled right there and burst into tears," Linda describes in the memoir. "'Oh, I'm sorry,' Bruce said. 'I just wanted you to see who I really am. This is me!'"
After that, Linda writes that "he felt more like my best girlfriend."
Linda says that she vowed to keep Caitlyn's gender dysphoria a secret, even from their sons Brody and Brandon Jenner. But now that Caitlyn has undergone her transition, she "seems so much happier and freer in her feminine self," Linda writes.
However, Linda still fondly remembers her former lover. "I sometimes find it surreal to look into her perfectly made-up, beautiful brown eyes, while remembering the masculine, gorgeous man who fathered my sons," she says. "That admission is just me being real. I completely accept, respect and support Caitlyn, but I must admit, I sometimes miss Bruce."
Linda will also detail her marriage to major music producer David, who she was married to from 1991 to 2005, six years before he would marry The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Yolanda Hadid. "I want people to know we are all in this together and we are all fallible," Linda says of her famous flames. "We're all do diverse and so complex, but most of all, we're all human."
Watch Yolanda open up about her recent divorce from David, below.
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