Riley Keough welcomed daughter via surrogacy as she shares her name

Riley Keough reveals she welcomed her baby daughter via surrogate to avoid Lyme disease complications – as she shares unusual name she gave her as a touching tribute to grandfather Elvis Presley

  • Elvis’s granddaughter Riley became a mother in August 2022
  • She welcomed her first daughter via surrogate just months before the death of her mother, Lisa Marie Presley
  • READ MORE: Riley Keough finally breaks her silence on bitter feud with Priscilla Presley – admitting family was thrown into ‘chaos’ after Lisa Marie’s death

Riley Keough has revealed that she welcomed her daughter via surrogate – while also sharing that her little one’s name is a poignant tribute to her grandad, Elvis Presley.

The Daisy Jones & the Six actress, 34, who is the daughter of the late Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough, became a mother for the first time with her husband Ben Smith-Petersen last year.

Tupelo Storm Smith-Petersen arrived in August 2022, however the news of her birth wasn’t shared until Riley’s heartbreaking eulogy to her mother Lisa Marie in January 2023.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Riley talked candidly about enlisting a surrogate to carry her child, while also explaining how her daughter’s unusual name is a sweet homage to the King of Rock and Roll.

Motherhood: Riley Keough, 34, became a mom for the first time in August 2022 after welcoming daughter Tupelo Storm Smith-Petersen 

Getting candid: The actress opened up about her journey to motherhood, revealing that she welcomed her first little girl via surrogate 

Explaining her decision to use a surrogate, Riley pointed to her Lyme disease, noting that while she ‘can carry children’, she chose not to so as to avoid any potential autoimmune complications.  

‘I think it’s a very cool, selfless, and incredible act that these women do to help other people,’ she said.

‘I can carry children, but it felt like the best choice for what I had going on physically with the autoimmune stuff.’

Lyme disease is an illness caused by borrelia bacteria, which if left untreated can lead to infection of the placenta during pregnancy. 

Her daughter’s name Tupelo of course is a reference to Elvis’s birthplace in Mississippi, with Riley explaining that she originally picked the moniker because she felt it would be a way of honoring her grandfather that wasn’t quite as ‘well-known’ as something like Memphis. 

‘I was like, “This is great because it’s not really a well-known word or name in relation to my family—it’s not like Memphis or something,”‘ Riley said.

However, the new mother’s plans for a lesser-known homage to Elvis were somewhat ruined by the release of the Elvis biopic – which featured many prominent references to the singer’s birthplace. 

When Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar nominated movie starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks came out in May 2022, Tupelo was mentioned left, right, and center. 

‘It’s funny because we picked her name before the Elvis movie,’ she said. ‘I was like, “Oh, no”,’ Riley admitted to the publication. ‘But it’s fine.’

Loving homage: Riley’s daughter’s name Tupelo is a reference to Elvis Presley’s birthplace 

Humble beginnings: Elvis was born at his parents’ home in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935

Cover star: Riley s on the cover of the September issue of Vanity Fair 

Family ties: Elvis and Priscilla Presley married in 1967 and welcomed their only daughter, Lisa Marie, in 1968

Elvis was born in Tupelo on January 8, 1935, to Vernon and Gladys Presley.

He was delivered at home with his stillborn twin brother, Jessie Garon, in a two-room house built by his father, grandfather, and uncle.

Tupelo’s middle name is a tribute to Riley’s late brother, Benjamin Storm Keough, who died by suicide aged 27 in 2020.

Riley initially shared news that she had become a mother in a poem that was read out by her husband Ben at Lisa Marie’s memorial service on January 22. 

‘I hope I can love my daughter that way you loved me,’ it said. ‘The way you love 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.

‘We are you. You are us, my eternal love. I hope you finally know how loved you were here. Thank you for trying so hard for us. If I didn’t tell you every day, thank you.’

Earlier this month, Riley was officially named as the sole trustee of her late mother’s estate.

Tragic passing: Lisa Marie died on January 12, 2023 at the age of 54 and was laid to rest at her father’s Graceland mansion

Legal battle: Riley, pictured with her grandmother Priscilla Presley in 2016, was officially named as the sole trustee of her late mother’s estate

Lisa Marie died on January 12 at the age of 54 and was laid to rest at her father’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 22.

Just four days after the funeral, her mother Priscilla filed court documents disputing a 2016 amendment to Lisa Marie’s living trust.

The amendment removed Priscilla and a former business manager as trustees and replaced them with her two eldest children – Riley and Benjamin.

However, Priscilla and Riley agreed to a settlement in May.

‘When my mom passed, there was a lot of chaos in every aspect of our lives,’ the mother-of-one  shared. 

‘Everything felt like the carpet had been ripped out and the floor had melted from under us.

‘Everyone was in a bit of a panic to understand how we move forward, and it just took a minute to understand the details of the situation, because it’s complicated. We are a family, but there’s also a huge business side of our family.’

A Los Angeles coroner ruled that Lisa Marie died of complications from weight loss surgery she had several years ago. Her death was ruled as being from natural causes due to the effects of a small bowel obstruction.

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