What Happened To Marco Garibaldi? All About Priscilla Presley’s Ex-Boyfriend

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What Happened To Marco Garibaldi? All About Priscilla Presley’s Ex-Boyfriend
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Marco Garibaldi is a former screenwriter and director who is better known as the ex-partner of Priscilla Presley, a businesswoman, and the ex-wife of the late singer-actor, Elvis Presley. Garibaldi lived with Priscilla Presley for 22 years, from the mid-’80s to the mid-2000s.

Know what Marco’s been up to all these times, has Garibaldi remarried? Also read about the detailed timeline of his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Priscilla Presley.

Key Takeaways

  • Priscilla Presley’s ex-partner Marco Garibaldi is an entrepreneur who has ventured into businesses in the field of writing, architecture, engineering, manufacturing, astronomy, botany, software engineering, and public service. He is also the director and producer of various movies & TV series.
  • He was Born Marco Antonio Garcia in 1955, in Palmi, Calabria, Italy. As of 2023, he is 68 years of age.
  • Marco and Priscilla met in 1983 and were in a relationship for 20 years before they split because of speculated infidelity from both sides. The former couple never married.
  • The ex-pair had a son Navarone Garivaldi, born in 1987 (age 36 years), in Santa Monica, CA. He is a singer and songwriter for Them Guns.
  • Priscilla stated that his ex-boyfriend was a con artist, who pretended to be Italian but was rather Brazilian. He had faked his identity to be with her.
  • Marco Garibaldi attended his step-daughter’s funeral after she died of cardiac arrest on 12th Jan 2023 at West Hills Hospital, in Los Angeles.
  • He is worth around $1.5 million as of 2023. Similarly, his ex-partner is worth $50 million.
  • Marco is still alive and lives a private life in the United States.

Where Was Marco Garibaldi Born; What Does He Do Now?

Priscilla’s former boyfriend of over 20 years, Marco Garibaldi (real name, Marco Antonio Garcia) was born in 1955 in Palmi, Calabria, Italy. Although he claimed to be of Italian nationality, it later came out to be a lie; he was Brazilian by ethnicity.

Naked Gun actress Priscilla Presley with her former boyfriend and ex-screenwriter, Marco Garibaldi. (1)
Brazilian ex-screenwriter and director Marco Garibaldi with his former partner Priscilla Presley. Shutterstock

While not much about his early education is known, Garibaldi was once a student at IBM’s Systems Research Institute majoring in the tabulating knowledge-sharing program and Computer Science.

In fact, in his later years, his occupation has been technology entrepreneur, builder, and consultant. He is now reportedly a computer programmer and is also in the business of luxury and non-toxic Real Estate development as well as Aerospace Manufacturing.

Is Marco Garibaldi Italian? His Nationality

No, Garibaldi isn’t Italian. Although Marco convinced Priscilla initially by pretending to be a guy from a wealthy Italian family, it later turned out to be a hoax. Marco was born and raised in Brazil and had an extended family in Brazil too.

So, Marco’s nationality is also Brazilian, not Italian. Talking about his ethnicity, Garibaldi has a mixed ethnic background.

Marco Garibaldi’s Career In The Filmmaking

On the spectrum of films, Marco has written for the TV series Dallas, in which his ex-partner, Priscilla also starred in. The one-time writer Garibaldi also wrote for another series, The Hitchhiker.

The now 68 years old additionally directed three episodes of the TV series, Mighty Morphine Power Rangers, in 1995. His last project was in 2009 when he produced Across The Hall starring Brittany Murphy.

How Did Marco Meet His Partner Priscilla Presley? 

Marco and Priscilla met each other in 1983 after a mutual friend introduced them. In fact, Garibaldi had written a script and was hoping that Priscilla would produce it.

People close to Priscilla at the time claimed hers and Marco’s romance began in classic Hollywood fashion. Elvis’ ex-wife was then playing the sultry Jenna Wade on the long-running TV series “Dallas.”

Dallas alum and Elvis Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla Presley with her former boyfriend and tech entrepreneur Marco Garibaldi.
A former screenwriter and tech entrepreneur Marco Garibaldi with his ex-girlfriend and actress Priscilla Presley. Getty

In the meantime, she was also looking for a writer to help her develop her own projects. Then a friend of hers recommended Garibaldi, a screenwriter at the time.

Priscilla’s sister, in Jan 1995, said,

“Marco appealed to her intellect. He’s very independent and self-sufficient. When he met her, I don’t think it really dawned on him who she was.”

Priscilla once described that period Garibaldi as someone who was half-serious and half-joking. She also described him as the reason for “my stability.”

Her friends said Marco at the time appeared a down-to-earth man and was a welcome relief after the madness of Priscilla’s life with Elvis. Soon, they started living together in Beverly Hills starting from the year, 1984.

When together, they welcomed a son, Navarone in 1987. Priscilla, the ex of the late singer, Elvis, and Marco Garibaldi together spent more than two decades living at the former’s Beverly Hills mansion before the couple ended their relationship in 2006.

At the beginning of their relationship, Priscilla ensured her partner signed a promissory agreement that if they should break up, he would not write a book about her.

Some say they didn’t tie the knot owing to Priscilla’s aversion to marriage that resulted from her ex-husband Elvis’ infidelity and possessiveness.

Marco Garibaldi Was Married Before Meeting Priscilla: Who Was His Wife?

Priscilla once revealed her ex-partner, Garibaldi was also formerly married.

Talking to “Spokesman” in Jan 1995, on why she and Marco never married, the Naked Gun actress said,

“I’m speaking just for me – I’m not advocating that people not get married. I’ve been married; Marco’s been married. I don’t take him for granted, and he doesn’t take me for granted.”

However, there are no reports on who Marco was married to before Garibaldi.

Why Did Garibaldi And Priscilla Split? Did Priscilla Marry After The Breakup?  

Neither Priscilla nor Marco ever explained publicly why they ended their more than two decades of relationship.

After the end of their relationship, though, Marco’s ex, Priscilla from 2006 to 2009 dated British TV executive Nigel Lythgoe. Then in the early 2010s, she was allegedly in a relationship with restaurateur Richie Palmer, the ex-husband of Raquel Welch.

Naked Gun actress Priscilla Presley with the father of her son, Marco.
Priscilla Presley with her husband Marco Garibaldi at the Jubilation 2000 concert on June 1, 2000, at the home of producer Alan Ladd Jr. in Beverly Hills, CA. Getty

Since then, Marco’s former girlfriend has been reported to be in a relationship with Australian entertainer, Barry Crocker, and disc jockey Toby Anstis. Priscilla’s current dating life is somewhat shrouded behind her expressive social media post and other likewise activities.

Is Marco Garibaldi Married Now?

Much like Priscilla or better yet something that is significantly more riddling than the personal life of the Spin City actress is that of Marco’s current marital life itself. Ever since his chapter ended in Priscilla’s fate, Garibaldi Sr has been a strong nonentity; one that simply doesn’t exist in today’s media discussions.

It thus and thus is a bit shadowy whether Marco, at present, has a wife or at least a girlfriend.

One more what’s-it that is obscure in the case of Garibaldi is the what-about of his these days. Further deepening the vagueness about Marco’s in-duration whereabouts is his absence from columns like Facebook, Instagram, or just the same web directories.

Garibaldi And Priscilla’s Son, Navarone Garivaldi 

Garibaldi and his ex-wife, Priscilla’s son, Navarone is now a musician. Navarone fronts the band Them Guns, a rock band from Los Angeles.

Now 35 years old, Marco’s son Navarone is the lead singer of Them Guns and regularly performs shows at smaller venues in the U.S. like The Viper Room and The Troubadour.

Navarone Garibaldi, the son of Marco and Priscilla.
Navarone Garibaldi, the only son of Priscilla and her ex-partner, Marco Garibaldi.

The members of Them Guns describe the band’s sound as “a rock base, a tinge of surf/ska vocals, and funked-out keys, a sound to satisfy the traditional, to alternative, to psychedelic rock music enthusiasts… birthed from the barrels of Them Guns.”

Over the years, Priscilla has been incredibly supportive of Navarone’s musical aspirations. She also shares photos of her and him after a show or two along with other candid shots of them spending time together.

Marco’s Son, Navarone Married In 2022; Did He Invite His Father To The Wedding?

Marco’s son, Navarone is also husband to his girlfriend of four years, Elisa Achilli. Navarone married Achilli at Schloss Hunigen Hotel in Emmental Valley, Switzerland in Feb 2022.

They exchanged vows on the grounds of the 16th-century castle. Attendees included loved ones, including Navarone’s mother Priscilla.

Navarone’s father, Garibaldi Sr, however, was absent on his son’s big day. The vocalist/musician proposed to his girlfriend in December 2020.

Marco Garibaldi Son, Navarone was arrested over Drug Charges

In 2004, Marco and Priscilla’s son, Navarone caused a little bit of trouble when he went to jail after the police caught him with drugs and speeding in Los Angeles.

Navarone who was then 17-year-old was reportedly under the influence of marijuana and in possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

According to a US TV show, Priscilla, after hearing the news of her son’s arrest, rushed to the police station in Glendale, east of Los Angeles, to bring him home. Garibaldi Jr didn’t face any serious legal charges as he was then still a minor.

Marco Garibaldi Turned Out To Be A Con Artist

In mid-2018, the Dallas alum Priscilla Presley reportedly found out that her ex-BF and father to son Navarone, Marco, is a con artist living a life of lies and fakery according to Radar Online.

Marco apparently deceived Priscilla by pretending to be someone he was not. During the start of their relationship, the ex-screenwriter convinced Presley that he was from a wealthy and prominent Italian family who had relocated to Brazil when he was very young.

Mighty Morphine Power Rangers director Marco Garibaldi with his ex-girlfriend Priscilla Presley.
Spin City actress Priscilla Presley with her ex-boyfriend and director Marco. Getty

In actuality, however, Marco’s real last name turned out to be Garcia and he was born in Brazil, not Italy.

Garibaldi had changed his last name, inventing an impressive background story in order to easily associate with Hollywood celebrities and bigwigs. Marco believed he would have never made it with his original Latin name in the US.

During all these revelations, a source close to Priscilla Presley’s situation stated;

“He comes from a middle-class Brazilian family but was told when he moved to the U.S. he’d never make it if he had a Hispanic-sounding last name. He told everyone, including Priscilla, that he was from a very important Italian family. It was all a lie.”

Marco’s Son Navarone Found Out The Real Truth About His Father, Marco’s Nationality 

The real story of Garibaldi started to unfold after his and Priscilla’s only son, Navarone started receiving texts from a young relative in Brazil.

Navarone later confronted his father about the information he had received from a distant relative and it caused a major family blowup between father and son. Marco, in consequence, became angry and told Navarone to never speak to him again.

The father and the son haven’t spoken since. An insider then reported,

“Marco hasn’t spoken to his son since. Navarone can’t believe he grew up thinking he was Italian and all this time he was Brazilian. It was a real core-shaker for him.”

As for Priscilla, she came to know about her then-partner’s fraud through her son, Navarone who shared the information with her. Further, just a few months after their son Navarone’s birth, one of Marco Garibaldi’s ex-partners also called his then-girlfriend Priscilla several times and warned her about Marco. She told her that Marci’s “not who you think he is,” Navarone stated.

“My mom pretty much said, ‘Don’t call here again,’ because she didn’t know what to do with that information.”

Another shocking fact was that during their long relationship, Marco had access to a ton of Elvis Presley’s fortune through Priscilla and during their time together blew around $50 million.

Marco at the time also claimed he made a living as a big-time Hollywood screenwriter, but in reality, had only a few credits with very few projects over the past several decades.

Their Son Navarone Garibaldi Changed His Last Name From Garibaldi to Garcia

Before Navarone came to know about his father Marco’s real identity, the frontman of the band Them Guns still had his dad’s last name. But, when the truth that his father had come to the United States from Brazil,  not from Italy came out, Navarone also changed his last name from Garibaldi to Garcia. Another reason why Garibaldi changed his last moniker was the difficulty to make a name in Hollywood with a Hispanic last name.

Later on, his father told him when they came across one another,

“Lose my number.”

It was also the last time they talked in person. A couple of weeks after Navarone knew about his extended Brazilian family, the singer made a trip to Brazil and said,

“I lost one family member, but I gained 20-plus.”

He said of his father’s response,

“I have zero regrets.”

Priscilla Spent Millions Of Dollars On Marco Even After Their Break Up; But Neglected His Own Daughter

There were reports that suggested Priscilla Presley still supported Marco years after the end of their relationship. Though it is unclear whether she knew about his real identity or not through those times.

Some listeners found it disturbing because Priscilla at the time had financially cut off her other child with Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley.

Lisa then revealed she had gone broke and was going through a dire time in her life. Elvis’ daughter with Priscilla had a very strained relationship with her mother and even with her half-brother, Navarone.

Blasting News in 2017 reported Navarone took to social media blasting his half-sister posting caustic comments where he said his half-sister, Lisa Marie was not a nice person and even called her a f*****g c**t all before wishing her dead.

Marco Garibaldi’s Stepdaughter Lisa Marie Presley Died at 54

Garibaldi’s stepdaughter Lisa Marie died on 12th Jan 2023 at West Hills Hospital, in Los Angeles. She died after a cardiac arrest at the age of 54. Marco’s former girlfriend and Lisa’s mom Priscilla was the one who first confirmed the tragic news via Instagram. She wrote,

“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us. She was the most passionate, strong, and loving woman I have ever known.”

The last time Lisa made her public appearance was two days before her death at the 80th Golden Globe Awards. She was spotted at the event with her mother.

Did Marco Garibaldi Attend His Daughter Lisa’s Funeral?

After Lisa’s untimely death, several people gathered in Memphis for her funeral. Some of the known attendees who paid tribute to the late singer excluding her mother and family members were former Memphis mayor A. C. Wharton, Guns ‘N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose, Billy Corgan, Sarah, and more.

However, sources say Marco didn’t attend his late stepdaughter’s funeral. Lisa’s public memorial service was held at Graceland, just 10 days after her death on January 22. She was later interred in the Graceland Meditation Garden.

What Happened to Marco Garibaldi? Is He Still Alive

Since Marco separated from his former partner Priscilla Presley, the Brazilian screenwriter-turned-computer-programmer has been living his life notoriously private with zero public appearance. Because of his tendency of keeping things private, people wonder to know what happened to him, whether Marco is still alive, and more about his current whereabouts.

As per some online sources, Navarone Garibaldi’s father Marco is still alive and is currently living in the United States. When he was still with Priscilla, he used to live in Beverly Hills.

How Rich Is Marco’s Ex-Partner, Priscilla Presley; Her Net Worth

Marco’s former partner, Priscilla is quite a wealthy woman; she has an estimated net worth of over $ 50 million. Some claim the amount is much higher – within the span of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Although she inherited some weighty amount of money through her separation from her late ex-husband, Elvis, she, in the latter years, capitalized on them from her successful ventures. In consequence, she is now one of the most-known celebrity businesswomen.

For starters, Garibaldi’s former girlfriend is one of the executors for the Presley estate, Graceland which is a booming tourist destination. It features an Elvis exhibit, a car display, restaurants, a theater, and more. In addition to its millions of revenues each year, Priscilla also benefits hugely from her own fashion and perfume brands.

Fun Facts

  • Navarone Garibaldi’s father Marco is now living his life in the United States behind the camera.
  • He is now 68 years old.
  • Marco’s nationality is Brazilian. He isn’t Italian.
  • He was born in Brazil.
  • Garibaldi never married Priscilla Presley.
  • The two had a son named Navarone Garibaldi.
  • His stepdaughter Lisa Presley from his wife’s marriage to Elvis Presley died in Jan 2023.
  • He didn’t attend her funeral.
  • Marco is still alive.

Source: celebsuburb.com


Narayan Shankar, who goes by the name David, is a seasoned writer and editor, who has a passion for covering the entertainment industry. He has years of experience writing content, especially in the entertainment niche. He is currently an editor and writer for celebsuburb.com along with other websites under our organization named Pandora Group of Companies.