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At the risk of the world ending over press reports criticizing a ballooning Lisa Marie Presley, the princess of rock and roll felt compelled on Friday to announce that she is pregnant, saying she was forced into it by media ridicule.

The 40-year-old daughter of Elvis and Pricilla Presley is expecting her third child with fourth husband, music producer Michael Lockwood. On her official MySpace page, Presley wrote:

 

"After being the target all week of slanderous and degrading stories, horribly manipulated pictures and articles in the media, I have had to show my cards and announce under the gun and under vicious personal attack that I am in fact pregnant.”

Her announcement came several days after photos of Presley and Lockwood eating lunch in L.A. made the media rounds. Britain’s The Daily Mail asked, "Like father like daughter? Bloated Lisa Marie is now the double of dad Elvis.”

On Friday, Lisa Marie’s spokesperson, Cindy Guagenti, said, "I mean, if you read some of the stories it’s like, ‘She’s gonna die like her father';’her and her mom are in a fight because of her weight’ — that’s not true at all. It’s just awful stuff.”

Lisa Marie, who admitted she was "seething" over the way the press ridiculed her appearance, has two children by first husband Danny Keough. She was also infamously married to Michael Jackson and briefly to actor Nicolas Cage.

”You KNOW if you were pregnant and you felt you were expanding uncontrollably by the moment as a result, and the worldwide media started badgering and harassing you for it, plastering you everywhere in an unflattering light, you would be mortified as well,” she said.

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