Linda Thompson Remembers “First Love” Elvis Presley in Sweet Message on His 80th Birthday

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Linda Thompson posted a sweet message for her "first love" Elvis Presley on what would have been his 80th birthday -- see it here. Jan Knapik/Splash News Online

She still loves him tender. Linda Thompson, who once famously dated Elvis Presley in the '70s, posted a sweet Instagram tribute to her late ex-boyfriend on what would have been his 80th birthday.

The mother of Brandon and Brody Jenner, 64, shared a multi-pic collage of The King on Thursday, Jan. 8, featuring photographs from his formative childhood years to the peak of his career.

"I would be remiss," Thompson wrote, "in acknowledging my cherished memories of my first love if I didn't post this." Bruce Jenner's ex-wife added: "Happy birthday… Ageless, timeless, treasured."

Thompson was 22 years old and the title-holder of Miss Tennessee when she first met Presley in 1972. "Chronologically, I was older than I was emotionally," she told Larry King in a 2002 CNN interview. "Having grown up in the South in a kind of very sequestered environment, you know, very traditional, very conservative."

The two lived together in his Memphis estate Graceland for four years before they amicably parted ways in 1976. Thompson told King that while they did not work out, the Presley she knew was different from his public persona.

"He was very respectful and very much the southern gentleman," she shared. "He was a very dichotimous human being, very paradoxical. On the one hand, you know, he had this raucous image, and he did have a raucous sense of humor, irreverent sense of humor. But he was very pious on another level and very puritanical."

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Eventually, she went on to marry Olympian Bruce Jenner from 1981 to 1985, and her second husband David Foster from 1991 to 2005.

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