Even though Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley divorced in 2002, he has a warm space in his heart for the late singer. According to TMZ, the actor paid tribute to Presley in a statement issued by his manager not long after the news broke on January 12 that Presley had died at 54 after a cardiac arrest.

“This is awful news.” CNN obtained a touching note that includes the following passage: “Lisa had the finest laugh of anyone I’ve ever met.” “She was the brightest star in the sky, and her death has broken my heart.”

Cage, however, did not stop there. The actor also alluded to Presley’s late son, Benjamin Keough, who committed suicide in 2020. This added tragedy to the message that Cage was attempting to communicate. Benjamin was not yet a teenager when Cage married Presley, so one may assume that he had fond memories of him as a child, making the rest of his comment all the more devastating.

In the second part of his statement to CNN, Nicolas Cage said of Lisa Marie Presley’s son, “I find some serenity that she is reunited with her son Benjamin. Everyone knew how much Presley loved her kid, and they also knew how much she suffered after he died.”

She wrote on Instagram in May 2022, “Navigating through this dreadful sorrow that wrecked and crushed my heart and soul into basically nothing has consumed me entirely. Apart from my other children, there isn’t much else that occupies my time and attention these days.”

According to an interview Presley made with Diane Sawyer of ABC News in 2003, although they were no longer together, she and Cage maintained in touch after their relationship ended.

She mentioned that one of the things that drew her to Cage was his uniqueness. “I enjoy it when someone shakes things up,” she added. “I’m not sure why this is the case. I can’t help but be pulled to such things.” Regardless of the circumstances, it is impossible to deny their close friendship.