LATEST: Lisa Marie Presley went public with her pregnancy news because she's sick of media taunts about her weight gain. The singer has branded the world's tabloid media a "pack of coyotes" for relentlessly ridiculing her overweight appearance. Elvis' 40-year-old daughter, who is expecting her first child with husband Michael Lockwood, claims she has been the victim of intense mockery over the past several weeks, following the publication of several unflattering photographs, showing Presley with added weight around her face and body. Comparisons were inevitably drawn between Elvis' bloated appearance in the latter years of his life and her own expanding figure - with speculation rife with claims she was overloading on junk food, just like her late father. Presley became so enraged at the cruel accusations, she was forced to confirm rumours of her pregnancy to set the record straight. Writing on her blog on Friday (07Mar08), just after the pregnancy story broke, Presley writes, "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. "Once they got a glimpse of my expanding physique a few days ago, they have been like a pack of coyotes circling their prey whilst eerily howling with delight. Starting with a London publication and then New York and Chicago all writing false defamatory degrading stories about all of the dark possible reasons I could be putting on weight. "The U.S. tabloids have been calling all day wanting confirmation on all kinds of insane theories. "They couldn't wait to find out if my weight gain was because I was just overeating, in which case It would be open season and they can do the old following in her fathers sad and unfortunate demise story again or, less interesting for them and probably much to their dismay, I could just be pregnant and therefore have a legitimate reason for weight gain, at which point they should probably wipe the saliva off of their fangs and put them back in their mouths or they may expose the black little souls that they are. Now that things are confirmed, hopefully they can stop all of the harassment and I can stop dodging the continuous bullets."