It’s the end of the year, folks, and oh, what a year it’s been. Let’s steer clear of all the politics and negativity and escape it all for a bit. If you’re looking for a fun read, then check out our top five articles of 2020.
This year, our readers enjoyed reading all about the wildest families in the music business. Check out the lives of the Jackson, the Osbournes, and all the Beatles’ kids. We also have rock star weddings and wives. And if you’re a fan of John Denver, there’s a deep dive on him and his untimely death. Check it out!
The King of Pop has three children, Prince, Paris, and Bigi (Blanket) Jackson. The three kids have gone through a lot in life, but they managed to stay out of the spotlight. The siblings had a wonderful childhood growing up on the Neverland Ranch. The kids were happy, loved, cared for, and protected; until Michael Jackson suddenly passed away on June 25th, 2009, leaving the three children with no father.
Paris and Prince accepted awards on behalf of their father, but they managed to stay under the radar for quite a few years. They went to school and tried to live a relatively normal life. Well, as normal as it could be without their dad. But now the kids are all grown up. There’s modeling, acting, college graduation, and even a YouTube channel coming out of these starlings.
Check out what life was like growing up Jackson, and what these extraordinary kids are up to now.
Michael Jackson spent two years of his life married to Lisa Marie Presley. However, Presley refused to have children, and the couple divorced in 1996. Michael Jackson was worried that he would never have any kids of his own. He just wanted a family. Thankfully, he was eventually able to make that happen.
On November 14th, 1996, Jackson married his second wife, Debbie Rowe. The king of pop met Debbie when she was working as a dermatologist assistant – she treated his vitiligo. Unfortunately, the relationship didn’t last very long. Two years after tying the knot, the couple called it quits. But before their marriage was over, they had two children together.
Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe’s first child was named Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. He was welcomed into the world at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on February 13th, 1997. It didn’t take long for the pair to come up with the perfect nickname for their perfect son: Prince. Considering his dad is the king of pop, the name seems appropriate.
But Jackson and Debbie weren’t a conventional couple. Their marriage had more to do with giving the singer children and a family, and less to do with true love. Not long after baby Prince was born, Debbie stayed with a friend, and Jackson brought the infant to his home on the Neverland Ranch.
As you may already know, Michael Jackson acted like a child sometimes. Apparently, he felt like his childhood was taken away from him, so he spent years as an adult, making up for lost time. That’s why, when he had kids, he loved to play dress-up with them. He dressed them up for photoshoots back in the 90s. Prince is as cute as can be with his big brown eyes and that bow tie.
Prince revealed that he has happy memories at Neverland. He also said that Michael was a great dad who wanted to give his kids the childhood he never had. On multiple occasions, Prince admitted that he misses his dad so much and thinks about him every day.
In November 1997, Debbie Rowe announced that she was pregnant with baby number two. The beautiful Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born on April 3rd, 1998. The adorable blue-eyed baby got her middle name Katherine from her grandmother – Michael’s mom. She clearly inherited some gorgeous genes. Supposedly, she was named Paris after the city she was conceived in.
Just like he did with his son Prince, Michael took Paris to live on the Neverland Ranch shortly after she was born. The ranch was their childhood home. As unconventional as it was, it seems like every kid’s dream. Neverland was a fun ranch complete with theme park rides and a petting zoo.
Paris and Prince had a great childhood growing up on their famous father’s Neverland Ranch. After Jackson bought the ranch in 1988, he turned it into a fun amusement park. In addition to having a real zoo and a carousel, the ranch also featured a rollercoaster. That seems like a dream for me! Hopefully, his kids aren’t scared of heights.
As you probably guessed, the kids enjoyed playing in the fairy tale land that was in their backyard. In this charming picture, you can see Paris enjoying the carousel in her colorful dress. She probably rode that thing all the time. Who can blame her? If I grew up with rides in my backyard, I would never leave my house.
Michael Jackson is known for a lot of things. But one thing he is really famous for is his flamboyant outfits. The singer didn’t slack when it came to his children’s style. Those cool kids were always dressed to impress. In this picture, you can see the siblings looking very fashionable, posing on that motorcycle.
The pop star always dressed his daughter in cute girly clothes. As a toddler, Paris wore classic dresses, Mary-Jane shoes, and lots of pretty bows. She is now a model, and it seems like she was destined to be one from a very young age. Prince was frequently dressed in shirts and slacks. He adopted this style and brought it into his adult life.
On February 21st, 2002, Michael Jackson’s third child was born, Prince Michael Jackson II. For his third child, Jackson used a surrogate mother and did not know her identity. Jackson caused a media frenzy when he nicknamed his child Blanket. His reasoning was: “A blanket is a blessing. It’s a way of showing love and caring.”
Blanket had a pretty dramatic entrance into the world. In addition to his controversial name, there was that infamous moment when Michael held his newborn outside a hotel in Berlin. Photographers snapped a picture of Michael carelessly holding his son out the window Lion King-style. Yikes! Michael later commented, explaining how he was swept up with emotion.
As you probably would have guessed, Peter Pan was a significant story in Michael Jackson’s life. I mean, he even named his ranch Neverland, after the fictional fantasy story about kids who stay young forever. It only makes sense that his children enjoyed the fairy tale as well.
In this charming picture, you can see Prince Paris and Blanket playing dress-up dressed in handmade costumes from the story of the boy who never grew up. Since Michael started performing at a young age, he felt like he didn’t get to experience really being a kid. That’s why he wanted his children to capture their childhood and enjoy the magic of being a kid for as long as possible.
Like any good father, Michael Jackson wanted to protect his kids from paparazzi, tabloids, and the media. Of course, he couldn’t keep them locked up, but he still tried to shield the kids when he took them out. If you look at childhood pictures of the Jackson kids, they are often seen wearing elaborate masks, carnival costumes, or something to cover up their faces.
The masks were obviously intended to hide the kids. He didn’t want them to be bombarded because of his fame. However, their face coverings tended to be semi-transparent, which kind of defeated the purpose of wearing them. It didn’t stop the paparazzi from snapping pictures of them, but I guess it’s the thought that counts.
Michael Jackson was obviously a gigantic star. That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Jackson kids grew up with celebrities. Many rich and famous people would come to visit the Neverland Ranch. Here, you can see Paris out at a fashion show with Gigi Hadid more recently. Mohammed Hadid would come to the ranch to visit with his kids when they were younger.
Sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid are still close friends with Paris Jackson. The Jackson kids were homeschooled up until Michael passed away. Because they didn’t get to socialize with other kids conventionally – at school – these social opportunities were really important to them.
Fun fact: Macaulay Culkin and Elizabeth Taylor are Prince and Paris’s, godparents.
Since Jackson frequently covered his kids’ faces in public, they were often photographed wearing masks. You can run, but you can’t hide from the paparazzi. There were occasional moments where pictures of the children would surface, and they’re not wearing masks. I’m certain the singer didn’t expect to encounter photographers on those days.
They look like they are casually walking around like a regular family, which is exactly what Michael wanted. It’s sad to look at this photo, knowing that it was probably one of the last times the kids got to hang out with their father before he passed away at the early age of 50. At least they have a childhood full of memories to cherish.
Michael Jackson died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in his North Carolwood Drive home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles. The world lost a musical icon on June 25th, 2009, but those kids lost their father. At the time, the singer was happy, doing well, and getting ready to perform a concert at the Staples Center.
So, when news broke about the singing legend’s death, the world was in complete shock. Understandably, the kids stayed under the radar and weren’t seen publically during that difficult time. They stayed away from the media and stayed home with the family to comfort them. They were so young at the time, and this was a lot for anybody to deal with.
Michael Jackson’s death was a sudden and devastating shock for the whole family (and the entire world). After her son’s death, Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, stepped in and took care of Prince Paris and Blanket. Jackson’s 40-year old nephew and the kid’s co-guardian, TJ Jackson, also helped out during this time.
Thankfully, the kids had their grandmother Katherine, and their aunts, uncles, and cousins all around to support them. They still had a lot of challenges ahead of them, like adjusting to living in a world without their dad. The father that loved them supported them and was there for each and every one since the moment they were born.
On July 7th, 2009, twelve days after his death, a public memorial service was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, for Michael Jackson. This was the first real moment when the world got to truly see the king of pop’s children. The kids were so young at the time, and people really felt their sadness.
Paris was just 11 years old at the time, and when she went on stage to speak, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Jackson’s only daughter said: “I just wanted to say, ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much.” Just reading those words is giving me the chills.
The kids had no choice but to adjust to this new life and the new normal. In 2011, Aunt Latoya Jackson said: “The children are doing so well. Michael put masks on them to protect them and to keep them safe from anyone who wanted to hurt him. He’s gone now. The first thing my mother did was say to them, ‘Today we’re unmasking you. Today the masks come off.'”
Eventually, Katherine moved the kids to a gated community close to Calabasas. That’s when Prince, Paris, and Blanket started attending regular public school. It gave them a chance to socialize with other kids instead of being homeschooled. Being distracted and focused on school helped them cope with the loss.
One of the very first times Michael Jackson’s kids were seen at a fancy celebrity event was in 2010. Prince and Paris were at the Grammys to accept their father’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Both of the kids wore black clothes with red armbands in honor of their father.
The siblings went up on stage and proudly accepted the award that was presented to them by singer Lionel Ritchie. Don’t worry about Blanket; he wasn’t left out. The youngest Jackson kid did attend the event, except the eight-year-old stayed in the seats holding on to a toy. He was too young to take the stage but was still there to support his father.
Prince Jackson got the performance gene from his dad and tried to make his own way in the entertainment industry. In 2013, he finally made it to our TV screens when 16-year-old Prince appeared on Entertainment Tonight as a guest correspondent. Prince had a great time and wanted to pursue a career in show business.
The oldest Jackson expressed his interest in getting involved in the industry. He may not be a singer like his father, but he is a performer; he would just rather do it on screen than on stage. Prince is willing to work hard to achieve his goals, saying, “I’m looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter, and actor.
In addition to appearing on Entertainment Tonight, 2013 was also the year Prince Jackson made his official acting debut. He was featured on an episode of the teen drama show, 90210. Prince got the opportunity to star alongside the main cast in the series finale, where he played a concertgoer who fell off the stage and got injured.
Even though his appearance was a cameo, the aspiring 16-year-old actor got to speak his first acting lines opposite Jessica Stroup, the actress who played Silver throughout the series. Not bad for a first-timer. It was a good way for this rising star to get his foot through the doors of Hollywood (and I’m sure his last name doesn’t hurt).
As we mentioned, Prince Jackson had dreams of becoming a popular producer, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t value education. Prince was determined to study hard to garnish success. In fact, he enrolled at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Many other famous faces have attended the university, including Alyssa Milano and Paris Hilton.
Prince originally wanted to pursue acting and major in film, but he ultimately chose business instead. This was a smart move because Prince can still work in entertainment. Savvy businessmen are always needed in the film industry. He graduated with honors and is really growing up to be a stand-up man and sets a great example for his younger siblings.
After he graduated from college, 22-year-old Prince made an announcement. He revealed that he and Blanket (who now goes by Bigi), are coming out with their own YouTube channel, where the brothers will be reviewing movies. They launched their channel on a high note reviewing the smash hit Avengers: Endgame.
Price took a screenshot from the video to Instagram and wrote, “We are very excited to announce that we are starting a movie review channel. Right now, you can go see our first ever video on my YouTube channel (link in bio).” The brothers have continued to post videos, so if you want to get to know the Jackson boys a little more, check out their YouTube channel.
Prince proved that he is taking his big brother role very seriously when he chose to make videos with Bigi. He always seems to be extremely devoted to his family. You can see the huge smile on his face when he poses for pictures alongside his siblings. I guess after their father died, he wants Paris and Bigi to know they still always have someone there for them.
Bigi is known for being quiet and spent a significant part of his young life avoiding the spotlight. That’s why it’s inspiring to see his big brother encouraging him and bringing him out of his shell. In their YouTube videos, you can see the two brothers goofing around talking about comic books and pizza. There is no doubt that Prince is a wonderful influence on Bigi.
Prince and Paris Jackson walked the red carpet together in 2019 for the Ryan Gordy Foundation’s ’60 Years of Motown’ celebratory event at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. The Jackson siblings even gave a speech there together, but Prince wasn’t Paris’s only date. Gabriel Glenn, a musician, and Paris’s longtime boyfriend, also attended the event with the Jacksons.
However, no one can ever replace her brother. They frequently post photos together and have a good relationship. I can only imagine that their unique upbringing and the death of their father brought them closer together. Paris and Prince have each other to lean on, and at the end of the day, that’s all the support they need.
When her father suddenly died, Paris was 11 years old and completely traumatized. The death came as a major shock and Paris spoke up about it as an adult. She explained how hard it was for her to cope without her father in her life. During an interview with Rolling Stone, the model revealed that she felt as though she couldn’t do anything right and struggled with self-hatred.
It was a rough time for such a girl. Thankfully, she had a great support team of friends and family supporting her the whole way. With the help of her loved ones, Paris was able to overcome the difficulties she faced. Now, she is happy with her relationships and career.
During her troubled years, the family wanted to put Paris in the best position to help her. The ultimately decided that the right course of action would be for Paris to go to a therapeutic school in Utah for her sophomore and junior years of high school. The school ended up being really good for her. It was a refreshing change that she needed.
In 2015, Paris graduated from college. The middle Jackson kid briefly enrolled in community college, but then she changed her mind. She wanted to focus on her career and start working. The aspiring model made the correct choice. It didn’t take long for this stunner to catch the eye of modeling agencies and fashion designers all around the globe.
It’s obvious that Paris inherited good looks. She has a naturally elegant way of holding herself and incredibly piercing eyes. Anyone would be lucky to have this beauty modeling for them, and in 2017 the lucky agency to sign her was IMG Models. Paris was quickly whisked it into a glamourous world of photo shoots, fashion weeks, and catwalks.
The starlet used her talent and beauty to make a name for herself in her own right. Paris started feeling the success of her hard work when she made the cover of Australia’s July issue of Vogue. Now, the impressive model is invited to walk red carpets all over the world. Good for her! She’s come a long way.
When Paris was featured in Vogue Australia, the blue-eyed beauty took the opportunity to discuss her dreams and goals, saying: “I really want to leave a positive imprint in the fashion world, mostly regarding the media and the stereotypical beauty standard that is blasted all over every magazine you see.”
It’s always refreshing to see aspiring stars positively using their platform. Paris went on to tell the magazine that she wants to be a good influence and role model, stating, “I already have many young girls looking up to me, and I want to be something their parents are okay with them looking up to.”
Paris is obviously garnishing success as a model, but that’s not all she is. The talented Jackson has music in her DNA! Paris shows off her musical abilities when she performs in her band The Soundflowers, alongside her longtime boyfriend, Gabriel Glenn. Paris plays acoustic guitar, and it’s not surprising to find out she sings, too.
The Soundflowers is a hippie-inspired folk band. In fall 2019, Paris and the band played a variety of shows called The Full Moon Tour, up the length of the Pacific Coast Highway. Paris really sticks to the hippie style of the band, often performing barefoot and bellbottom jeans. She’s lucky that she has music because it’s like a part of her dad will always be with her.
As soon as she was of legal age to get tattoos, Paris started getting them. She currently has at least 16 of them. The girl loves her ink and is a big fan of animal tattoos. The girl basically has an entire zoo on her body with animals, including a bird, snake, deer, elephant, goat, wolf, rabbit, peacock, and monkey. She also has a heart and an eye.
Paris also has two tattoos that are dedicated to Bigi, her little brother. Back in September 2016, Paris scheduled a tattoo session where she got his initial “B” tattooed in white ink and the Millennium Falcon spaceship from the Star Wars movies in black ink.
Even though Michael Jackson passed away over a decade ago, his children honor him every day. Just because he wasn’t alive for his 60th birthday didn’t mean that his kids weren’t going to celebrate it. In 2018, Prince and Paris accepted the Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award on behalf of their dad for his humanitarian work with the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. What a way to celebrate a legend’s birthday.
The pair decided to go with bright and iconic looks for the party, which took place at Mandalay Bay in Los Angeles. The sibling duo wore custom-made matching sneakers with “Tribute” bedazzled into the sole. That’s one way to celebrate their dad’s iconic life.
In January 2020, Paris went to Paris Fashion Week, where she made her fashion week runway debut. The model walked for Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 20202 collection. Paris got in at the perfect time because this was the fashion designer’s last show ever. The model did an impressive job working it.
The collection dynamic and filled with bright colors, which is right up Paris’s alley. The bohemian accessories and vibrant designs fit her sense of style beautifully. A whole string of celebrities was featured from Dita Von Teese to Paris’s childhood friend’s Gigi and Bella Hadid. Hippie chick Paris was comfortable in the style and killed it on the runway.
Michael Jackson’s friends, specifically Mark Lester (from the movie Oliver!) as responsible for fueling rumors and allegations against Michael not being the real father of his children. Lester claimed that the king of pop asked him to donate sperm. Apparently, since Lester had four children, Michael was convinced he’s fertile.
“I thought it was a joke at first,” Lester explained. On This Morning, he was asked which of his kids actually have his DNA, and Lester answered: “Regardless of who the so-called biological father is or whatever, Michael raised those children as his own.” So basically, DNA or not, all three of those kids are Michael Jackson’s. At the end of the day, genes don’t matter; love does.
Every kid likes to think that they are their parent’s favorite child, and Paris Jackson is no different. When it comes to her father, Paris Jackson believes she is the favorite. I’m not trying to cause any sibling rivalry here, but Paris is convinced she was her daddy’s pride and joy. I can believe Jackson had a soft spot for his only daughter, but you can tell he loved all three of his children.
However, being the only girl comes with some perks. Paris was treated like a queen. They had a special bond, and Michael always tried to keep her safe and protected. She said that he spoiled her so much, and after he passed away, it was a hard social learning curve.
As you can imagine, Blanket got bullied a lot growing up because of his unusual name. That’s why in 2015, Blanket decided to change his name to Bigi. The name comes from German origin and means sensitive, inspirational, and idealistic. It seems pretty appropriate for the shy young Jackson.
Sources close to the family told People Magazine that Bigi is, in fact, very “shy around people he doesn’t know.” However, the little guy is now at his LA private school, where he feels “confident.” He’s been getting good grades, played sports, and hung out with friends. It looks like the new name gave him a new sense of confidence.
Bigi was only seven years old when he lost his father. He subsequently avoided the spotlight during his teenage years. He goes to high school, and despite being born into an extraordinary family, Bigi tries his best to live a normal teenage life. He loves comics and the entire comic book universe.
In February 2020, Little Bigi Jackson turned 18 years old. Paris wrote on Instagram, “My little brother is a legal adult today. I used to change his diapers. This is such a trip… proud of the handsome, intelligent, insightful, funny, and kind young man he has become.” It’s really inspiring to see how close the siblings are and how they continue to support each other.
You either love them, or you hate them, but the Osbourne family is here to stay. Their crazy antics and love for profanity have captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world. They have stuck together, even though it proved to be a struggle throughout the years. But what exactly makes this dysfunctional family tick?
How did the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, win over the love of his life? And what about Sharon and Ozzy’s third daughter Aimee? And no one can forget the 2016 incident involving Ozzy and a hairdresser. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest scandals that have rocked the Osbourne family. You better get comfortable. We have a lot of drama to cover here!
Although Ozzy and Sharon’s marriage made the front page of almost every tabloid in the world, many are still surprised to learn that it was not the singer’s first marriage. In 1971, shortly after Ozzy hit it big with Black Sabbath, he met his first wife, Thelma Riley, at a nightclub. The couple got married quickly, bought a house, and had two kids named Jessica and Louis.
The Prince of Darkness also adopted Thelma’s son Elliott from a previous relationship. “I thought, ‘I have arrived.’ Not realizing it was a giant mirage,” Ozzy told A&E. The singer’s substance abuse combined with Black Sabbath’s touring schedule took a toll on his personal life.
At the time, Ozzy was living in Los Angeles for part of the year to work on new music. With his newfound fame came money and a whole new set of problems. “I thought money would buy everything, would fix everything, but money would buy the alcohol and the drugs, and I behaved f***ing badly,” he told interviewers at A&E.
Ozzy’s former bandmates said that Ozzy was using every day. It got so bad that the singer even admitted that he couldn’t remember when Louis or Jessica was born. This caused problems between the couple, especially since Ozzy had a hard time staying faithful. He cheated on Thelma with several women, including groupies and his current wife, Sharon.
After the unexpected success of the band’s self-titled first album, Black Sabbath began looking for a new manager. They finally settled on Don Arden, whose daughter Sharon was working as his receptionist. Ozzy says that he was attracted to Sharon from the first time he laid eyes on her, despite the fact that he was still married to Thelma at the time.
However, Ozzy didn’t act on his attraction, assuming that “she probably thought I was a lunatic.” Well, she sort of did. “Ozzy walked into my father’s office without shoes, with a water faucet dangling from his neck and sat on the floor,” she told People magazine of the first time they met. “I was terrified.”
One of the reasons why the two hit it off was because of their dysfunctional upbringings. While Don may have taught Sharon the ins and outs of the rock world, he also had a very harsh side to him. Nicknamed the “Al Capone of Pop,” Don once dangled one of his competitors from a balcony by his feet. Another time, he allegedly hit a stage manager for messing up the lighting during one of Black Sabbath’s performances.
Sharon grew up seeing her dad threatening people and even showing off a handgun to get what he wanted. Sharon’s relationship with her mother Hope wasn’t much better. The two never got along, and things got so bad that she refused to attend her mother’s funeral in 1998.
Ozzy’s childhood wasn’t much better. He grew up with five siblings in an impoverished household. “If you build a wall with rocky foundations, you are going to have a pretty unstable wall when it’s finished,” Ozzy told the Daily Mirror in 2003. Besides dealing with his parents’ bickering at home and his problems with dyslexia at school, Ozzy was constantly bullied on his way home from school.
The bullying turned into sexual abuse, and Ozzy felt that he had nowhere to turn. He was afraid to tell his parents about the abuse, especially since it wasn’t something that was openly discussed in those days. The singer says that this dirty secret festered and affected him later on in life, even after the abuse stopped. The only person he could be himself with was Sharon.
Years later, Ozzy said that the best thing about having Don as a manager was that he got to see Sharon on an almost daily basis, even though their relationship was strictly professional at first. By 1979, things weren’t going so well for Ozzy’s career with Black Sabbath. The rest of the band thought that Ozzy’s addictions were way out of control and he was unreliable.
However, Ozzy says that his alcohol consumption and drug use was neither better nor worse than his band members’. Regardless, Don fired Ozzy from the band. That’s when Sharon decided to take over his management as a solo artist. That’s when they began to fall in love, despite the fact that Ozzy had a wife and kids back home.
While Ozzy was happy with the change in management, Sharon’s new job severely affected her relationship with her father. In her memoir, Sharon says that her father went to great lengths to get back at his daughter for managing Ozzy. She soon lost contact with Don and refused to speak to him for nearly 20 years.
In 2001, she told the press that her father had never met her three children and that “he never will.” At one point, she even told her kids that their grandfather had passed away. But the pair were reunited in 2001, and Don has even made a few appearances on their MTV reality show. In August 2004, Don was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and passed away in 2007.
By the time Sharon took over Ozzy’s management, Ozzy had been put through the wringer. He had just been kicked out of Black Sabbath and was dealing with the loss of his father, but Sharon brought light into his life. “We were just having the time of our lives. Meanwhile, Ozzy had a wife and kids back home, so it was a lot.”
The two began to date and eventually married in 1982, just one month after his divorce from Thelma was finalized. Not long after their Maui wedding, the couple welcomed their first daughter Aimee in 1983, then Kelly in 1984, and finally Jack in 1985. Although the couple seemed to have everything they had ever wanted, the ‘80s were an especially low time for Sharon and Ozzy.
Sharon told The Guardian that the couple would often engage in physical fights, which were fueled by alcohol and drugs. But, in 1989, the couple had their worst fight yet. One night, Ozzy came home after a five-day bender and tried to strangle Sharon. The mother of three managed to release his grasp and press a panic button in the room.
Before they knew it, police officers had arrived at her house. Today, Sharon says that she doesn’t know what triggered Ozzy to come after her that night, but she does know that he blacked out. “You’ve never probably lived with an alcoholic addict,” Sharon told Dr. Oz. “They blank out, they have blackout times, and it’s like literally being asleep, but you’re awake.”
Sharon also says that she understands that it was a big deal, and she isn’t trying to make excuses for Ozzy. “These are facts. This is what happens to people who are so deep into their addiction,” she shared. “I’d seen him like sleepwalking before, but never as for this amount of time.”
Ozzy was arrested and spent the night in jail. When he woke up, Ozzy said that he couldn’t remember what had happened. After a court-mandated separation, Ozzy decided to return to rehab to take control over his addictions. Sharon decided not to press charges against the singer, trusting that he would stay sober and not try something like that again.
Her relationship with Ozzy began to take a physical toll. The manager began to lose control of her weight, and after years of debating, she finally decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery in 1999. While she initially lost 125 pounds, Sharon says that it wasn’t in a healthy way.
She had a hard time keeping down her food and was throwing up all the time. The mother of three began to feel like a “cheat” for having the surgery and has said numerous times that she regretted ever having it done. In 2006, Sharon had the band removed and decided to focus on her health and keep her weight down the good old-fashioned way.
In 2002, Ozzy gained a whole new generation of fans when MTV greenlit a reality show featuring him and his family. Apart from the immediate family, The Osbournes also featured Robert Marcato, who was taken in by the couple after his mother passed away from cancer, Sharon’s assistant, and the kid’s Australian nanny, Melinda.
The show ran for four seasons, and, during its first season, the show was cited as the most-watched TV series ever on MTV. However, not everyone wanted to be a part of the series. The couple’s eldest daughter, Aimee, refused to film with the rest of the family. She moved out of the house, and her face was blurred out in family portraits that were shown on the series.
While most of the world thought the Osbournes were a family of four, Aimee says that she had her reasons for not appearing on the show. “I’m not some weirdo depressed daughter that’s afraid of the world that locks herself in her room all day,” she told Barbara Walters in 2007.
She went on to explain that “I want to be a singer, and I felt if I were to stay with the Osbournes and do the whole [show] thing, I felt as though maybe I would have been typecasted right away.” Aimee also added that she dearly loves her family and that it was not out of spite as some fans believe.
The reality show became known for his profanity and outrageous behavior from the Osbournes almost daily. In the US, the swear words were censored, while in the UK and Canada, they were not, leaving audiences fully aware of what the clan was saying. Ozzy later commented on the censorship, stating that while he appreciated the uncensored version, he actually preferred the US censored version.
Why? Because the swearing was more noticeable with the “bleeps” that were recorded over the profanity. Ozzy also said that he was stoned during the entire series and will not re-watch the episodes for that reason. But there was another reason why Ozzy didn’t care for the reality series.
There was a time when Ozzy was known as one of the worst, most extreme rockers out there. But now, with a new reality show, the air of mystery that had surrounded him was transformed into a more public and calculated persona. “I think he was like, ‘Whoa, the rock star thing. We’ve gotta hold that up. Like, I’m just, kind of, dad now.’ And I think he struggled with that,” Jack told Yahoo News in 2019.
At home, the Prince of Darkness was like any other dad. He took the family dog on walks and got frustrated when he couldn’t figure out how to work the remote control. He gave fans a new look into his life, and they loved him for it.
Shortly after the show began filming, Sharon received some devastating news. The then-49-year-old was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her family rallied around her, and The Osbournes filming went on as scheduled, with the second season following Sharon’s cancer treatment. One of her lymph nodes tested positive for cancer, meaning that the disease had traveled beyond her colon.
The mother of three underwent surgery and chemotherapy, and a year later, she was officially declared cancer-free. Ozzy took the news hard and eventually relapsed. According to Ozzy, Sharon gave the Prince of Darkness an ultimatum: quit drinking, or she’d leave him. Ozzy says that he quit drinking, but Sharon soon learned that he just got better at hiding his addictions.
Sharon always believed that her kids would never touch drugs after seeing how their dad had struggled with his addictions. When they did, it broke Sharon’s heart. Kelly’s addiction to painkillers first began when she was 16 years old, and it quickly got out of hand. “I never thought I’d be alive at 35 years old,” Kelly told The Mirror in 2020.
“A lot of my friends didn’t make it, and burying them was hard. I had survivor’s guilt for a long time.” Kelly, who is three years sober, was a close friend of Amy Winehouse’s, who died at the age of 27 in 2011, following years about drug and alcohol issues. Kelly hit rock bottom in 2017 and decided to make some serious life changes.
Kelly says that she called her brother Jack after a night of drinking and just started crying on the phone. “I remember saying to him, crying, ‘I don’t want to be a fat, drunk loser anymore. I want to be a skinny winner,” Kelly told reporters.
Right then and there, Ozzy’s daughter decided to turn her life around. She enrolled in a six-month therapy program, which helped her get a hold of her dependencies and get back on her feet. Kelly has been very open about her journey to sobriety. The star has often said that if her story helps just one person, she’ll be happy. However, Kelly isn’t the only Osbourne sibling to have had a rocky road to success.
Given the bumpy and somewhat tumultuous life back at home, Jack also had problems. He began drinking when he was only 13 years old and soon developed an addiction to painkillers. Jack’s dependencies continued until one day, he decided that he “never wants to feel this way ever again” and checked himself into an adolescent rehab facility.
In 2012, Jack and his longtime girlfriend, Lisa Stelly, had their first child, Pearl Clementine, and officially tied the knot later that year. After miscarrying in 2013, Lisa gave birth to two more daughters, Andy Rose and Minnie Theodora. Unfortunately, Lisa filed for divorce in 2018, only three months after giving birth to Minnie.
In 2012, Jack revealed that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which he says was the scariest moment of his life. Right before the diagnosis, Jack went blind in one eye, felt numbness in both of his legs, and had problems with his bladder and stomach. But with the love and support from his famous family, Jack was back on track in no time.
“My family was an incredible support system for me, helping me understand and wrap my head around the disease, and to them, I am forever grateful,” he said. The youngest Osbourne sibling began an exercise routine and altered his diet, on top of taking his vitamin supplements, hormone replacement therapy, and daily dosages of Copaxone. He even followed in his sister’s footsteps and signed up for Dancing With the Stars!
Whether it was Jack going to rehab or Kelly accidentally saying something she shouldn’t have, the Osbournes have mastered the art of staying in the tabloids. The most recent, and probably the most explosive drama they had was in 2016 when Sharon left Ozzy for cheating on her. Their split shocked the world, given the fact that they had been through so much as a couple.
Ozzy first met Michelle Pugh when he made an appointment to get his hair colored. One thing led to another, and their professional relationship turned physical. The affair went on for nearly four years and only ended after Sharon found emails on his computer.
According to Sharon, there were actually six mistresses in total. “He had women in different countries,” Sharon told The Telegraph after the news broke. “Basically, if you’re a woman giving Ozzy either a back rub or a trolley of food, God help you.” But when Sharon found out about the hairdresser, she says that she completely lost it.
She shared that this incident had come right after Ozzy had accidentally sent her an email meant for “one of his bloody women.” The talk show host said that one night she and Ozzy were sitting on the couch watching TV when she received an email from her husband. “‘Why did you send me this stupid email?” I asked, and when Ozzy told me that he hadn’t sent me anything, I grabbed his phone and said ‘look!'”
While this was not the first time Ozzy had cheated on Sharon, she said that this time it was much harder to forgive him. After finding the emails between Ozzy and Michelle, Sharon kicked Ozzy out of their Beverly Hills mansion and moved out of the home before he returned. Kelly took matters into her own hands and famously tweeted Michelle’s number, along with an angry message about the affair with her father.
Sharon and Ozzy broke up, leaving Sharon wondering if she could ever trust him again. The two began therapy, and Ozzy got additional treatment for his sex addiction. The singer told Piers Morgan, “If you’re a junkie like I was, anything that alters your mind, you go for.” He also says that the extramarital affairs were purely physical.
Michelle, on the other hand, says that the affair was much more than a symptom of sex addiction. A few months after the affair was leaked, Michelle spoke with People magazine about her four-year relationship with the former Black Sabbath frontman. “When I say he gave me the greatest love of my life, I mean it,” she said.
Michelle is adamant that their time together meant something and that the pair connected on an emotional level, as well as on a physical one. The hairdresser also shared that Ozzy was her best friend over the years, and she doesn’t know how to fill the gaping hole in her heart now that he’s gone. Following Michelle’s interview, Ozzy issued a statement apologizing if she took their relationship out of context.
After nearly a year of separation, Sharon revealed that she and Ozzy were back together. “I forgive. It’s going take a long time to trust, but we’ve been together 36 years, 34 of marriage,” Sharon told her viewers. “I just can’t think of my life without him.”
Sharon also shared that Ozzy is desperately trying to be a better person and is working tirelessly to do so. On Mother’s Day 2017, Ozzy and Sharon decided to renew their vows in an intimate ceremony in Las Vegas. According to Sharon, she considers this day her real wedding day. The talk show host also says that she and her Prince of Darkness fell back in love all over again.
The couple seems to have put Ozzy’s affairs behind them and are on the right track. Today, Sharon is currently working on The Talk, where she’s been a co-host since 2010. Most recently, she made headlines when she changed her hair back to her original dark red pixie cut after going all-natural with her grey hair.
She has followed the footsteps of other celebrities, such as Jane Fonda, who have recently been spotted rocking silver hair. But as her 68th birthday approached, Sharon says that she began to resemble Grandma Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies and decided to dye her hair back. Over the years, Sharon has also been a judge on X-Factor and a guest panelist on Loose Women.
As for Aimee, she has managed to stay out of the tabloids over the years. But now that she has her own band, ARO, the eldest Osbourne sibling says that she feels more comfortable letting the press into her private life. Aimee has plans to take her band’s success to the next level.
Aimee appeared in the music video for her band’s debut single, Raining Gold, which received two million hits in just two months! Aimee picks and chooses what she wants to share with the public, but one thing is clear: She loves her father. “I think that he is incredibly unique, I think he’s talented, I think he’s misunderstood,” Aimee told Barbara Walters.
As for Jack and Kelly, things are on track. Jack celebrated his 17th year of sobriety in April 2020 and has continued to be very open about his struggles. Like his sister, he hopes that his story can not only inspire others to get help but educate people about the opioid crisis that is taking America by storm.
Kelly has also devoted herself to self-care. For most of the past decade, Kelly has been an open book regarding her body image struggles and her journey to healthy, sober living. She has also shared that she underwent a gastric sleeve surgery in 2018, which helped jump-start her current weight loss journey. But Kelly says that her current weight is also the result of hard work, dedication, and sticking to a plant-based diet.
Ozzy has had some health issues for the past few years. In 2019, he fell while he was at his home in Los Angeles, dislodging multiple metal rods that had been put into his body after a nearly-fatal ATV accident in 2003. His injuries from the fall were so bad that Ozzy was forced to cancel all of his 2019 live concerts.
To make matters worse, in January 2020, Ozzy revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Sharon says that some days are better than others, but the diagnosis meant that Ozzy would have to postpone his world tour until 2021. “We’ve all learned so much about each other again, and it’s reaffirmed how strong we are,” Kelly told reporters about her father’s condition. With the support of his family, Ozzy Osbourne is on the road to recovery!
I mean, sure, we can all say we’re “children of the Beatles.” After all, almost all of us grew up listening to their music, and at least some of us feel as though we were influenced by the Fab Four. But how many of us can say that we’re their actual children? None of us. There are, however, 16 individuals who can say that they are literally the children of The Beatles.
Most are their biological children, but a few were adopted or are their step-children. In the list below, you can not only see the unmistakable similarity between the sons and daughters and their fathers, but you can see that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. A lot of these Beatles descendent – some still young, some mature adults – are pretty talented music artists themselves.
Parents: John Lennon and Cynthia Lennon
Born: April 8, 1963
Julian was the first one to be born, who came into this world just as the Beatles were becoming massive. As a young boy, he inspired three major Beatles songs: ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘Good Night’ (written by John) and ‘Hey Jude’ (written by Paul as a way to console Julian during his parents’ divorce). After John left Cynthia for Yoko, the father and son were estranged for a while.
They reconnected in the early 70s. By that point, John took an interest in Julian’s musical interests, buying him a guitar and showing him the ropes. With time, Julian followed in his father’s footsteps. He became a musician, songwriter, actor, and photographer.
In 1984, Julian saw immediate success with his debut album “Valotte” which gave him two top 10 hits and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. But his next few albums weren’t as much of a hit. By 1991, Julian left the music business for a while. About a decade later, in 2002, he recorded a version of “When I’m Sixty-Four.”
In 2009, he founded the environmental/humanitarian charity called the White Feather Foundation, which was named after something his father once told him. Then, in 2010, for the 70th anniversary of his father’s birth, Julian opened an exhibition with 35 photographs, including his collection of Beatles memorabilia. He called it “Timeless: The Photography of Julian Lennon.”
Parents: Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox
Born: September 13, 1965
Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey had their first son, Zak, after having married earlier that same year. Although the drummer discouraged his son from ever getting involved in the highly stressful music industry, Zak couldn’t help but take an interest in his dad’s drums.
After all, his godfather Keith Moon (of The Who) gave him a drum set when he was eight. With a father and godfather-like those two, it’s no surprise the kid got into drums and rock ‘n’ roll. He got serious about it after his parents got divorced in 1975. He joined a band called the Icicle Works and then his own dad’s All-Starr Band.
Zak got his big break when he filled his godfather’s former role in the Who during the mid-90s. Not only did the band members find him to be the perfect fit for the band, but so did fans of the Who. And it’s not easy to find someone to fill the role of such a prominent rock star. Zak continued to record and tour with both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.
He also served as the third drummer for Oasis between 2004 and 2009. He handled the sticks for Johnny Marr and the Healers, too. In 1985, Zak married Sarah Menikides, and the couple gave us the first Beatle grandchild, Tatia (who is now also a musician).
Parents: Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox
Born: August 19, 1967
Two years into their marriage, Ringo and Maureen gave birth to their second son, Jason. Growing up, Jason played the unofficial role of the rebel in the family. He was seven years old when his parents divorced. Maureen got custody of both her sons and Ringo was left with visitation rights.
Like many children of divorce, Jason began acting out. He started to get into more than his share of trouble and brushes with the law. In 1987, at the age of 20, he was fined £125 for trying to steal a car stereo. He also appeared in court on drug charges a few years later.
In the end, Jason put his days of juvenile delinquency behind him and joined a series of indie bands. Like his older brother and father, Jason is also a drummer. In the mid-’80s, he played drums for bands including Buddy Curtis and the Grasshoppers, The People’s Friend, Empire Of Sponge, and even one with his brother Zak called Musty Jack Sponge and the Exploding Nudists.
But for some reason, Jason doesn’t seem too fond of his family legacy. “Being Ringo Starr’s son is the biggest drag of my life. It’s a total pain,” he once said. Jason nonetheless got involved in the music industry and worked as a road manager as well as a drummer. He’s been married to fashion designer Flora Evans since 2010, and the couple has three sons.
Parents: Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Born: August 28, 1969
Paul and Linda were already expecting Mary when they got married in 1969. You might even remember her as the little baby who was famously peeking out of Paul’s coat on the back cover of his first solo album, ‘McCartney’ (which included the photo taken by her mother). Mary is the eldest biological child of Paul and Linda.
Like her mother, Mary took an interest in photography. She eventually became a professional photographer and photo editor. She specializes in portrait and fashion photography. In 2001, she produced the TV documentary, ‘Wingspan,’ which was about her parents’ band. In the documentary, she also served as her father’s interviewer.
Mary was 29 when her mother passed away from breast cancer at the age of 56. She didn’t just get into professional photography but also became a vegetarian cookbook writer. She currently runs the photo department at her father’s company, MPL Communications. Outside of her own professional work, Mary likes to get involved in charity.
She’s a part of numerous charitable causes. In 1998, she married director and television producer Alistair Donald. In 1999, she gave birth to her dad’s first grandchild, Arthur Donald, the eldest of his eight grandchildren. Mary had another son, Elliot Donald, in 2002. In 2005, the couple divorced. By 2010, she married director, Simon Aboud. She and Aboud have two sons together.
Parents: Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox
Born: November 11, 1970
Lee arrived at a very tricky time. It was right after the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 and her parents’ relationship was really falling apart. That said, it would take another five years until Ringo and Maureen would file for divorce. In 1989, Lee got major attention when she co-starred in an Oldsmobile commercial with her father.
It was around the same time that Lee co-founded the Los Angeles boutique called Planet Alice, which specialized in popular 60s styles. But it eventually closed down, and once it did, Lee started working as a fashion designer and makeup artist.
Sadly, a year after her mother succumbed to leukemia in 1994 at the age of 48, Lee herself was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had to undergo surgeries and radiation therapy. In 2001, the tumor reappeared, and she had to be treated again. Thankfully, Lee has been in better health ever since.
She would often show up at her brothers’ gigs as well as Stella McCartney’s shows (who we’ll get to next). Lee has been in a relationship with Jay Mehler, the Kasabian/Beady Eye bassist, for a while now. In 2009, Lee gave birth to triplets – a definite first in the Beatles fam jam. She and her family live in London, which surely comes as no surprise.
Parents: Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Born: September 13, 1971
As a little girl, Stella traveled the world with her parents and their music group called Wings (along with her siblings). According to Paul, the name of the group was inspired by Stella’s difficult delivery. She was born by an emergency C-section, and Paul sat outside the operating room, praying that she be born “on the wings of an angel.”
That might have been a blessing of some sort because Stella might just be the most famous of Paul and Linda’s children. She has turned herself into a well-known name in the world of fashion. Her love for clothes and designing them came at a young age.
Stella worked her way up the ranks, getting all the way up to launching her own, self-titled clothing line in 2001. There are currently 17 Stella McCartney boutiques around the globe. In addition to raking in a number of celebrity clients (like her close friend and model Kate Moss), Stella also landed a bunch of athletes.
She designed the athletic wear for every British athlete competing in the 2012 Olympics. The following year, she became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in honor of her contributions to fashion. Stella isn’t afraid to cause a stir. She wore a shirt that read “It’s About F–king Time” when she attended her father’s induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She’s married to publisher Alasdhair Willis, and they have four children.
Parents: John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Born: October 9, 1975
John and Yoko had only one child together, and that’s Sean, who was born on his father’s 35th birthday. After the birth of his second son, John took a break from making music to stay at home. Sean proved to be an inspiration for John, which led him to write the song ‘Beautiful Boy.’
The track appeared on the 1980 comeback album ‘Double Fantasy,’ which was released right before John’s murder. Sean happens to be the Beatle child born in America. And like his talented parents, Sean became a musician himself. From childhood into his teen years, Sean collaborated with his mother, doing vocals and production on her solo albums, It’s Alright, Starpeace and Onobox.
He wrote music with Lenny Kravitz and joined Cibo Matto before getting signed to the Beastie Boys’ record label, Grand Royal. Sean released a few solo albums, recorded a handful of movie soundtracks, and collaborated with a bunch of musicians, other than his own mother. He also teamed up with the Flaming Lips, the Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr., and Mark Ronson, to name a few.
Eventually, he and his model girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, formed their own group. The avant-garde folk group called Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger released their first full-length album, ‘Midnight Sun,’ in 2014.
Fun fact: In 1984, Steve Jobs visited Manhattan and attended a party that Yoko threw for her late husband. There, Jobs gave the young Sean one of the very first Macintosh computers.
Parents: Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Born: September 12, 1977
James was named after his father who’s actual name is James Paul McCartney. James is also Paul and Linda’s only son, and he took an interest in music at an early age. And it’s not even because of his dad’s influence. The real reason? He saw the infamous scene from ‘Back to the Future’ where Marty McFly plays the guitar.
Paul quickly recognized his son’s attraction to the guitar and stepped in to give him a Stratocaster. That guitar was previously owned by Carl Perkins. James ended up contributing to a couple of his dad’s solo records (i.e., ‘Flaming Pie’ and ‘Driving Rain’), as well as playing guitar and drums.
Years later, James started venturing into his own music career. James released a couple of pop-rock Eps, which were co-produced by Paul, and then a debut album simply called ‘Me’ in 2013. But a year before that, James managed to cause a bit of a media frenzy. In 2012, he rocked the boat when he suggested that he, Sean Lennon, Zak Starkey, and Dhani Harrison (next up in the list) would start a second-generation Beatles group.
Wait, what? While James stated that he wasn’t opposed to a reincarnation of their Beatles dads, not all of the sons agreed. “I don’t think it’s something that Zak wants to do,” James commented. “Maybe Jason would want to do it. I’d be up for it. Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it. I’d be happy to do it.”
Parents: George Harrison and Olivia Harrison
Born: August 1, 1978
Dhani is George and Olivia’s only child, who got married the month after Dhani was born. Thanks to George’s activity and pursuit of Indian philosophy, he chose to name his son after the 6th and 7th notes in the Indian music scale. Who knows – maybe he was destined to be a musician.
Dhani became a professional musician when he helped Jeff Lynne complete his father’s album, ‘Brainwashed,’ after George’s death in 2001. The following year, Dhani played acoustic guitar for the “Concert for George” tribute. He joined a lineup that included Ringo and Paul. A few years later, Dhani went out on his own.
In 2006, he co-founded an indie rock group called Thenewno2. The group released a number of albums ever since. Dhani is also a member of a rock trio called Fistful of Mercy with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur. His music collaborations are pretty diverse, actually. He’s toured with Eric Clapton, appeared on the Wu-Tang Clan track “The Heart Gently Weeps,” and even joined Pearl Jam on stage several times over the years.
Dhani married Solveig “Sola” Karadottir in 2012 but divorced a few years later. They never had any children together. Apart from his musical endeavors, Dhani also took part in the Beatles video game. He was a major force behind the video game ‘The Beatles: Rock Band.’ He brought together the surviving members of the band and the game designers.
Parents: Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Born: October 28, 2003
Beatrice was born to Paul and his second wife, Heather Mills, in 2003. Beatrice Milly was reportedly named after Heather’s mother, Beatrice, as well as Paul’s Aunt Milly. Beatrice is McCartney’s youngest daughter, and his only child with Heather, whom they had when Paul was well into his 60s.
Despite their rather bitter divorce, Paul and Heather decided to share custody over their dear Beatrice. She served as the flower girl at her father’s 2011 wedding to Nancy Shevell. Word on the street is that Beatrice is a skilled saxophonist, but she doesn’t plan on pursuing a career in music. It looks like marine biology is more up her alley.
Parents: Linda McCartney and Joseph Melville See (adopted by Paul McCartney)
Born: December 31, 1962
Heather McCartney is Linda McCartney and Joseph Melville See’s daughter. But since her parents separated when she was very young, and her mother married Paul McCartney in 1969 when she was just six years old, Paul formally adopted her.
While her biological father had a lifelong influence on her, she still considers Paul to be her father. Heather has always been a lover of art. She went to an art college, where she focused on pottery and design. Later in her life, she moved to Arizona to live with her biological father, but eventually went back to England to work as a potter.
Parents: Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox (adopted by John Lennon)
Born: August 8, 1963
When John and Yoko wed in 1969, he became a stepfather to Yoko’s daughter from her previous marriage to Anthony Cox, the American film producer, and art promoter. In the early years of Yoko and John’s marriage, she and her ex-husband were involved in a custody battle over their daughter. The ordeal inspired John to write the song ‘Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow).’
The track was credited to the Plastic Ono Band, including John, Ringo, and Eric Clapton. Cox kidnapped 8-year-old Kyoko and raised her under the name Ruth Holman. He was actually a part of a religious cult named The Living Word Fellowship. Kyoko and her father left the cult in the 70s, but she and her mother didn’t reconnect until the 90s. Not much is known about Kyoko, but it’s been said that she works as a teacher and is married with two children.
Parents: Barbara Bach and Augusto Gregorini (step-daughter of Ringo Starr)
Born: August 7, 1968
She goes by Francesca, but she’s officially Countess Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini di Savignano di Romagna. Yeah, say that three times in a row. Francesca is the daughter of Barbara Bach and Count Augusto Gregorini, but she later became the step-daughter of Ringo Starr.
She’s an Italian-American director and writer. Bach’s oldest child, Francesca, grew up in Rome and America before she moved to England after her mother married Ringo. She dabbled a bit in music before gaining attention as a filmmaker. She made an indie film in 2013 called ‘The Truth About Emanuel. Gregorini was also famous for her relationship with Portia de Rossi (pre-Ellen).
Parents: Barbara Bach and Augusto Gregorini (step-son of Ringo Starr)
Born: April 6, 1972
Ringo has another step-child – Francesca’s brother – from his marriage to Barbara Bach. Gianni was born four years after Francesca. When Gianni was a little boy, he served as a pageboy at his mother’s wedding to Ringo. When he grew up, he started working for his father in Italy, but he then moved to Los Angeles, where he became a businessman.
There isn’t a lot about Gianni on the internet. So as much as I would like to give at least a little bit of juicy information, I can’t. But what I will say is that he and his sister (and the rest of these kids for that matter) were born into a very lucky situation!
Parents: Nancy Shevell and Bruce Blakeman (step-son of Paul McCartney)
Born: December 3, 1991
When Paul married his third wife, Nancy, in 2011, he added yet another kid to his brood. I mean, at this point, why not, right? So Paul became a step-dad to Arlen Blakeman, Nancy’s son from her marriage to lawyer Bruce Blakeman. Arlen was a teenager when he gave his mother away to Paul at their wedding ceremony.
Arlen graduated from college in 2015. He’s now in New York City, reportedly doing a law internship. Like some of the other Beatles kids on this list, Arlen seems to have chosen to stay out of the limelight. It’s for the best, though.
John Denver brought folk music to a higher level during the 1970s and inspired generations to come. His manager once said, “If you give Elvis the ’50s and the Beatles the ’60s, I think you’ve got to give John Denver the ’70s.” His picturesque lyrics, rising vocals, and acoustic guitar sets were a pleasant escape from the times. Songs like Rocky Mountain High or Country Roads and Sunshine on My Shoulder were the kind of tunes that separated Denver from the rest.
But like too many other musicians, Denver’s life came to an abrupt end. And it wasn’t the result of drugs or alcohol. His life came to a tragic end when an experimental plane that he was flying crashed into the Pacific Ocean. While some have debated whether or not the crash was intentional, his passing shocked the nation.
This is the rise and sudden fall of John Denver…
He was born in Roswell, New Mexico, as Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. on December 31, 1943. His interest in airplanes stemmed directly from his father, who was a United States Air Force pilot and flying instructor.
Denver learned how to fly at a young age through his father, and it was a passion he held on to his whole life. During the late 1940s and ‘50s, his family moved around a lot – to Oklahoma, Arizona, Alabama, and Texas – which wasn’t easy on the boy.
When he turned 11, Denver got a 1910 Gibson acoustic guitar as a gift from his grandmother. The guitar was his one constant in his unstable upbringing. Since Denver never really knew where his home was, he found safety in nature and the outdoors. He once said in an interview: “When I was a child, I felt like I didn’t have a lot of friends. My father was in the Air Force.
We moved around a great deal, and I used to go out into the desert, or I’d climb up into a tree or I’d be up in the mountains, just anywhere that I could get out in nature.”
By the time he reached college, Denver had grown more comfortable and started to perform acoustic guitar at local venues. In 1961, he went to Texas Tech University (known as Texas Technical College at the time). Denver dropped out of college to make it in the music business. In 1964, he moved to Los Angeles.
There, he began performing at Leadbetter’s night club, where he met Randy Sparks, the founder of the folk group The New Christy Minstrels. Sparks told him that his last name, Deutschendorf, wasn’t going to help his career.
And so, he became John Denver. Why Denver? Well, apparently, it was the capital of his favorite state Colorado. Not only was it the place his family finally settled in, but Colorado also has a strong association with mountains and nature – something he enjoyed singing about. The name clearly worked for him as a stage name that people easily remembered.
By 1965, Denver was in New York City and won a gig competing against 250 other candidates for the Chad Mitchell Trio, but he only caught his big break in 1967 when he ended up replacing Chad Mitchell himself. The trio became “Denver, Boise, and Johnson.”
Speaking of trios, folk group Peter, Paul and Mary recorded a song that Denver wrote: Leaving on a Jet Plane. The song was a hit, and Denver’s appeal skyrocketed. Music industry executives wanted Denver. By 1969, Denver had already left his trio to pursue a solo career. In October of that year, his first album was released with RCA Records: Rhymes & Reasons.
On the album was his very own rendition of Leaving on a Jet Plane. From the late ‘60s into the mid-‘70s, Denver made and released six albums. Four of them were commercial successes. The songs Take Me Home, Country Roads, Rocky Mountain High, and Thank God I’m A Country Boy put him on the map. His tune Rocky Mountain High became the state song of Colorado.
Denver’s popularity grew so much that sooner than later, he was playing sold-out shows at stadiums across the United States. It was around this time that, after a concert in Minnesota, he met Annie Martell – his future wife. The couple married, and she became the subject of his famous hit Annie’s Song.
He apparently composed the track in 10 minutes as he sat on a Colorado ski lift after the two had had an argument. In 1971, Denver released his fourth studio album called Poems, Prayers, and Promises. Take Me Home, Country Roads was his first million-selling single. It marked the beginning of a prolific streak of hits that lasted through the ‘70s.
The song’s success was partly due to the efforts of his new manager, future Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub. Weintraub signed Denver in 1970 and insisted on re-issuing the track and getting a radio-airplay campaign, which started in Denver, Colorado. His career flourished from that point on.
By 1972, he made his first Top 10 album with Rocky Mountain High, with the title track reaching the Top 10. Between 1974 and 1975, Denver was known as a prolific musician, dominating the charts with three No. 1 albums and four No. 1 songs. His album, John Denver’s Greatest Hits, turned into one of the highest-selling albums in the history of the RCA label. Over 10 million sales were counted.
But despite his popularity, some people saw John Denver as a lightweight folk singer. The musician also had a specific style that might not have appealed to most Americans. During the 1970s, his onstage appearance involved the long blond-haired singer wearing his “granny” glasses. His embroidered shirts had images commonly associated with the American West.
Denver appeared on many TV shows. He had a seasonal special, called the Rocky Mountain Christmas special, which was viewed by over 60 million people and became the highest-rated ABC show at that time. By 1982, Denver had ended his business relationship with Weintraub due to the manager’s focus on other projects. He reportedly kicked Denver out of his office and even accused him of being a Nazi.
Denver later wrote in his autobiography: “I’d bend my principles to support something he wanted of me. And of course, every time you bend your principles – whether because you don’t want to worry about it, or because you’re afraid to stand up for fear of what you might lose – you sell your soul to the devil.”
When one door closes, another one opens. Denver entered into a lifelong relationship with Jim Henson once he started getting involved in The Muppet Show as a guest on the series. Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Denver hosted the Grammy Awards five times and guest-hosted The Tonight Show a few times.
It was in the mid-‘70s that Denver became outspoken in politics. In 1977, he co-founded The Hunger Project. He expressed ecologic interests in his 1975 song Calypso – an ode to the exploration ship once used by environmental activist Jacques Cousteau. In 1976, he helped campaign for Jimmy Carter, who became one of his close friends and allies.
As the ‘70s came to an end, he devoted himself more to humanitarian causes like wildlife, land conservation, hunger, and helping NASA explore space. It was as though he realized that he was past his musical peak and needed to move on to bigger and more important things. Denver and his first wife, Annie, lived in Edina, Minnesota, from 1968 to 1971.
After the success of Rocky Mountain High, Denver bought a place in Aspen, Colorado – where he lived until his death. The Denvers adopted a boy they named Zachary John and a girl named Anna Kate. Denver once said that the best thing about him was the fact that he was “some guy’s dad; I’m some little gal’s dad.”
“When I die, Zachary John and Anna Kate’s father, boy, that’s enough for me to be remembered by.” The song A Baby Just Like You is about little Zachary, although he actually wrote it for Frank Sinatra.
By 1982, Denver and Martell had divorced. He said his career demands drove them apart. But, according to Annie, they were simply too young and immature to deal with his sudden success. Following their property settlement, Denver allegedly became abusive. He reportedly used a chainsaw to literally cut their bed in half.
In 1988, Denver married Australian actress Cassandra Delaney after dating her for two years. The couple lived in Denver’s home in Aspen, and they had a daughter together named Jesse Belle. Three years later, they were separated. By 1993, they were divorced. Of his marriage to Delaney, Denver recalled that “before our short-lived marriage ended in divorce, she managed to make a fool of me from one end of the valley to the other.”
Denver may have been a laid-back musician making music about the mountains, but he faced some legal trouble in the early ‘90s. In 1993, he pleaded guilty to a drinking and driving charge. After that, he was placed on probation.
The next year, while still on probation, he was charged again. This time, with misdemeanor driving – also under the influence – after crashing his Porsche into a tree in Aspen. His case even went to a jury trial. In 1997, the trial resulted in a hung jury on the second DUI charge.
Prosecutors later reopened the case, only to close it after Denver’s death in October 1997. In 1996, the FAA concluded that Denver would no longer be allowed to fly a plane. The decision was made as a result of his failure to abstain from alcohol. And it would come to be a major factor in his death…
On October 12, 1997, Denver was test flying an experimental plane that he had recently bought from a man in Santa Maria. He was practicing a number of touch-and-go landings that afternoon before taking the plane out for a spin over Monterey Bay in California. But his “test ride” turned out to be his last. He was only 53 years old.
Less than half an hour into the flight, the plane nosedived into the water. Search, and rescue crews that called onto the scene found Denver floating near the plane’s debris. It was later confirmed that the impact of the crash meant his death was instantaneous.
While his death was certain, the reason why was left up for debate. There were many unresolved questions … There are a few factors that led to the crash and, consequently, to Denver’s death. The first issue was that Denver had neglected to refuel the plane.
He might have believed that there was enough fuel for a short spin, but the design of the aircraft required the pilot to un-buckle and turn around completely to switch the secondary fuel tank valve.
Denver apparently turned down the offer to refuel, insisting that he would use autopilot to keep the plane level while moving to turn the fuel selector valve. Experts believe that while doing that, he likely extended his foot onto the right rudder pedal, creating a downward turn.
A representative from the National Transportation Safety Board said Denver didn’t give any emergency indication when he radioed into the Monterey airport control tower – a routine transmission – mere seconds before the crash.
Denver had radioed the tower to say that he was adjusting his transponder, a device that signals to the tower in order for air traffic controllers to see an aircraft on their screens. “He was sending the transponder signal,” George Petterson, a safety board investigator, said. He then revealed what John Denver’s last words were: “Do you have it now?”
By the time they saw it on the screen, they had tried to call Denver back, but his signal vanished at 1728 hours (5:28 p.m.). “There had been no indication of any trouble.” Witnesses saw that Denver’s plane was flying 500 feet above the water when it suddenly plummeted down.
It then disintegrated on impact, 200 yards off Point Pinos. According to veteran pilots of the same kind of plane, the crash could have resulted from a number of factors considering that the plane is so fast, light and unusual.
Some said that if the front wing had broken away, the small plane would have lost its stability and fallen right out of the sky. A veteran Long-EZ pilot said Denver could have been so distracted by setting his radar systems properly that he didn’t even notice the plane heading toward the sea. As it turns out, Denver’s experimental plane was anything but safe and reliable.
Canard Aviators, a group of home-built aircraft enthusiasts, stated that the Long-EZ aircraft (the one Denver was flying) had suffered 61 accidents (reported to the safety board) between 1983 and 1996. Of those 61, 19 of them involved fatalities.
Experts on the Long-EZ say the plane isn’t made by any single manufacturer. Instead, people buy plans and build the plane themselves – out of Styrofoam, fiberglass, and metal. With its rear propeller and front wing, it can cruise at nearly 200 mph.
Experts assume that Denver bought the plane on the used-plane market. It was later discovered that Denver’s plane was designed by Elbert “Burt” Rutan, a man best known for the long-winged Voyager, which was the first airplane to fly around the world without refueling.
It’s unclear whether Denver knew any of this information concerning the plane’s record, but what is pretty clear is that he expected to return shortly. Before boarding his nearly 10-year-old plane, Denver told people at the airport that he had enough fuel for an hour or so in the air.
He even left his Porsche in the parking lot with its top-down, seemingly expecting to return after a brief amount of time. Coast Guard officials described Denver’s body as “badly mangled.” It was identified through fingerprints on file in Colorado.
A memorial service was then set for Aspen. Much of the nation wept at the news of John Denver’s death. President Clinton himself said in a statement: “His soaring music evoked the grandeur of our landscape and the simple warmth of human love.”
Denver’s spokesman, Paul Shefrin, said the singer had been flying for over 20 years and also owned a Lear Jet in addition to the Long- EZ. Denver had yet another plane – a two-seater, high- performance Christen Eagle. It was sitting in the hangar at the Monterey airport.
Denver was clearly an enthusiast, but due to his record for driving under the influence, his piloting license was an issue. Of course, he was not legally permitted to fly. But, despite his record, autopsy reports indicated that he had not been drinking on the day of the crash.
Although he was sober that day, theories were floating around regarding the purpose of the flight. The popular theory is that Denver deliberately crashed the plane. Why? The idea is that he was severely depressed and was looking for the right way to call it a day.
Upon hearing of Denver’s death, the governor of Colorado called for all state flags to be lowered to half-mast – in recognition and appreciation of his achievements.
The state of Colorado also built a bronze statue in his honor, located at Red Rocks Amphitheater. On the anniversary of Denver’s death, Aspen holds a week-long John Denver celebration with live music, tours of his home, and old radio broadcasts.
Denver left behind a legacy. By the time of his death, he had recorded and released around 300 songs, 200 of them he composed himself. He achieved over 33 million record sales worldwide. In 1996, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Unfortunately, Denver wasn’t the only musician whose untimely death was the result of a plane crash. Take the story of Otis Redding, for example…
Somewhere between screaming fans and jetting around the world, some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic musicians found time to get married. While rockers don’t have the best track record when it comes to long-lasting marriages, it’s safe to say that their weddings are seriously cool.
Whether they get hitched after knowing each other for 96 hours (we’re looking at you, Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson!), wear colorful wedding dresses, or have chic ceremonies complete with hundreds of screaming girls outside, a rock ‘n’ roll wedding is definitely the party of a lifetime. So let’s take a journey through time and look at some of the most iconic rocker relationships and weddings ever!
Long before she went to “California” to look for “Love from Both Sides,” she was just Joni Anderson, living and performing in Toronto. That’s where the 22-year-old folk queen met Chuck Mitchell, an American guitarist, and singer, who proposed to her less than 36 hours after their first encounter. The two lovebirds tied the knot in June 1965, in Chuck’s parents’ home outside of Detroit.
“We had no money,” Joni told author Mark Bego. Joni played acoustic guitar for her guests, while they all sat under a shady tree in her in-laws’ backyard. The couple eventually moved to New York, but their marriage didn’t last very long. Two years after their laid-back, idyllic wedding, Chuck and Joni went their separate ways.
Although George Harrison was known as the “quiet Beatle,” he wasn’t so quiet when it came to matters of the heart. Harrison asked 19-year-old Pattie Boyd to marry him the day that he met her. She obviously (well, not so obvious, we’re talking about rock stars here), turned him down but agreed to go on a date with him.
The two fell in love and married in January 1966 at the Epsom town hall in Surrey, England. “I bought a Mary Quant pinky-red shot-silk dress, which came to just above the knee, and I wore it with creamy stockings and pointy red shoes,” Boyd wrote in her 2007 memoir. Unfortunately, Harrison had many extra-marital affairs, which led to the couple’s divorce in 1974.
King of Rock, Elvis Presley, married his queen, Priscilla Beaulieu, in May 1967. Presley flew the entire wedding party out to Las Vegas on Frank Sinatra’s private plane in the middle of the night, with the remaining 100 wedding guests arriving on a separate plane. The couple said “I do” at the Aladdin Hotel, which had been specially decorated with candles and flowers.
The rock ‘n’ roll couple not only had a wild reception in Vegas but a second reception in Tennessee for those who couldn’t make the trip. Like many couples on this list, the Presleys’ marriage didn’t survive. After Priscilla confessed her infidelity to Elvis, the couple separated in 1972, and Elvis filed for divorce on his 38th birthday the following year.
Johnny Cash proposed to his long-time love June Cater multiple times, but she refused him each time. It wasn’t until Cash popped the question during a performance in front of 7,000 screaming fans that Carter finally agreed. Within weeks of his very public 1968 proposal, the couple officially tied the knot.
Even though the couple remained together until Carter’s death in 2003, their marriage was far from easy. As many people know, Cash struggled with addiction. It affected every part of his life, including his relationship with Carter, and it almost killed him at one point. But Carter’s love for Cash ran deep, and she stood by his side through it all.
Paul McCartney tried to have a private wedding with his long-time love, Linda Eastman, but that was just out of the question for the Beatles’ star. The couple was swarmed with excited fans during their March 1969 courthouse ceremony. After quickly exchanging, “I dos,” the bridal party made their way to the St. John’s Wood Church in London for a more formal wedding.
“We were crazy,” McCartney told author Barry Miles. “We had a big argument the night before we got married, and it was nearly called off. We were very up and down, quite funky compared to the eventual image of ‘Twenty-five years of married bliss’!” Well, McCartney and Eastman seemed to have found true love, and the union lasted up until Eastman’s death in 1999.
Whether you love her or hate her, John Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono was one for the books. The pair wed in Gibraltar in March 1969 during a 10-minute ceremony. The event was much more private than Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman’s wedding, which took place the week before. “It was beautiful,” Lennon said in The Beatles’ Anthology documentary.
The couple was married at the Pillar of Hercules, also known as the End of the World. “They thought the world outside was a mystery from there, so it was like the Gateway to the World. So, we liked it in the symbolic sense.” The pair remained married until Lennon’s murder in 1980.
Just before Mick Jagger’s first child Karis was born, he fell in love with Bianca Perez-Mora Macias. The pair met at a Rolling Stones concert after-party in France. Less than a year later, in May 1971, Bianca officially became a Jagger after marrying the rock ‘n’ roll singer in St. Tropez, France. Six months after the wedding, Bianca gave birth to the couple’s only child, Jade.
But, as we all know, the couple’s marriage didn’t last. Mick had a long-standing affair with Playboy model Bebe Buell, and Bianca filed for divorce in 1978. However, it seems that Bianca was the only woman to really take a piece of his heart. While Mick went on to have many (failed) relationships, Bianca remains the only woman he married.
The story goes that Carly Simon saw a picture of James Taylor’s TIME magazine cover and said, “I’m gonna marry that man.” Well, as fate would have it, she did. The two lovebirds met in her dressing room in 1971, but Taylor was in a relationship with singer Joni Mitchell at the time. The two called it quits later that year, and Simon finally got her wish.
The couple tied the knot in November 1972 and went on to have two children. But while it may seem like happily ever after, the couple had a very tumultuous relationship. Taylor struggled with drug addiction, and, according to Simon’s memoir, he was “seeing a few other women.” The fan-favorite couple divorced in 1983.
Carole King and Gerry Goffin were a match made in heaven. Well, it seemed that way, didn’t it? The song-writing dream team wrote more than 50 Top 40 hits, including Take Good Care of My Baby, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, and the mega-hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
It didn’t take too long for the collaborators’ relationship to turn into a whirlwind love affair (serving as the inspiration for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). King and Goffin tied the knot in August 1959, but they didn’t live happily ever after. The marriage only lasted for a decade, due to Goffin’s infidelity. However, they continued to write together.
The ink wasn’t even dry on Cher’s divorce papers from Sonny Bono, but she didn’t care. Three days after her divorce was finalized, Cher was en route to Las Vegas to marry rocker, Gregg Allman. The pair married in June 1975, but only nine days after the wedding, Cher changed her mind. She filed for divorce reportedly because of Allman’s issues with addiction.
The southern rocker took the news hard, sobered up, and won Cher back within a month. The couple was on the verge of divorce right before their son Elijah was born in 1976. Sadly, this wasn’t enough to save the couple’s troubled marriage. Cher and Allman’s relationship ended in a messy divorce in January 1979.
During the late 1960s, singer Eric Clapton became close friends with George Harrison. The two began to write and record music together, and, before long, Clapton became infatuated with Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd. Clapton even tried dating Boyd’s sister Paula but couldn’t get Boyd out of his head.
His 1970 hit Layla was inspired by his love for his best friend’s wife. Clapton began to pursue Boyd in 1974, with her eventually agreeing to leave her husband. The couple wed five years later, and Harrison even attended. Like many rock couples, Boyd and Clapton’s marriage didn’t pass the test of time. After nine years of marriage, the couple officially divorced in 1988.
Ringo Starr first met American actress (and Bond girl) Barbara Bach on the set of the film Caveman in 1980. It didn’t take long for the couple to fall in love, and they were married the following year. The wedding reception was the first time that the surviving members of the Beatles were together since their break up in 1969.
While the couple went through a few rough patches, mainly due to Starr’s drinking problem, the couple is still together today. “I think I love Barbara as much [today] as I did [when we met],” Starr told reporters from People Magazine. “I’m beyond blessed that she loves me, and we’re still together.” The couple split their time between their homes in Los Angeles, Surrey, and Monte Carlo.
Sharon Osbourne (then Sharon Levy) met her husband-to-be, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was she was 18 years old. Sharon was working for her father, Don Arden, who was the band’s manager at the time. But when Ozzy was fired in 1979, she defied her father by dating the singer and managing his solo career.
Fast forward to July 1982, and the two were officially married in an intimate ceremony in Maui. Despite the couple’s rocky and very public marital problems, the couple is still going strong. Ozzy completed an intense rehabilitation program, and the couple renewed their vows in a private Vegas wedding chapel in 2017. “It was just for us,” Sharon told Hello Magazine. “I didn’t want lots of people there, making it into a big old party.”
Model Bobbie Brown first met rocker Jani Lane on the set of his band’s music video for Cherry Pie. The couple quickly fell in love, officially tying the knot in July 1991. While the ceremony was intimate and her dress was beautiful, the relati9onship didn’t last long. In 1993, a year after the couple welcomed their daughter, Taylar Jayne Lane, the couple divorced.
After her divorce from Lane, Brown went on to date and get engaged to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. The couple broke up in February 1995, just four days before Lee married Pamela Anderson in Mexico. As for Lane, he married and divorced Rowanne Brewer before passing away from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
No one rocks Sting’s world quite like his wife of 28 years, Trudie Styler. The couple married in August 1992 at the couple’s mansion in Wiltshire, England. Styler wore a satin Versace gown and rode into the wedding on horseback. The couple and their 25 guests danced the night away with the Troggs, as well as an impromptu performance by Sting’s former band, The Police.
The wedding was definitely one for the books, and the couple is still going strong. Their secret? Being best friends. “Love is passion and all of that stuff, but actually liking somebody and enjoying someone’s company is something slightly different, and it lasts longer,” Sting told People Magazine.
You can’t get more rock ‘n’ roll than Gwen Stefani’s custom pink and white Dior gown and veil, designed by John Galliano. In September 2002, the No Doubt singer married rocker Gavin Rossdale at St. Paul’s Covent Garden in London. The couple first met in 1995 when No Doubt and Rossdale’s band, Bush, were on tour together.
Before long, the couple were inseparable and caught up in the midst of a whirlwind romance. Sadly, their love just wasn’t enough. In 2015, Stefani filed for divorce, which was finalized the following year. That same year, the songstress ruffled some feathers when she announced her relationship with country singer Blake Shelton. Rossdale was reportedly so hurt and embarrassed that he and Stefani can no longer be in the same room together.
Elton John first met David Furnish in October 1993. “I wanted to meet new people so I rang up a friend in London and said, ‘Could you please rattle some new people together for dinner here Saturday?’” John told reporters from Parade magazine in 2010. Furnish unexcitedly agreed to tag along with a friend who was invited to John’s dinner party.
But Furnish’s expectations were definitely exceeded when he met John. Although the couple has been together ever since (and John proposed back in 2005), the couple couldn’t formally marry until England legalized same-sex marriage. When the law was passed in 2014, the two lovebirds formally wed in December. The wedding was the party of the decade.
Quirky fashion designer Betsey Johnson quickly rose to the top of the avant-garde scene in the ‘60s. She was part of Andy Warhol’s in-crowd, which led to a whirlwind romance with Velvet Underground’s John Cale. In 1968, after less than a year of dating, the pair decided to get hitched at City Hall in Manhattan. Johnson went against the grain and wore a bright red pantsuit.
Unfortunately, the justice turned the bride away from her own wedding! Remember, this is the ’60s we’re talking about. It was before women were allowed to wear pants in formal settings. Johnson was forced to either delay her wedding or change into something more “feminine.” So what did she do? She returned to City Hall with the shortest miniskirt she could find.
David Bowie and Iman first met at a dinner party in 1990. The model, who had just retired, was actually introduced to the singer by her hairdresser. The meeting was love at first sight for Bowie. “My attraction to her was immediate and all-encompassing,” the singer told Hello Magazine in 2000. “I couldn’t sleep for the excitement of our first date.”
Bowie proposed in Paris, and the two tied the knot on the first of April 1992, with an intimate ceremony in Switzerland. The union was solemnized a few months later in Florence, Italy, where it rained! “They said, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t complain, you’re going to be married for 50 years, it’s going to be happy.’ And they were right,” Iman said in 2012.
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain officially met while partying the night away at a club in Seattle in 1990, but Love had her eyes set on the Nirvana frontman since seeing him perform the year before. “I was determined to be a bachelor for a few months,” Cobain told author Michael Azerrad.
“But I knew I liked Courtney so much right away that it was a really hard struggle to stay away from her for so many months.” Not long after the couple made their relationship official, Cobain proposed, and the two got married in front of their eight guests on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii in February 1992. The singer famously wore his pajamas to the ceremony, while Love wore a white satin and lace gown.
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and Baywatch Star Pamela Anderson married in 1995 after knowing each other for just four days. The two met at a club in Los Angeles, but because of their busy schedules, Lee and Anderson didn’t have time for a date. So Lee decided to fly down to Cancun, Mexico, where Anderson had a modeling gig.
The lovebirds tied the knot on the beach, with Anderson wearing a bikini (because why not?). The actress’s mom didn’t know about the wedding and reportedly found out when she picked up a copy of People magazine. Lee and Anderson’s relationship was turbulent and even violent at times. Shortly after Lee was sentenced to jail for assaulting Anderson in 1998, the two divorced.
To describe Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher’s relationship as “on-again, off-again” would be an understatement. For 12 years, the couple dated, broke up, were engaged to other people, got back together, got married (instead of breaking up), divorced, and then continued to date. Whew! That was a mouthful! The two were like magnets. No matter what they did, nothing could keep them apart.
When Simon and Fisher decided to tie the knot, the entire process reportedly made them fall back in love again. However, the issues that doomed the relationship before the wedding came bubbling to the surface after the excitement faded. The couple soon began fighting, and a year after their 1983 wedding, the pair were already divorced.
After failed relationships with Cher and then Diana Ross, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons finally met his match when he started dating Shannon Tweed in 1983. Surprisingly enough, Simmons didn’t marry the former Playmate until October 2011. The rocker often joked that he and Tweed were “happily unmarried” for 28 years.
He also told reporters on many occasions that “Marriage is an institution, and I don’t want to live in an institution.” Well, something changed, because Simmons popped the question in the family’s reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Although the couple had their fair share of ups and downs, they officially tied the knot in front of their 400 guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
While looking at all of these weddings was fun, there’s one iconic relationship that deserves more coverage, and that’s Bianca and Mick Jagger. Let’s take a look!
In Hollywood, marriages tend to end as quickly as they start. Unfortunately, things aren’t much better in the music world. We have all heard the term “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll,” and rock stars fit into that stereotype quite well. Musicians are known for drinking, partying, and, most notably, sleeping with a lot of women. Some of the most successful rock stars haven’t found success in their marriages.
The rock star lifestyle and marriage don’t exactly mix. Don’t get me wrong; some of these performers defy all expectations and stay with their soul mate forever, but sadly, that’s pretty rare. A lot of the time, musicians keep it in the entertainment industry and end up with models or actresses. But sometimes, they marry their high school sweethearts. Check out your favorite rock stars’ wives, and see what they are up to today.
Without further ado, let’s see how many of these couples are still together now.
Jerry Hall was a model back in 1990 when she married The Rolling Stones frontman. The Hollywood duo knew how to party and was frequently seen rocking studio 54. In the rock world, they were the golden couple, or as you’d call it today, “#CoupleGoals.” However, Jerry was actually the rock star’s second wife; he was previously married to Bianca Jagger, but they split up after seven years.
Back in the ’70s, the gorgeous blonde was one of the most successful models in the industry. She was at the height of her career, and her face was on the cover of every big magazine when she met Jagger in 1977. Jagger was still married to his first wife when he started dating the model. In my humble opinion, this isn’t the best way to start a relationship.
During their marriage, Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger had four children together. Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly), the marriage was later annulled. One of their daughters, Georgia May Jagger, was born in 1992 and has made a name for herself in the industry. Just like her mama, she is pursuing a modeling career.
Since Hall and Jagger called it quits, the former model got a few theater stints before making her way to reality television. As for her love life, Hall began dating media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, in 2014, and the pair tied the knot two years later in 2016. She is now 63 years old and seems to be incredibly happy with her new man.
In the early ’70s – before meeting her future rock star husband – Alana Hamilton was making a name for herself in the entertainment industry and was focusing on her acting career. What may surprise you is that Rod Stewart, the British singer with a sexy voice, wasn’t the aspiring actress’s first choice.
Alana was previously married to actor George Hamilton before she even met the rocker. For Stewart, Hamilton was his first wife but certainly not his last. She was the first of three wives. The former model tied the knot with Rod Stewart in 1979, but it wasn’t meant to last forever. By 1984, the couple went their separate ways.
Alana Hamilton was born Alana Collins. She did, however, choose to keep the name from her first marriage. She continued to go by Alana Hamilton Stewart. Before their split, Alana and Stewart welcomed two children into the world, a son Sean and a daughter Kimberly. Kimberly is a model and television personality, and Sean tries to stay away from the limelight.
After the divorce was finalized, the actress landed a few television stints. For example: in 2003, she was featured on ABC’s ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.’ She later appeared on another reality show called ‘Celebrity Wife Swap,’ along with her ex-husband George Hamilton.
We can’t write any rock star list without including at least one member from the greatest and most influential rock bands in history. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the Beatles. The legendary drummer of the group is one and only Ringo Starr. Like many other celebrities, he got married more than once, but we are going to talk about his second wife.
For his second (and final) walk down the aisle, the musician tied the knot with the former stunning Bond Girl, Barbara Bach. Bach was also working as an actress and model. She actually met Starr on the set of the film ‘Caveman.’ The famous pair got married in 1981 and stayed together for over three decades.
As we know, most Hollywood couples can’t stand the test of time, but I’m happy to report that this dynamic duo is still going strong. After 31 happy years together, Barbara and Ringo couldn’t be more in love. Bach joined her husband on tour, and she even appeared in some of the Beatles music videos.
They don’t have any children together, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a warm family. Bach actually has two children from a previous marriage, a daughter named Francesca and a son named Gianni. The happy pair live in Cranleigh, and reportedly, they both practice vegetarianism. Bach is also fluent in Italian and learning Spanish and French.
From one Beatle to the next. Unfortunately, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills didn’t have a fairy tale ending like Starr and Bach. Paul tragically lost his first wife, Linda, when she died of breast cancer. Just two years later, the Beatle met his second wife, Heather Mills.
Mills was a gorgeous businesswoman and a busy activist. The former model and the rock star began dating in 2000 and were married by 2002. In 2003, Mills gave birth to their daughter Beatrice. Everything looked picture perfect on the outside, but that was far from reality. A seemingly beautiful marriage eventually ended in a messy divorce.
After a rocky marriage and a very public and ugly separation process, the pair finally finalized their divorce in 2008. The former British model was awarded an astonishing $50 million of her ex-husband’s hard-earned money. But I guess that’s just how messy divorces work.
Needless to say, Mills wasn’t portrayed in the most positive light in the media… and for a good reason. She blamed the divorce on Paul’s daughter (and her stepdaughter), Stella, calling her “jealous” and “evil.” Yikes! I thought Stepmother’s rivalries were reserved for fairy tales. Like many other celebrity ex-wives, Mills made her way to reality TV and is now living a vegan lifestyle
Okay, if you want a happy rock ‘n’ roll ending, you’ll appreciate this love story. In 1989, Bon Jovi tied the knot with his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, at a secret wedding in Las Vegas. I think that’s a fancy way of saying that they eloped. High School sweethearts have such an innocent connection, but they don’t usually stay together.
It’s pretty rare to marry your high school prom date, but if the relationship does last, it tends to make for a heartwarming story. Bon Jovi did take a break from his long-time girlfriend for a while and was in some high profile relationships. Most notably with actress Diane Lane. Eventually, Jovi and Dorothea found their way back to each other.
When they got married, the couple didn’t even have wedding bands. However, weddings aren’t all about fancy rings and dresses; they are about love. Jovi and Dorothea proved that love conquers all and have been happily married for more than three decades. That’s a lifetime for musicians.
The couple even created a beautiful family and have four children together, Stephanie, Jesse, Jacob, and Romeo. You probably would have never guessed by Dorothea is actually a karate instructor, which is pretty cool. Even though the rock star spends a lot of time on the road, his incredible wife can hold down the fort. The family manages to lead wonderful and balanced lives.
Richie Sambora will always be remembered as the lead guitarist of the Bon Jovi Band for over 30 years. Aside from being a member of the iconic 80s rock band, Sambora is also known for being married to one of the most beautiful starlets in Hollywood, actress Heather Locklear.
After Locklear split up with another legendary rock star, Mötley Crüe’s drummer Tommy Lee, she moved on to another popular musician. In 1994, one year after her divorce, Locklear walked down the aisle with Sambora. In 1997, the couple welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world named Ava. As rock star relationships tend to go, this union didn’t last.
The gorgeous actress and the guitarist weren’t a match made in heaven. In 2007, Locklear cited irreconcilable differences after filing for divorce. Their daughter Ava Sambora is 22 years old now, and she is an aspiring actress following in mother’s footsteps. She is doing pretty well and is already making a name for herself in the industry.
After the divorce was finalized, Locklear put all her energy into her acting career. She landed a couple of television gigs, including a recurring part on Melrose Place in 2009. If you were a Disney fan, you probably remember the actress’s guest appearance on a Hannah Montana episode, where she played Lilly’s mom.
Speaking of rock ‘n’ roll bad boy Tommy Lee (Heather Locklear’s first husband), it didn’t take him long to move on and marry his third wife, Bay Watch beauty Pamela Anderson. These crazy kids got married just four days after meeting each other… which is nuts! My parents would kill me if I tried to pull a stunt like that.
The rocker married the blonde sex symbol in a beautiful beach ceremony in 1995. They didn’t spend a lot of time finding a dress, though. The bride wore a bikini to her wedding, which seems fitting. I mean, it wouldn’t be appropriate if I showed up to my wedding in a bathing suit. But this is Pamela Anderson we’re talking about.
As you might have guessed, the relationship didn’t last. Maybe wearing a bikini for your wedding is bad luck. The Hollywood power couple called it quits in 1998 after having two kids together, Brandon and Dylan. If you are interested in reality TV, Brandon is the main character on ‘The Hills’ reboot, ‘The Hills: New Beginnings.’ His mom even makes an appearance in a couple of episodes.
The couple did attempt to rekindle their romance, but the spark was gone. Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it work and officially split in 2008. Anderson played in the 2017 ‘Baywatch’ movie, and her latest movie, she was Jessica Fox, in ‘Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon.’
Everyone loves Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler. The performer is known for having his share of ladies throughout his career. The musician once had a short-lived romance with ex-model, Bebe Buell. Buell happens to be the mother of his now-famous actress daughter, Liv Tylor.
In 1987, Tyler’s first marriage to Cyinda Foxe was over. It didn’t take him long to get married yet again in 1988; this time to fashion designer Teresa Barrick. The couple seemed to have had a good relationship. They even started a family and welcomed two children, a boy named Taj and a girl named Chelsea. But, they didn’t have the fairy tale ending they were hoping for.
In 2005, after 17 wonderful years together, Tyler and Barrick separated. The couple seems to have remained on good terms. Although she was mainly known for being the wife of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, she was much more than that; she was a successful woman in her own right.
Even though her relationship with Tyler is something of the past, Teresa still has a good relationship with the band. She has been designing their costumes since the 90s. There have been rumors about the rock star cheating on his wife, and they aren’t hard to believe considering Tyler’s reputation. It should be noted that these reports were never confirmed.
Jani Lane is the extremely talented lyricist and frontman of the heavy metal band. Bobbie Brown was a former beauty pageant winner and an aspiring model. It appears as though they don’t have much in common, and that made them one of the most intriguing musical couples of the early nineties.
The unlikely duo met for the first time when Bobbie was on the set of the band’s music video, Cherry Pie. By 1991, they got married. On January 17th, 1992, the couple brought a baby into the world- Taylar Jayne Lane, their only daughter together. Unfortunately, this pairing wasn’t meant to last forever.
Sadly, Jani and Bobbie split up after only two years of marriage. Following their divorce in 1993, Brown got engaged to yet another rock star- Tommy Lee, the drummer for Mötley Crüe. I guess it’s safe to say she has a type. Sadly, they didn’t have a fairy tale ending either; the two called it quits in 1995.
Brown returned to the spotlight in 2012 when she appeared on the reality TV show, Ex-Wives of Rock. She also released her autobiography titles, Dirty Rocker Boys: Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip. Speaking of her specific type of men, the former Miss Teen USA has been in a relationship with Joy Island band member, Joshua Bissel, since 2014. On August 11, 2011, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that Lane was found dead of acute alcohol poisoning at a Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 47.
It may shock you to find out The Rolling Stones founder and guitarist has only been married once. The beautiful lady who stole his heart is former model Patti Hansen. The blonde beauty transitioned into acting and appeared on countless magazine covers, such as Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Harper’s Bazaar. Throughout her short-lived acting career, the starlet appeared in ‘Rich Kids,’ ‘They all Laughed,’ and ‘Hard to Hold.’
The couple tied the knot in a beautiful wedding ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Fun fact: They actually got married on the rock star’s 40th birthday, December 18th, 1983. Considering Hollywood marriages don’t seem to work, I didn’t have the highest hopes for this couple. But I was pleasantly surprised.
As it turns out, Patti Hansen and Keith Richards have one of the most solid marriages in rock ‘n’ roll, which is quite a relief. It’s also a bit shocking since The Rolling Stones is an extremely popular band. You would think Richards might get caught up in the world of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. But instead, he stayed loyal to his lady.
The power couple has two beautiful kids together, Theodora and Alexandra. In 2004, Patti and both of her daughters were featured on ads for Guerlain’s perfume, Shalimar Light. The couple has already been together for decades, and this relationship looks like it’s for the long haul. Sure, anything can happen, but for this family, it looks like love conquers all.
Steve Van Zandt is a member of the band E Street and is also known as Little Steven. He is one of the few rock stars that made his way into the entertainment industry. On New Year’s Eve in 1982, the singer married his actress wife Maureen Van Zandt in New York City. His bandmate, Bruce Springsteen, was his best man at the wedding.
A New Year’s wedding sounds very romantic. Maybe I should aim for that… of course, I need a boyfriend first, but that’s a different story. Van Zandt also played alongside his beautiful wife in the series, ‘The Sopranos.’ Ironically, she played Gabriella Dante, his on-screen wife. I guess acting like a couple on TV really translated into real life.
Believe it or not, the Van Zandts are still married and are extremely happy together. This is another Hollywood couple that defied all odds. I mean, even Brangelina broke up. But this pair really proves that loyalty and love is all you need to make a marriage work. The couple currently doesn’t have any children together.
In addition to acting, the duo has also been involved in philanthropic work. They founded the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation in 2007, a nonprofit organization that teaches the history of rock. That actually seems really interesting. The foundation’s TeachRock initiative brings rich education materials to teachers, at absolutely no cost.
Pattie Boyd was a dazzling British model who made a prosperous career for herself back in the 60s. This beautiful woman made her way around the rock ‘n’ roll circa. The stunner was actually married to two legendary rock stars. First off, she was a Beatle member as George Harrison’s first wife.
However, when her marriage to the Beatle didn’t last, the model tied the knot with Eric Clapton. Harrison and Clapton were actually friends; that’s how Clapton originally fell in love with the model. He briefly dated her sister Paula. They had a beautiful wedding ceremony in 1979, just two years after she and Harrison divorced.
Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, Clapton and Boyd weren’t a love story to tell the grandchildren. The couple eventually got divorced in 1989. Supposedly, the reason was the singer’s notorious drug and alcohol addiction. Before their marriage came crumbling down, Pattie Boyd was his muse.
His model wife was the inspiration behind two of Clapton’s greatest songs: Bell Bottom Blues and Wonderful Tonight. She was also the muse for his song Layla. In 2015, Boyd married for the third time at the age of 70. She was named a “legendary rock muse” by Rolling Stone in 2007. In addition to Clapton, she inspired Harrison and a few other notable stars in the rock world.
Believe it or not, it’s been over 50 years since the ‘School’s Out’ singer has been in the music industry. In 2011, his original Alice Cooper group was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, just another thing that proves his incredible musical success. As a rock star, it’s no surprise that he has been surrounded by plenty of women.
The singer had a long history of high profile relationships, including his romance with actress, Raquel Welch. Apparently, the rock star left his actress girlfriend to marry Sheryl Goddard, his Alice Cooper Show performer. As I’ve previously mentioned, this doesn’t seem like the healthiest way to start a marriage. Then again, what do I know? I’m still single over here.
The couple got married in 1976. Given the circumstances of their marriage, they had a bit of a rocky start. It didn’t seem like they would last. The relationship really seemed doomed from the start. The pair encountered a few bumps along the way, but somehow, they managed to make their relationship work.
It shocked many people, but these two are still going wrong, and are happier than ever. They have three children together, Calico, Dashiell, and Sonora. I feel proud of them. Not only did they defy the odds and make their marriage work, but they also started a beautiful family together. With loyalty and commitment, true love can really conquer all.
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain are arguably the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll couples of all time. What is so special about these two is that they were formed within the rock world, which was pretty rare. Most of these guys dated models or actresses. This union was certainly a unique one.
Love was the lead singer of Hole, an alternative rock group she formed back in the 80s. Kurt Cobain was, of course, Nirvana’s frontman until he tragically passed away in 1994. This couple was known for its ups and downs. The relationship was like a roller coaster, but the two love birds rocked the punk and grunge scene in the 90s.
In 1992, the pair tied the knot at a beautiful ceremony on a beach in Honolulu. On February 24th, 1992, six months after getting married, Love and Cobain welcomed their only child – a beautiful daughter named Frances Bean Cobain. Sadly, Love hasn’t had the most graceful reputation over the years.
Her personal struggles started to take a toll, and it severely impacted her public image. At her 40th birthday party, Courtney even tried to take her own life. Thankfully, the suicide attempt wasn’t successful. Over the years, Love hasn’t had the best luck in the love department. Her relationships haven’t been serious, and they don’t usually last very long.
Sting is a man who needs no introduction, but I’ll just say that he’s an extremely talented musician and the former lead singer of The Police. In 1976, Sting married actress Frances Tomelty; the couple had two children together before getting divorced in 1984. However, there was still a soulmate out there for the rock star.
In 1992, Sting married a woman named Trudie Styler. At two years old, Styler got in an accident that required facial plastic surgery until the age of 18. Her classmates referred to her as Scarface, which really affected her confidence. Kids can be so cruel. Luckily, her self-esteem shot up when she got hitched by a popular musician.
Sting and Trudie dated for an entire decade before finally walking down the aisle. Being married for 25 years now means the couple has been together for 35 years. Even though they have been together for a while, Sting still looks at her as the light of his life. How adorable is that?
The power couple combined forced and have worked on many projects together, like the foundation for Xingu Film, their production company. In addition to Stings two children from his previous marriage, he has four kids with Trudie, Jake, Eliot, Mickey, and Giacomo Summer. The couple definitely looks like they are in it for the long hall.
Dee Snider has made his way around the entertainment industry. He has worked as a screenwriter, radio personality, and actor. Still, he really rose to prominence in the early 80s as the lead singer and songwriter for his heavy metal band Twisted Sister. Hit Parader ranked him number 83 on their Top 100 metal vocalists of all time. Now that’s pretty impressive.
In addition to a successful career, Snider was also successful in his personal life. He married Suzette in 1981 when Twisted Sister was topping the charts. Unfortunately, that led to some strain on their relationship, and the couple almost broke up in 1984. Snider admitted that he let fame get to his head.
Thankfully, Snider realized his mistakes early on and didn’t want to lose the woman of his dreams. He fought for her, and the couple is still going strong. If you include their dating years, the couple has been together for more than 40 years and are planning on staying together forever.
Suzette and Snider welcomed four children together, Cody Blue, Jesse Blaze, Cheyenne, and Shane. Other than being a mom, Suzette is a designer who is mostly known for her work on the 2013 movie, ‘Fool’s Day,’ and on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ back in the 80s. The couple often talks about their secret to a decade-long happy marriage.
Thomas Earl Petty is an extremely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, actor, and record producer. He is mostly recognized as the lead singer for the band Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. Before that, he was also a member of the band Mudcrutch and a member of the 1980’s group, Traveling Wilburys.
Tom Petty is from the band the Heartbreakers, but ironically, he wasn’t a big heartbreaker at all. At least in rock n roll terms. In 1974, before he made it big, Tom Petty married his high school sweetheart, Jane Benyo. Even though he went on to pursue great music and great success, he stayed loyal to the love of his life.
Tom Petty walked down the aisle with his high school sweetheart in 1974, and they appeared to be happy. They had a beautiful ceremony in Gainesville, Florida, before starting their lives together. He looked like he was breaking the “rock star” persona, and preferred his family over his career. That may be the case, but his marriage wasn’t as happy as we were led to believe.
Unfortunately, the beautiful union didn’t work out. In 1996, the couple split up after 22 years together and two children, Adira and Kimberly. I guess teenage love doesn’t always last forever. Perry has been spending his time in the film industry and has been working closely with some big names. Including Beyoncé and Rihanna.
Whether or not you are into rock music, you definitely heard the name, Phil Collins. That’s because the English musician had a pretty long and successful career in the entertainment industry in the 80s and 90s. However, he rose to providence as the singer and drummer of the Rock band Genesis before starting a solo career.
After splitting up with his first wife Andrea Bertorelli, Phil Collins began dating Jill Tavelman in 1980. She was working as an actress, and after a four-year romance, the pair finally tied the knot. In 1989 they had their beautiful daughter and future actress, Lily Collins. You can catch her on the 2019 Ted Bundy film, ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile,’ alongside Zac Efron.
Other than being married to Phil Collins, Tavelman was making a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She was a working actress mainly known for her role in the 1988 movie, ‘Buster,’ and she is also recognized for the 1994 movie, ‘Extra.’ Although her career seemed to be going well, her personal life was a whole other story.
In 1996, the couple broke up. Their daughter followed her mom’s footsteps to pursue acting, and Phil Collins went on to marry wife number three, Orianne Cevey, in 1999. It doesn’t come as a shock that he and Cevey also called it quits. They had a public and messy divorce in 2008; it was one of the biggest divorce settlements in the history of Britain.
Elvis Presley, otherwise known as “The King,” needs no introduction. The popular singer famously only had one wife, Priscilla. Considering most musicians get married multiple times, this is pretty surprising. The couple met way back in 1959, Elvis was serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and Priscilla was 14 years old.
Priscila was actually an actress known for her role as Jenna Wade on the hit show, Dallas. She and Elvis were introduced at a house party in Germany, and the rest is history. Well, sort of. The couple didn’t actually get married until eight years later, in 1967. The beautiful ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas.
Elvis Presley is the ultimate King of Rock and has been a music icon for decades. Sadly, his relationship with Priscilla didn’t have the happiest ending. In 1968 the newlyweds welcomed a baby into the world, their daughter Lisa Marie Presley. After a rocky and very publicized marriage, the couple split up in 1973.
Despite their breakup, the couple stayed close after the divorce. Priscilla has been extremely involved in charity in recent years. She will forever be remembered as Elvis Presley’s wife, but she did find love after calling it quits with the King of Rock. She was in a 22-year relationship, but sadly, that ended back in 2006.
Adelle Lutz is a stunning model and actress. Being born to a German father and Japanese mother, Adelle has one of the most beautiful and unique looks. The stunning model is also a successful fashion designer, more specifically, a costume designer. Despite her personal success, Lutz is mostly known for who she married.
In 1987, Lutz met the lead singer of Talking Heads (and later solo artist), David Byrne. She gained attention when she created the “Urban Camouflage” costumes featured in one of his movies, True Stories. In 1989, they had one daughter together, Malu Abeni Valentine Byrne. As you might have guessed, this marriage didn’t last forever.
In addition to her work as a model and fashion designer, you probably recognize Adelle for her role in the popular 1991 movie ‘Silence of the Lambs.’ Here is a fun fact you may not have known: Adelle Lutz was Byrne’s muse for his classic song, ‘Naïve Melody.’ It must feel nice to be the inspiration behind a famous song. Obviously, I wouldn’t know the feeling.
In 2004, the model and singer split up. She has been living in Los Angeles since 2008 and seems to be doing well. In August 2018, she became a grandma when her first grandchild, Bo Wyly Ford Squibb, was born. She hasn’t remarried since Byrne, but she is happy and focusing on family.
When it comes to one of the most legendary, dynamic, talented, and influential artists of all time, Bob Dylan’s name comes to mind. He was a major success when it came to his career, but his personal life had its share of struggles. In 1977, the famous musician split up with his first wife, Sara Lownds.
Carolyn Dennis is a gospel-rock singer and actually sang backup for Dylan. She also dabbled in acting and quietly married Bob Dylan. What’s interesting about this relationship is that Carolyn was considered Dylan’s secret wife because many people didn’t know about this romance. She did, however, confirm that she and the iconic rock star were, in fact, married for six years.
Throughout their short-lived marriage, Carolyn and the rock star welcomed a baby girl into the world, Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan. She was born in 1986 when the newlyweds were still in their first year of marriage. Carolyn was a backup singer for The Carpenters but transitioned into acting. In 1991, she became recognized for her work on the movie, The Josephine Baker Story.
Unfortunately, after a few years together, the musical duo ended their relationship in 1992. However, their marriage wasn’t publicized until 2001, almost a decade after they got divorced. Apparently, the singer made a pact with her kids not to publicize their paternity. She said: “Bob Dylan has eight or nine children. We’re not trading on that.”