Jon Bon Jovi is an undisputed rock star. He is best known as the vocalist, composer, and guitarist for the 1983 rock band Bon Jovi. Since then, he has released 15 studio albums with his band as well as some solo material. In addition, he has appeared in a number of television episodes and films, proving himself as an actor.
While Jon clearly has many abilities in the arts, he also has a heart of gold. In 2006, he established The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which concentrates on hunger and homelessness in the United States. Jon has also demonstrated a true passion for sports, serving as the previous majority owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul. He also almost had a stake in the Buffalo Bills, an NFL franchise.
Nevertheless, Jon’s romantic life is still another reason to appreciate him. During a stop in Los Angeles on Bon Jovi’s The New Jersey Syndicate Tour in 1989, Jon sneaked away to Las Vegas with his high school love Dorothea Hurley. They eloped there and haven’t looked back since.
This celebrity couple made in heaven was harshly condemned when they originally exchanged vows over 30 years ago. Thankfully, they’ve remained together throughout. Jon has never regretted eloping with his lovely wife, with whom he has been married for over 33 years.
From eloping in Las Vegas on April 29, 1989, to co-founding a philanthropic organization, Jon and his wife Dorothea have defied the odds. Jon and Dorothea met in high school and subsequently married on the spur of the moment after Bon Jovi’s career took off.
The pair, who were married at the Graceland Wedding Chapel by an Elvis lookalike, is still going strong and more in love than ever 32 years later. “We make it work,” Dorothea expressed.
Not all, though, were as enthusiastic about their lifelong commitment. Jon was having a lot of accomplishments in his work, but being married made people feel less attached to him because the popular artist was suddenly inaccessible.” When he got back from Vegas, his manager was enraged, Jon explained. His manager said ‘America’s boy is now married… that’s not a smart professional move.’ The record company was also disappointed.
Nonetheless, Jon has never regretted marrying his high school girlfriend. In retrospect, the marriage was the best deal he ever made, he remarked.
Luckily, Bon Jovi proceeded to have great success together, and Jon made a name for himself in his solo pursuits. Dorothea doesn’t seem to mind that Jon has a lot of female followers who adore him.
She considers it fantastic that kids enjoy the music, she remarked. They adore the band and are devoted followers. Dorothea usually goes to Bon Jovi concerts. She normally stands on the side and observes during his concerts, she stated. The songs sound amazing, but wait till you hear them live!
The pair live a lovely life together. They have 4 kids: a girl, Stephanie, and three sons, Jesse, Jacob, and Romeo. Jon and his wife also operate a number of philanthropic organizations. The pair collaborate at their two Soul Kitchen restaurants, which help give hot meals to people in need, and The Jon Bon Jovi Foundation, which emphasizes on affordable housing.
So, how can Jon and Dorothea balance Jon’s demanding work, their exemplary foundation, and having four children? Dorothea is the reason their marriage is so good from Jon’s perspective.
He described her as “the glue.” He is the wild visionary with everything flying about and the seams tearing. She’s the one who keeps everything together with glue, thread, and needle. Dorothea was also cited by Jon as the brains behind the Soul Kitchen and the organization’s success. His wife does all the work, but he gets all the credit, he jokingly said.
Jon and Dorothea have dutifully stood by one other’s side through all of life’s ups and downs. He doesn’t have a mistress on another family’s side across town, Jon explained. One will never read that story about him. He has no regard for that entire way of life.
The pair is now the perfect example of what a happy and successful marriage in Hollywood looks like, and they are still going strong. He became the poster boy for a long-married rock star, Jon explained. However, because he is so thrilled, he’ll take the mantle.