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.”