"Somehow I became the poster boy for a long-married rock star. But I’ll accept the mantle because I’m so happy."
For Jon Bon Jovi, nothing mattered to him 3 decades ago, not what the world thought or how it would affect his career. The only thing that really mattered to him was Dorothea Hurley and he was sure he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Now, because of that decision he made, he can proudly say, "I feel 10 times better today than when we did it back then. Looking back on it, the marriage was the greatest deal I ever made."
The two of them met in history class all the way back in 1980 when they were just 18-years-old. "It started with just trying to look over her shoulder at test answers, to making small talk," he said, as reported by Fame10.
The high-school sweethearts eventually started dating. Of course, there were a few bumps during the ride, but together, they managed to ride past that. In 1989, when Bon Jovi's band had the number 1 album and the number 1 single, he spontaneously suggested to Dorothea Hurley that they elope while they were in their hotel. "I pulled the curtain back in my room, and there’s a billboard of me staring right back," he said, according to Best Life.
"I turned to Dorothea and said, ‘I got an idea. Why don’t we go right now?’ She said, ‘You’re out of your mind.' I said, 'Come on. What’s better than this, right now, this moment?’" He added, "We ran off to Las Vegas. Didn’t tell a soul. We took a little shuttle plane, jumped in a cab, and didn’t even stay the night. The cab driver was the witness." Sadly, when they returned and the news of their marriage went public, most people around them didn't approve.
"When I came back from Vegas my manager was furious. He was like, 'America's boy is now married? That's not a good career move,'" he said, according to Express. But, even though people tried to take it away from them, they knew that what they had was really special.
"America wasn't happy on that Monday when they found out about the wedding and a lot of people tried to ruin a beautiful thing. They tried to cheat us out of that moment," he said.
This was the beautiful beginning of their marriage that lasted for 30 years now and they have seen each other through so much. "Somehow it works," Dorothea Hurley told People. "I think because we grow at the same rate. We grew equally and not in opposite directions." "She is the rock of my family, my career, my being. I'm grateful for someone in my life like that whom I can love and trust," he gushed about his wife with whom he has raised four children.
For the rockstar, his wife is the one who helps him "keep it together". "She’s the glue," Bon Jovi said. "I’m the crazy visionary with all kinds of things flying, and the seams are all splitting. She’s the one following me with the glue and the thread and needle, keeping it all together."
Also, just like any other man and artist in love, Bon Jovi seeks his inspiration from his wife. He can also never hide his love for his wife, especially in his music.
He told the New York Post, "She’s the muse for all the syrupy ballads I write. It’s obvious. I try to relate it without being too saccharine. Yeah, it definitely comes out in the songs." This is no different even when it comes to his daughter, Stephanie Rosie, who inspired him to write the song, "I've Got the Girl."
During his Las Vegas concert in 2017, Rosie joined him on-stage just as the band started playing the song and danced with her dad to it. “Everybody’s got a little girl in their life,” Bon Jovi, 54, said halfway through the song.
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“Their daughter, their girlfriend, their wife, their mamma — it all goes by so fast. And they start out as little bitty babies and their future’s looking bright. And I wrote this song for that little baby, who’s now not such a little baby anymore.”
He's been given a lot of titles throughout his life, but being a doting husband is one he cherishes the most. "Somehow I became the poster boy for a long-married rock star. But I’ll accept the mantle because I’m so happy."
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