Jon Bon Jovi and his wife were high school sweethearts. They have been together for more than 30 years now.
Love is magical when you know you are with the right person. It makes you want to dream of a lifetime with that person by your side. Jon Bon Jovi knew that the day he met his love, Dorothea Hurley. Their love story began at school and now the couple has been married for over 30 years. However, his wedding was not a pre-planned affair. It was a spontaneous decision that he never regretted to date.
It happened when the rockstar's 1989 album, New Jersey was a huge hit and the rockstar was on tour in Los Angeles with his then long time girlfriend, Hurley. Recalling that day, he said, "We were staying at the St. James’s Club, which is that beautiful art deco hotel on the Sunset Strip across from the old Hyatt House. I pulled the curtain back in my room, and there’s a billboard of me staring right back," according to Purist. But, that did not satisfy the singer. He knew something was missing. Seconds later, he realized what it was.
Turning to Hurley, he proposed the idea of getting married. She was astonished and thought he was crazy. "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?" recalled Bon Jovi, according to Purist.
In that moment, the couple decided to get on a plane to Las Vegas. Nobody knew of their plan and the couple did not inform anyone of their decision to get married. "And so 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. We got back to L.A. before closing time, and that was a Saturday, so we didn’t see anyone on Sunday," recalled Bon Jovi, according to Purist. Nobody came to know of their wedding until the news broke on Entertainment Tonight.
The news was upsetting to many. His manager was furious and warned it would ruin his career. "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,'" recalled Bon Jovi, according to Express UK.
He added, "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."
Talking about his secret wedding, the 58-year-old stated, "We did it for us and didn't give a damn," Bon Jovi told VH1. "I got a lot of heat from it, between the band, my parents, Doc [McGhee, Bon Jovi's manager]. Everybody was pissed off. It took me a couple of days before I realized that I don't give a shit what anybody thinks," according to Ultimate Classic Rock.
However, marrying Hurley was the beginning of his beautiful family life. The couple share four children and Bon Jovi is thankful for his wife. "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," said the artist to People.
The rockstar admitted that his wife keeps him sane when his thoughts are all over the place. "She’s the glue. 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," said the rockstar.
Though they have been together since high school, they have never grown tired of each other. Instead, their affection and love have increased over the years. "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," said the father of four, according to the New York Post.
After all these years of being with his love, the singer said, "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," according to Express.