Picture it: Bon Jovi performing at the height of success in front of millions of fans, the smoke-filled stage illuminated by strobes and spotlights and pyrotechnic explosions. For hours, as the band transitions from one chart-topping single to another during one of the stops on this “New Jersey” tour, fans are screaming their throats raw, young women and teenagers literally professing their undying love.
So what does Ron Bon Jovi do? He slips off to Las Vegas and marries his high school sweetheart.
There aren’t many, but there are some high-profile celebrities whose marriages have stood the test of time. Bon Jovi’s 28-year marriage to his long-time love, Dorothea Hurley, is among them. They were born and raised in the same New Jersey town and met in high school, and have since raised a beautiful family that includes four children ranging in age from 13 to 24.
The two were born and raised in the same New Jersey town and met in high school and have since raised a beautiful family that includes four children ranging in age from 13 to 24.
So, what’s their secret? Most couples have a hard enough time keeping it together, even without all the fame, fortune and millions of screaming fans that inevitably follow such international acclaim.
“I just know I got it right the first time,” Bon Jovi says with a shrug.
He attributes their success to several different factors: Since they’ve been together for so long, they know each other pretty much inside and out. Which means his wife is secure in their relationship and by no means threatened by all the women who are vying for her husband’s attention.
Just as importantly, they serve as each other’s yin and yang. Fueled by a strong creative streak, Bon Jovi goes a million miles a minute “with all kind of things flying, and the seams are all splitting,” while Hurley “(follows) me with the glue and the thread and the needle, keeping it all together.”
It just goes to show, it isn’t grand gestures or glitz and glamor that make a marriage, it’s the little things that have kept Jon Bon Jovi Dorothea’s love alive for nearly 3 decades.
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