Jon Bon Jovi, born John Francis Bongiovi Jr., is widely known as the founder and frontman of the rock band Bon Jovi. He began pursuing a career in acting in the ’90s and has starred in some of the best movies and shows such as Sex and the City and Moonlight and Valentino. 

Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi | Source: jonbonjovi on Instagram

Goes without saying that over the years, Jovi has made some friends for life and even acquaintances who might have stood by his side in his tough times during different phases of his life. However, there is someone who has never once left his side in the past three decades- his wife Dorothea Hurley. For Jovi, marrying Hurley might have been the best decision he has ever made, but the rest of the world seemed to be not quite as happy.

Jon Bon Jovi Eloped with Fiancee Dorothea Hurley

It is one thing for a person to marry the person they love, but it is an entirely different thing for a rockstar at the peak of his career to choose to get married. Jon Bon Jovi and his wife saw it happen in real time after the news of their marriage went public.

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Five years after the musician had gained fame with the debut single Runaway, he was “enjoying a moment” with Hurley while on the New Jersey tour with the band. They were in Los Angeles and the view from his room was that of a billboard featuring the Bon Jovi band. He asked his fiancee if she wanted to go to the Sin City and she agreed.

The World around Jon Bon Jovi Descended into Chaos After His Marriage with Dorothea Hurley

Dorothea Hurley and Jon Bon Jovi on their wedding day
Dorothea Hurley and Jon Bon Jovi on their wedding day | Source: jonbonjovi on Instagram

It cannot be denied that Jovi’s decision was a little reckless since he just up and went to Las Vegas with his fiancee, determined to get married with their taxi driver as the witness at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. Things became real when the news of their marriage went public. As Jovi recalled to PEOPLE:

“[..] it shocked a lot of people — shocked about everybody: the band, management, agents, lawyers, parents, you name it. It’s a shame because it should have been a beautiful moment, but after we did it, people were trying to take it away, until I stood up and went, ‘Wait a minute, why are we living our life for anyone else?’ And 35 years later, we’re still married.”

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However, it was unfair for everyone to try to make things difficult for the newlywed couple instead of celebrating it. Thankfully, Jovi knew what he had to do and instead of doubting his actions, took complete responsibility for it.

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Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley
Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley | Source: jonbonjovi on Instagram

Bon Jovi was undoubtedly one of the most eligible bachelors in America when he married. So, the news was bound to enrage the female fans who were taken aback to find out that he was taken. Much like the scenario would be now if one of the most popular celebrities with a huge female fanbase were to get married.

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Jovi confirmed as much during an interview with Mirror, saying:

“It was like Harry Styles or Justin Timberlake getting married. I was that to the young girls in my time. 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’. The record company was also despondent.”

Even his mother was not very happy with the decision, but as they say: all is well that ends well. The couple has been married for more than thirty years, share four children, and are still going strong.

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