Jon Bon Jovi Has Remained in Love with His Wife for 4 Decades – How Does She Look Now?

    Rock legend Jon Bon Jovi and his high school sweetheart-turned-wife Dorothea Bongiovi share a love story spanning over four decades.

    Despite facing criticism for eloping, their close-knit family, built on mutual respect, stands strong.

    As the couple enters their 60s, they maintain a low-key yet enduring love and were recently spotted on a rare date night.

    Jon Bon Jovi is a dedicated family man who has worked hard at keeping his family far away from his life as a celebrity. Jon, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, is married to Dorothea Bongiovi, his high school sweetheart.

    The couple have four kids together: Jesse, 28, Romeo Jon, 19, Stephanie Rose, 30, and Jake, 21. While they have kept their family together for over 30 years, the two have been in each other’s lives for more than 40 years now.

    Jon and Dorothea got married on April 29, 1989, just when the singer was reaching success and fame. He had the number one album in the country, “New Jersey,” and the number one single. Jon was also playing at the Forum in Los Angeles on sold-out nights. At the time, he was staying with Dorothea at the St. James Club, an old art-deco dream hotel.

    During their stay at this hotel, Jon told Dorothea that he had an idea. He suggested that they elope and get married. “You’re out of your mind,” Dorothea answered. However, Jon convinced her when he asked her what would be better than them finally being husband and wife. So, the duo went to Las Vegas and got married.

    News of their marriage was not well-received as Dorothea was viewed as a public enemy by Jon’s numerous female fans, who were unhappy that the rock star was now a married man. The singer recalled, “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.”

    Jon’s manager was also furious, and the record company was downhearted. The manager told Jon that his tying the knot with Dorothea Bongiovi was not a good career move. The singer’s mother was similarly dejected about her son eloping. “She was not impressed,” said Jon.

    Despite the pushback, the pair stood firm in their decision. Now, the rock star delights in his close-knit family with his wife and four great kids. Even with his fame and success, he has remained dedicated to his loved ones thanks to his close bond with Dorothea. Jon revealed that the secret to their strong and lasting union was “mutual respect.”

    Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi attend the New Era In Florida Gaming Event in Hollywood, Florida on December 07, 2023. | Source: Getty Images

    The two, who have also grown up together, like each other and love to hang out. Dorothea prides herself on her gift of spotting potential in Jon many years ago. The singer also pointed out that they work hard at their marriage so that they never fall into the traps of celebrity life.

    Jon is happiest when he does right by his family and makes the world a better place to live in. However, he is cautious not to end up like other celebrities he has seen, which makes him only want to write songs, perform them, and go back home to his loved ones.

    In 2024, the hitmaker was named MusiCares Person of the Year and will be honored on February 2, 2024, in Los Angeles. The organization commended Jon as a rock and roll trailblazer who has influenced several artists over the years.

    Jon and Dorothea are also in a partnership, having formed the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in 2006. The couple uses their platform to address injustice and the suffering of people. The associated pay-what-you-can Soul Kitchen restaurant and food banks aim to end hunger and homelessness. “We’re blessed, and we have the ability to do that,” noted Dorothea.

    Jesse, Stephanie Rose, Romeo (front left), Jon Bon Jovi, Jacob Hurley (front right), Dorothea Bongiovi, and Garry Marshall attend the "New Year's Eve" premiere in New York City on December 7, 2011. | Source: Getty Images

    Despite the fame attached to their names, Dorothea and Jon keep their love low-key and do not grace the public with their presence regularly. However, the two were recently seen on a rare date night on January 25, 2024, at Giorgia Baldi, a celebrity hot spot in Santa Monica.

    Jon Bon Jovi adorned a white crew-neck pullover, denim trousers, and a worn-in leather jacket, all while wearing a bright smile. Meanwhile, Dorothea donned chic brown leather pants, a navy jacket, and a stylish white, gray, and pink patterned scarf gracefully wrapped around her neck and flowing down to her torso.

    Fans were excited to see the photos of the couple on a date. “They love each other and proves that marriage and love can work,” a fan commented. Another fan said they “always loved” Jon and his records and that he’d “aged beautifully.”

    Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Bongiovi | Source: Instagram/jonbonjovi

    On the contrary, some weren’t so kind to Dorothea and were quick to comment that she “looks much older than 61!” “The Lady looks older than him,” a social media user concurred.

    An online user said, “She looks older than him. She doesn’t look happy,” even as another suggested that Dorothea “doesn’t look excited” because the photographers wouldn’t give them any privacy.

    Dorothea Bongiovi and Jon Bon Jovi attend as Intrepid Museum hosts Annual Salute To Freedom in New York City Gala on November 10, 2021. | Source: Getty Images

    Dorothea and Jon have mastered the art of maintaining the spark in their four-decades-plus love story. From their elopement to raising their amazing kids, their marriage remains a testament to an enduring love. Even in their 60s, the couple continues to carve out moments for special nights out, keeping the flame alive.

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