"It started with just trying to look over her shoulder at test answers, to making small talk," he said.
If there's anything Jon Bon Jovi has been sure of, it's his undying love for Dorothea Hurley. That's why he never hesitated to marry her despite being advised against it years ago. "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 music icon shared.
Bon Jovi and Hurley met during history class in high school back in 1980. They were just 18 at the time. "It started with just trying to look over her shoulder at test answers, to making small talk," he revealed according to Fame10. Eventually, the pair realized their love for each other and began dating.
By 1989 Bon Jovi's band had the number 1 album and the number 1 single, and his career was thriving. At this point, he spontaneously suggested to Hurley that they elope while they were in a hotel room. "I pulled the curtain back in my room, and there’s a billboard of me staring right back," he recalled 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 continued. "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."
By the time they returned, news about their marriage was all over the tabloids and the artist's manager was furious with his decision. Bursting the newlywed's love bubble, he told Bon Jovi that his marriage could potentially destroy 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,'" said the 60-year-old, according to Express.
Despite the constant disapproval, the couple remained strong and believed in their beautiful relationship. "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.
And that's how their marriage began, amid criticism and invasive speculations. But, "Somehow it works," shared Hurley. "I think because we grow at the same rate. We grew equally and not in opposite directions," she told PEOPLE. Proving everyone around them wrong, the pair have enjoyed a blissful 33-year-old of marriage.
Even to this day, he gushes about his wife, with whom he's raised four wonderful kids. "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," expressed the rockstar. "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," he noted.
The rock 'n' roll star has been called a number of things throughout his career but there's one title in particular that he gladly accepts.
"Somehow I became the poster boy for a long-married rock star. But I’ll accept the mantle because I’m so happy," he shared.
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