What do Jon Bon Jovi and Ron Howard’s Marriages Have In Common?

We’re so used to seeing celebrities on the silver screen, seeing photos of our favorite actors and musicians strutting down the red carpet or wearing the latest fashion, it can be easy to forget that inside, behind all the glitz and glamour, they are people just like us!

And part of this misconception about the lives of celebrities is that all of their romantic relationships begin at fancy parties or in exclusive clubs – that every celebrity couple must have met on-set or backstage. For some celebs, though, this couldn’t be further from the truth, defying stereotypes and assumptions through happy marriages to their high school sweethearts!

High school sweethearts Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley!

Here are just a few examples:

International music star Bono married Ali Stewart in 1982 – the couple met at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin long before Bono was headlining world tours or using his influence for political and humanitarian causes.

Rapper and actor LL Cool J has been married to his wife Simone Smith since 1995, and the couple dated for eight years before tying the knot.

Actor Jeff Daniels went to high school with his wife Kathleen Treado before getting married in 1979, and actor-turned-director Ron Howard met his wife Cheryl Alley in a high school English class – they were married in 1975!

Even Jon Bon Jovi is married to his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley!

While we shouldn’t assume that each of these marriages is the same, it’s worth mentioning that in most of these cases, where the couple met before fame and fortune, we don’t really hear much about marital troubles, or even much about the people not intentionally in the spotlight.

It may have something to do with the stability of a marriage and home life outside of the demanding career of a famous actor or musician. Jon Bon Jovi told Yahoo News that, “without my wife and kids, I’d be a dead man.” He talked about the burnout from touring and trying to run the corporation surrounding his music career, and noted that having “a wife who loved me and a family to go home to” help him survive stresses of his busy life.

In our own lives, we can take a cue from these longstanding celebrity marriages – making the household a calm place to escape the stress of careers and commutes is just one of the great ways spouses can support one another!

Know anyone who is still with their high school sweetheart? What’s your favorite celebrity marriage? Please comment.

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Dr. Dana Fillmore and Amy Barnhart, co-Founders, StrongMarriageNow.com

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