The Untold Truth About Jon Bon Jovi’s Wife Dorothea Hurley

April 18, 2024
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Who is Dorothea Hurley?

Dorothea Hurley was born under the zodiac sign of Libra on 29 September 1962, in New Jersey USA; she holds American nationality, and her ethnicity is White. She is perhaps known best as the wife of Jon Bon Jovi, the famous frontman of the rock band Bon Jovi.

Early life, and education

Dorothea was raised in New Jersey by her parents Donald Hurley and Dorothy Pawlyk, however, there is no information about their occupations, and it seems that Dorothea is their only child. She was educated at Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey, but upon matriculating in 1980, she didn’t enroll at college.

Since high school, Dorothea has practiced karate, and won multiple junior championships; in 1999, she was named the fourth best green belt karate master in the US, and in the following years, she became a fourth degree black belt.

Love life, relationships and marriage with Jon Bon Jovi

Dorothea met Jon Bon Jovi at high school, during an exam they had when he was trying to see answers from her test, and after which they became friends. She was dating Jon Bon Jovi’s best friend Bobby at that time, and Jon was dating the actress Diane Lane for about five months in 1985. He admitted that his song “Bobby’s Girl” was written for Dorothea – he was in love with her since they met, but didn’t tell her, because she was dating his friend.


When they were in their 20s, Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi started their relationship, and on 29 April 1989, they married in the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada; no one knew about the wedding – Jon was on a tour with his band, and during a stop in Los Angeles, California, he secretly traveled to Las Vegas to marry Dorothea.

The couple has four children together, the oldest is daughter Stephanie Rose, born in 1993, and they have three sons whose names are Jesse James Louis (born in 1995), Jacob Hurley (born in 2002), and Romeo Jon (born in 2004).

In 2020, Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi were featured on the cover page of the magazine “People”, and one of the questions in the interview was how did they manage to stay in love for over 30 years, despite the whole aspect of the ‘rock star life’, and Jon answered ‘Mutual respect.

Having grown up together and grown together’, and Dorothea’s answer was ‘I always said I was good at spotting potential too. I have a gift.’

As of October 2021, the two appear to be happily married, and it seems that they are enjoying their love and time which they are spending together.

Hobbies, and other interests

Dorothea’s favorite hobby is still karate, and is an instructor. She also likes swimming, playing volleyball and tennis.


She is a co-owner of the JBJ Soul Kitchen chain of restaurants, which have no prices on their menu; the customers pay as much as they want to donate for those who are in need. It’s a program of the JBJ Soul Foundation, which is the co-foundation of Jon and Dorothea. During the years they have been building homes, and providing housing, education, food, and healthcare for the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and others in need. Dorothea is a big part of this foundation, and is recognized as a philanthropist; she supported charities such as BID 2 BEAT AIDS, Red Cross, Stop Global Warming, and she also causes such as Creative Arts, Human Rights, Hunger, Disaster Relief, and many others.

Dorothea Hurley and Jon Bon Jovi

In her spare time, Dorothea likes to read, listen to music or watch movies; her favorite writer is Dante Alighieri, and she likes to listen to pop-rock, hard rock, heavy metal, and glam metal. When it comes to her favorite movie, it is “Dirty Dancing”, which stars her favorite actor Patrick Swayze, and favorite actress Jennifer Grey.

She is into traveling, and thanks to Jon Bon Jovi’s career has traveled often with him and his band on tours. She’s visited numerous US states, and some European, Asian, South American, and African countries. Her favorite travel destination is Caracas, Venezuela.

Age, height and net worth

Dorothea is 59 years old, she has brown hair, and hazel eyes, weighs around 132lbs (60kgs), and is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall.


As of October 2021, her net worth has been estimated at $2 million, and her husband’s is reputedly well over $400 million.

Who is Jon Bon Jovi?

Jon Bon Jovi was born John Francis Bongiovi Jr., under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 2 March 1962, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey USA; he holds American nationality, and is of Italian, Slovak, German and Russian descent. Jon Bon Jovi is a singer, songwriter, producer and actor, who’s perhaps known best as the frontman and founder of the band Bon Jovi, now one of the most famous rock bands in the world.

Jon Bon Jovi attended St. Joseph High School until his sophomore year, when he transferred to Sayreville War Memorial High School. Upon matriculating in 1980, he didn’t enroll at college, wanting to pursue his career as a musician.

He began playing the piano and guitar at the age of 13, when he formed his first band, Raze, and then in the following years he played and sang in bands Atlantic City Expressway and John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones. He formed the band Jon Bon Jovi in 1983, with David Bryan, Tico Torres, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such.


The band released their first two albums in 1984 and 1985, however, when in 1986 they released their third album “Slippery When Wet”, they achieved global recognition and widespread success; the album sold over 20 million copies, and singles “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” both reached No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The band has released 16 albums, three live albums and five compilations, and sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

The band was inducted into the UK Musical Hall of Fame in 2006,, and in 2018 into the US Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Olivia Wilson

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