American karate instructor and restaurateur Dorothea Hurley. She is the spouse of rock band Bon Jovi’s singer-songwriter and vocalist, John Francis Bongiovi Jr., also known as Jon Bon Jovi. She was a New Jersey native who grew up next to the future rock star. As Bobby’s best friend Dorothea was dating at the time, they initially became pals. Their relationship didn’t start until they were both in their 20s. In 1989, Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi eloped while on a stop in Los Angeles for the New Jersey Syndicate Tour, and they later wed in Las Vegas. Together, they have one daughter and three sons for a total of four kids. They have endured some of the most trying times of their lives together, including the time when their daughter, Stephanie, overdosed on heroin, and Dorothea has been a steady source of support for her rock star husband. Dorothea was a junior karate champion in high school and later worked as an instructor in New Jersey. She also assists in managing the restaurant business her husband owns.
Early Years of Dorothea Hurley
Dorothy Pawlyk and Donald Hurley welcomed Dorothea into the world on September 29, 1962 in New Jersey, the United States. In Parlin, New Jersey, she attended Sayreville War Memorial High School for her education. When he tried to cheat by peeking at her paper during an exam, she bumped into Bon Jovi, who had previously transferred there. Later on, Jon Bon Jovi said that the song “Bobby’s Girl” was written about her and that he had been in love with her since the first day. She was involved with his closest friend Bobby at the time, so he decided not to pursue it. They eventually became close and began dating before splitting up once more.
Since she was in high school, Dorothea has been practicing karate and has won numerous junior championships. Her ranking as the fourth-best greenbelt karate master in the United States of America was made public in 1999. She had attained her fourth degree black belt by the time her husband was featured in People Magazine’s 2002 issue.
Union with Jon Bon Jovi
All of the Bon Jovi band members have turned down lucrative book agreements that would have chronicled their prior adventures throughout the years. Even a multi-million dollar book contract was presented to the group as a whole. That also received a “no” from them. ‘Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi’, a book about his experiences with the band, was published in 2010 by their former manager Rich Bozzett. It sparked a lot of debate. Bozzett claims that during the early 1980s, when Bon Jovi was quickly rising to become one of the most well-known rock bands worldwide, Jon Bon Jovi was dating the actress Diane Lane.
But Lane also started dating Richie Sambora, another member of his band. Following the eventual split between Lane and Jon Bon Jovi, Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi quickly reunited. Sambora was a member of the group up until 2013, when he quit to focus on a solo career.
Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi rekindled their relationship. He was participating in the 1989 New Jersey Syndicate Tour. When they stopped in Los Angeles, Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea eloped. They traveled to Nevada, where they wed on April 29 at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. It was just the two of us; no relatives or friends were there. Even their wedding rings were missing. The band, Jon Bon Jovi’s parents, and their manager at the time, Doc McGhee, were furious when they learned the truth. But Jon Bon Jovi realized he didn’t give a damn. Nothing else mattered to them; they just got married for themselves.
Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea are parents to four kids. Stephanie, their eldest child, was born on May 31, 1993. Jesse, her son, arrived on February 19, 1995. Jacob, their second son and third child, was born on May 7, 2002. Their youngest child, Romeo, was born in 2004.
At two in the morning in November 2012, Stephanie called her father to inform him that she had overdosed on heroin in her Hamilton College dorm. She was then transferred to a hospital, where she later made a full recovery. Because of a local statute that prohibits charging persons who have overdosed on narcotics, the police did not file any charges against Jane or her companion Ian Grant.
Both Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea received criticism and the label of poor parents as a result of this occurrence. Dorothea responded by saying she hoped their opponents would never go through what she and her family had.
Career of Dorothea Hurley
In her native New Jersey, Dorothea Hurley is an outstanding karate instructor. Additionally, she and her husband are the owners of the JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurant chain, where patrons are asked to “pay it forward” by reserving meals for the hungry.
Net worth of Dorothea Hurley
The estimated net worth of Dorothea Hurley is about $1 million.