Bob Marley: How Many Times Did the Reggae Legend Get Married in His Lifetime?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Bob Marley

Describing Bob Marley’s impact
on music
and popular culture isn’t one thing that may be achieved in a couple of phrases. His
rise to superstardom has been chronicled in books and documentaries, and a few points
of his storied private life are broadly identified.

Most know Marley as a proficient reggae legend and occasional non secular determine, however he was additionally a husband and father. Before he handed away from most cancers in 1981, he created a brood of 12 youngsters and stepchildren (some say extra) and was romantically linked to a couple of lady.

But what number of occasions did the musician get married in his lifetime?

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Bob Marley married Rita Marley

Born Alfarita Constantia Anderson, she is Marley’s first and solely spouse. They fell in love once they had been younger and married in 1966.

According to Marley’s biography, Catch a Fire, Marley was 21 and Rita was 19 once they wed. The day after their marriage ceremony, he left Jamaica for America with the intention of saving sufficient cash to begin his personal file label.

Eventually, he despatched for his spouse and he or she joined him in Delaware the place he was residing together with his mom. In these early years, they traveled between Jamaica and the US whereas creating music and caring for his or her household.

Rita, a singer, was initially a part of the Soulettes (a bunch Marley wrote and skilled within the ‘60s) and later, the well-known I-Threes, the backup singers for Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Marley had different relationships

It’s no secret Marley had extramarital affairs with different
ladies. Some of these relationships resulted in youngsters. Janet Hunt gave start
to Rohan Marley, and Pat Williams is the mom of Robert “Robbie” Marley.

Marley usually traveled to Europe and that’s the place he met Londoner Lucy Pounder (mom of Julian Marley), and likewise Janet Bowen, who’s from England too. Bowen had Marley’s daughter Karen.

Anita Belnavis and Yvette Crichton bore Marley’s youngsters too, however certainly one of his most well-known dalliances was with former Miss World, Cindy Breakspeare – Damian Marley’s mother.

They had a relationship that carried on by the ‘70s and up until Marley’s dying at age 36. Breakspeare made it identified that fairly a couple of of Marley’s songs had been about her.

Rita Marley caught by his facet

Rita Marley by no means divorced her husband and have become a widow in
her early thirties. In her autobiography, No Woman No Cry: My Life with Bob
Marley
, she described the ache and heartache she felt due to his affairs.
But she at all times beloved him and took all his youngsters in, elevating a few of them as
her personal.

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However, she’s additionally shared that she later took on a motherly position with him and put her private emotions to the facet so she do might her job as a singer and lift their youngsters. During an outdated interview with Kiss of Paradise, Rita Marley shared that her favourite reminiscence of her husband is all of them.

After his dying, she by no means remarried, however adopted greater than
30 youngsters in Ethiopia and is concerned with Bob Marley’s foundations and the
household property. She additionally sits on the forefront of her personal charities.

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