An engagement and a wine empire: Everything we know about Jon Bon Jovi's four kids.

Jon Bon Jovi was a musical icon in the ‘80s and continues to be to this day thanks to classic hits such as It’s My Life, You Give Love a Bad Name, Bed Of Roses and Livin’ On A Prayer. 

The legendary rock ‘n’ roll star is known for his incredible music and charismatic stage presence - but behind the scenes, he has always aimed to keep his family life grounded.

With the news that one of Bon Jovi’s sons is engaged to Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown, we thought it perfect timing to unpack Bon Jovi’s three-decade long marriage with wife Dorothea and his relationship with his four kids.

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Jon Bon Jovi’s Wife, Dorothea Hurley.

Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley met in high school in New Jersey, with Bon Jovi apparently trying to cheat on a test by catching a peak at her work. So, love at first sight!

The pair didn’t start a relationship until they were in their 20s.

During a stop in LA on The New Jersey Syndicate Tour in 1989, Bon Jovi secretly travelled to Vegas to marry Dorothea.


Image: Getty. The duo marked their 30th wedding anniversary in the last few years, putting their lasting marriage down to mutual respect.

“Having grown up together and grown together, we really like each other. We want to hang out,” Bon Jovi said to People in 2020.

In the same interview, Dorothea said: “I always said I was good at spotting potential too. I have a gift. We work hard at it, but we enjoy each other and we never fell for the trappings of what celebrity can do.”


Dorothea is a professional karate instructor and restaurateur.

The couple have been together for over 40 years and share four kids together.

Bon Jovi's Son: Romeo Jon Bongiovi, 19.

Romeo is Bon Jovi’s youngest child.

Like his sister, Romeo is more of a private person, especially considering his age. 


In 2020 Bon Jovi and Dorothea expressed excitement for their youngest to graduate high school, telling People they are “definitely looking forward” to that empty nest life after raising four children.

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“I might finally get out of high school!” Dorothea said in the interview, adding: “just not being stuck to a schedule and being able to travel [will be nice], but we like to see our kids. It’s not like we’re going to disappear.”


According to Bon Jovi himself, his youngest isn’t so interested in his dad’s career, and even declined to attend his shows in the past!

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Bon Jovi's Son: Jacob Hurley Bongiovi, 20.

Jacob, commonly known as Jake, is Bon Jovi’s third child. 

In 2018, Jake made headlines for helping organise his school’s rally on gun violence. The national student walkout was in reaction to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting on February 14, 2018.

“It’s enough. It’s happened too many times that we watch it,” Jake told nj.com. “And we cannot let it go away this time.”


Most recently, Jake was a student at Syracuse University in New York. And he's now working towards a career in modelling and acting. As per Variety, he was recently cast as one of the leads in the film Rockbottom, a rock 'n' roll comedy about an '80s hair metal band called CougarSnake.

In June 2021, Jake began posting photos with Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown on Instagram. It wasn't until November 2021 that Brown confirmed the relationship, posting a photo of the two of them kissing one another during a ride on the London Eye Ferris Wheel.


Since then, they've attended a fair few red carpet events together including the British Academy Film Awards in 2022 and the premiere of the latest season of Stranger Things.  

Bongiovi also appears to be good friends with Brown's co-star and real-life bestie is Stranger Things co-star Noah Schnapp, with all of them attending a Harry Styles concert together recently.

As for how it all began, Brown, 19, said during the press tour for Enola Holmes 2, "We met on Instagram, and we were friends for a bit, and then, what can I say?"

Recently, Brown said Bongiovi was her "partner for life" and he wrote about her in return, saying: "The girl of my dreams. I love you more than words can describe. Everything about you is golden down to the core."

On Tuesday, Jake and Brown announced their engagement in a post on Instagram.

Brown shared a photo of the couple alongside lyrics from Taylor Swift's iconic hit 'Lover'. 


"I've loved you three summers now, honey, I want 'em all," she captioned the post. 

Jake also shared the news on his Instagram, writing: "Forever."


Bon Jovi's Son: Jesse Bongiovi, 28.

Jesse is Bon Jovi’s third eldest child. At the age of 28, Jesse has made quite the name for himself because of his start-up business.

Jesse runs Hampton Water Wine Co., which is a rosé wine brand that he co-founded with Bon Jovi in 2017. They decided to start the business after Jesse graduated from university.


The brand was even named within the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines in 2018.

In an interview with Thrive Global in 2020, Jesse said, “We wanted Hampton Water to challenge the norms of the rosé market and shift perceptions that rosé was consumed by females, in warm weather months.” 

“Our goal was to establish Hampton Water as the go-to year-round rose; a brand that challenged ‘traditional’ gender roles through our ‘Pink Bottle Boys’ brand extension. Real men drink pink!”


Prior to finding success as an entrepreneur, Jesse played college football for Notre Dame University. 

“Sports were always a huge part of my life,” Jesse told Sports Keeda in 2019.

“I played lacrosse and football since I was really young. I’ve always been an incredibly competitive person and sports were also where I got that out.”


Bon Jovi's Daughter: Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, 29.

Stephanie is Bon Jovi’s only daughter and his eldest child.

She works as a camera operator for TV. Although she works in the entertainment industry, Stephanie has chosen to live a relatively private life.

In 2012 at the age of 19, Stephanie was found unresponsive at her university due to a heroin overdose. She was then taken to a local hospital and, thankfully, recovered from the overdose.

Stephanie second from the right. Image: Getty. She was also arrested for being found in possession of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


However, the charges were later dropped via New York’s Good Samaritan law, which encourages reporting of overdoses to prevent deaths. 

Stephanie in 2013. Image: Getty. 


“It was a terrible speed bump that we got over. It happens to a lot of families that you would never know... We dealt with it as a family,” Dorothea and Bon Jovi said to People in 2016.

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This article was originally published on November 4, 2021, and was updated on April 12, 2023.

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