Just a while ago, the music world was mourning the demise of a great man and a multi-talented star named Tom Petty. The music star died at the age of 66 and while he is no more, we are taking a quick look at his life to see those who were dear to him. Amongst them is Jane Benyo who was his first love and the mother of his children. Although they had a very complex relationship, their relationship stood for a very long time before hitting the rocks. Join us as we explore the life of Jane Benyo below
Who is Jane Benyo – Tom Petty’s Ex-Wife?
Jane Benyo is an American celebrity famously known as the first wife of the late music legend Tom Petty. The pair were married for over two decades before they lost the spark in their relationship and eventually went their separate ways in 1996.
The former wife of Tom Petty was born as Jane Benyo many years ago at Gainsville neighbourhood of Florida. Her exact birth year and date are currently not known because the celebrity has never shared such information with the media. Also, there is no information as regards to her childhood, educational background, career, and family. She came into the spotlight following her marriage to Tom Petty. Although Petty wasn’t popular at the time, she was with him throughout his early struggles until he became famous.
Her Ex-Husband Tom Petty
Tom Petty was a well-known figure in the American music industry, courtesy of his musical style and his ability to play multiple instruments. In addition to that, Tom is also a record producer as well as an actor. He was the lead vocalist of the rock band called Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Born and raised in Gainsville, Florida, the music star dropped out of high school at the age of seventeen to pursue his music career. He formed the band known as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1976 along with Stan Lynch (drummer), Benmont Tech (keyboardist), Mike Campbell, and Ron Blair.
With the group, Tom recorded over fourteen albums including their self-titled debut album in 1976. Others are You’re Gonna Get It, The Last DJ, and American Treasure, just to mention a few. Amazingly, the group was enrolled into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame following their unparallel contributions to rock and roll music in 2002.
Jane Benyo’s Marriage to Tom Petty
Jane and her former spouse began their relationship a very long time ago. At the time, Jane was just seventeen and they met each other in high school. After a few years, the duo decided to seal their love with a nuptial bond and their wedding took place in March 1974. Shortly after their wedding, the couple relocated to Los Angeles where Tom’s music career began to bloom.
The amazing couple continued to enjoy a flourishing married life until 1996 when their relationship hit the rocks. The pair first separated and their divorce process was finalized in September 1996. After their divorce, Tom went on to marry Dana York in 2001. Petty also became a stepfather to Dana’s son, Dylan whom she had from her previous marriage. While there is no news of Jane’s subsequent relationships, it is already known that she dedicated her life training her two lovely daughters.
Meanwhile, Jane and Tom had two beautiful daughters named Kimberly Petty and Adria Petty from their marriage. Her eldest daughter Adria pursued a career in theatre. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a well-known film and art director, as well as an editor and artist. Adria has worked with famous musicians such as Regina Skeptor, Macy Gray, and Beyonce. Her younger sister Kimberly has equally established herself as an artist and a fashion designer.
Where is She Now?
Soon after her marriage with Tom Petty ended, Jane Benyo disappeared from the limelight. She decided to maintain a low profile; thus staying away from the spotlight to avoid attracting unnecessary media attention. However, after twenty-two years, her name reappeared everywhere on the media following the demise of her husband Tom.
Tom was said to have died from cardiac arrest in October 2017. Although the pair had long separated, the news of Tom’s death left Jane heartbroken. Due to the shock, she couldn’t issue a statement on Tom’s death. Sadly, Tom might be gone, but his legacy in the music world will not be forgotten. His memories will continue to live in the hearts of his family, friends, and partners.