For Bruce Springsteen and his wife of three decades, the chemistry was always there. But what truly made them a strong couple was their love and understanding for each other.
Bruce Springsteen may have changed the face of music in the 1970s and 80s with his deep, rough, and smooth voice, but his entire world changed when he met his wife, Patti Scialfa, long before he became "The Boss". And she was there for him at a time when the inner demons he was fighting "crushed" him, according to The Guardian.
The E Street Band leader first met Patti in 1980 at the popular New Jersey Bar, The Stone Pony, according to the Daily Mail. But it wasn't until 1984, when Bruce was organizing his Born In The USA tour, that Patti auditioned to be his backup singer and became the only female band member at the time. Before long, sparks began to fly between them, and during the performances, their immense chemistry brought life to the shows. And they were just as potent off-screen as well; a fact that was obvious to others as well.
Nothing happened at the time though since Bruce was still married to model Julianne Phillips during the latter end of the 1980s. However, their marriage broke down and in 1989, they were divorced. Two years later, Patti and the Tougher Than The Rest singer finally gave into their chemistry. Not long after the divorce proceedings were put into motion, the couple moved in together. But there was something even more special about Patti.
As per Vintage News, in his memoir titled Born To Run, Bruce shared that he had begun suffering anxiety attacks after marrying Julianne, something that supposedly showed he wasn't prepared to be committed. He even wrote that before his marriage to her, all his relationships lasted around only two to three years. That wasn't the case with Patti though.
"Patti's been in love with Bruce for as long as I can remember," said the singer's high school art teacher, Curtis K Smith, to People in 1988. "We'd always heard this and that about Patti and Bruce from [her brother] Michael. It wasn't a big surprise around here when it finally came into the open." Three decades and three children later, they're still head over heels for each other. And that love and support is what helped the 71-year-old Long Walk Home soloist get through the depression he suffered, he told Esquire.
"She was stable enough and strong enough and she brought a lot of love," Bruce said, according to the Daily Mail. "So those were very healing things over a long period of time." He also explained what he had been through during his difficult years in the memoir. "I was crushed between sixty and sixty-two, good for a year and out again from sixty-three to sixty-four. Not a good record." Patti was his saving grace though. "Patti will observe a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerin and running quickly out of track... she gets me to the doctors and says, 'This man needs a pill,'" he continued.
Like any couple, they had to figure out how to make their relationship strong and healthy, especially after having gone through so much. And they did. "She had a lot of understanding of where I was coming from and some of the choices I make and a little bit about the twisted parts of my personality that she knew how to handle and live with better than some of my other relationships," Bruce revealed to BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs, according to BreakingNews. “It was a lovely beginning to what’s been a very beautiful relationship.”
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