The year hasn’t been all that kind to the music I grew up on.
David Bowie, Merle Haggard, and Prince have died, with Prince’s death being just as mysterious as Michael Jackson’s in 2009.
Ozzy Osbourne and Sinead O’Connor each went missing for a spell, with Ozzy currently being treated for sex addiction, reportedly in Mississippi. O’Connor was reported missing a couple of days ago, but was found safe.
With all of that going on, it was easy to miss that one of my favorite singers, Bonnie Tyler (who turns 65 in June), has made a rare (if not unprecedented) appearance in the National Enquirer, among other tabloids. The story sounds like a few of Bonnie’s songs that brought her to prominence in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
It turns out that one of Bonnie’s biggest fans, 25 year old French woman Meghann Pernot, had an affair with Bonnie’s husband, multi-millionaire property developer Robert Sullivan, 67. Sullivan often texted (with one message from Sullivan reportedly reading: “Please tell me something dirty so I can play.”) and had sex with Pernot near where Robert and Bonnie have a home in Portugal, with Meghann often organizing the trysts at nearby Portuguese hotels.
There may also be some kind of management shake-up because of this (obviously), because the website Bonnie’s team has been running for years is inoperable, and her Twitter page hasn’t been updated for months.
If you have to sleep with the husband of a well known singer to get notoriety, you’re probably doing your life wrong, though it sounds to me that Sullivan is a bit of an opportunist in this as well. After all, Pernot had him “dead to rights” on the text messages. But what a mess!