Why did Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz split? How ‘death and emotions’ led Hollywood A-list couple to break up

Why did Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz split? How ‘death and emotions’ led Hollywood A-list couple to break up
Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz (Getty Images)

American rocker Lenny Kravitz, 56, the father of actress Zoe Kravitz, has revealed a few interesting details about his relationship with former wife Lisa Bonet in his new memoir ‘Let Love Rule’. In conversation with E!, The ‘Fly Away’ singer noted that he “kind of blew it” when first he met Bonet. Apparently, all he said to her was that he “liked” her hair. 

Kravitz said, “I kind of blew it, I choked. Well, I guess, you know, we went where we went, so I guess it was okay. When we met at the New Edition concert backstage, I was mesmerized and I mean, I did like her hair. It was beautiful.” In his book, Kravitz has also revealed how he saw Bonet on a TV Guide cover, after which he said, “I’m gonna marry that girl.”

Back in the day, Bonet and Kravitz were one of the most happening couples in Hollywood. They were so madly in love with each other that they fought all odds, eloped, got hitched, and even had a daughter. However, their relationship fell apart eventually and the duo decided to part ways. Bonet is currently married to the ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Jason Mamoa, with whom Kravitz shares a cordial relationship. 

Why did Bonet and Kravitz get divorced?

Kravitz reportedly met Bonet during a New Edition concert in the mid-1980s. At the time, Bonet was already a well-established star through her role as Denise Huxtable on ‘The Cosby Show’, while Kravitz was still struggling to make a career. He told Rolling Stone in an interview from 1995, “She was like a female version of me. That woman inspired me so much. It was a magical time that she and I shared. I just opened up artistically.” The press even referred to him as “Mr. Bonet.” Owing to the popularity of his lady love. However, Kravitz was engaged to another woman named Ming See Lau when he first developed feelings for Bonet. Eventually, when he was realized he was simply “obsessed” with Bonet, he called him engagement off with Ming See. 


Lisa Bonet (L) and Lenny Kravitz attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015, in New York City (Getty Images)

Kravitz and Bonet soon became a romantic couple from just friends and roommates. They eloped in 1987 on Bonet’s birthday to Las Vegas and welcomed their daughter Zoe in 1988. Despite setting major relationship goals and falling head over heels in love with each other, the couple separated in 1991 and got divorced in 1993. Speaking of their relationship and what caused them to call it off, Kravitz told Glamour Magazine, “I think I just wasn't ready. I had to take a break. I went through a lot of emotional things, a lot of deaths in my family. But now, I would love to be married. It just has to be the right person, at the right time.”

Even though the musician did what he felt was much-needed, the divorce wasn’t easy on him. He told Rolling Stone, “I was in a tremendous amount of pain when we broke up, tremendous. For, like, six months, I only slept for two hours a day, from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. The rest of the time I was just up, like a zombie. I was floored.” But Bonet and Kravitz have moved on since their divorce and continue to remain close friends to date. 


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