Bernadette Robi is the wife of Sugar Ray Leonard, an American former professional boxer regarded by many as one of the greatest boxers of all time. The duo got married in August 1993 in Pacific Palisades, California, and have been together ever since.
Robi, who was born on April 18, 1958, and so is 69 years old, is the second wife of the celebrated boxer. The former sports swimsuit model is also known for being the ex-wife of Lynn Swann, a former football player, broadcaster, and politician.
Bernadette Robi Is African-American
Bernadette Robi was born on April 18, 1958, in the United States of America, however, her birthplace is not known. The former swimsuit model is currently 69 years old and celebrates her birthday on the 18th of April every year.
Born as the only child to her parents, Paul Robi and Marth Robi, her father was one of the original singers in the American vocal group, The Platters, while her mother’s profession is not known.
Moreso, she grew up in the US under the care and nurture of her parents. She has an African-American heritage and is an American citizen. Bernadette lives a private life and keeps her business away from the prying eyes of the media and as a result, she has not revealed the details of her early days in the public domain.
Bernadette Robi has not revealed anything about her academic qualifications. At the time of writing this article, the schools she attended are not known.
Bernadette Robi And Sugar Ray Leonard Were Introduced by a Mutual Friend
To fans and onlookers, Bernadette Robi and the American boxing legend, Sugar Ray Leonard make an amazing celebrity couple. Their beautiful love story dates back to 1990.
The lovebird first met at a Luther Vandross concert where they were introduced by a mutual friend, Lynda Benson. At the time of their meeting, the former boxer was still relatively unknown and was trying to make something of his career. In his words, Sugar Ray described the situation he was in at the time as “a personal hell”.
He asked Robi out on a first date but did not show up for the date. He would go ahead and stand her up on two other occasions after apologizing for the first time. Thankfully she was not one to give up easily.
On the fourth date, Robi decided to take the bull by the horns. She went to pick him up for dinner instead of waiting for him at the venue and that was the first chapter of their love story.
The Couple Had A Lavish Wedding Ceremony
After dating for almost four years, Bernadette Robi walked down the aisle with her then-longtime boyfriend, Sugar Ray Leonard. The couple tied the knot on August 20, 1993, and their ceremony was a lavish one with 250 guests in attendance.
The ceremony was held at Sugar Ray’s over $8 million Pacific Palisades Estate in Los Angeles. The wedding venue was a beautiful garden adorned with ten thousand roses. Then there was a plane with a banner over the venue. The write-up on the banner was the declaration of the former boxer’s love for his bride.
After the wedding, came a grand honeymoon at the Bel-Air Hotel. The suite had one hundred flickering lights, caviar, champagne, and Kelly G’s music. Since 1993, the couple has kept their vows to date and they celebrated 29 years of marital bliss in 2022. Additionally, there are no rumors of divorce from either of them.
Be that as it may, their marriage is not the first for any of them as Bernadette Robi was previously married to the football star, Lynn Swann. Their union lasted for 22 months and their divorce proceeding was finalized in 1983, however, the couple didn’t share any child together.
Likewise, Sugar Ray Leonard had been married before to Juanita Wilkinson. They had two children – Ray Jr. and Jarrel – together but they were divorced in 1990.
Bernadette Robi Is a Mother Of Two
Bernadette Robi and Sugar Ray Leonard have been married for about three decades and they share two children. They welcomed their first child, Camille Leonard in 1997 while their son, Daniel Ray Leonard, was born in 2000. Furthermore, the 26-year-old Camille is following the career path of her mother as a model. She is also an internet celebrity and runs her own business.
Daniel’s date of birth is not known but he was 21 years old in 2021. There is no public record that reveals what he does for a living.
She Was A Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model
Bernadette Robi was a model, precisely, a sports swimsuit model and she worked with a couple of brands and appeared on the cover of several sports magazines. And even though we know for a fact that she was a swimsuit model, information about her career is still sketchy.
There is no information about the brands she worked with as a swimsuit model nor is there a record of any pageantry she may have taken part in. In fact, her only claim to fame is her marriage to American former boxing champion, Sugar Ray Leonard. After she tied the knot with Ray, Robi shelved her modeling career and focused on building her family.
As of the time of writing, it is not clear if she continued with her career after a while or if she picked up and pursued other interests, however, the former model and wife of boxing legend, Sugar Ray Leonard, is estimated to be worth $500,000.
In comparison, her husband’s mammoth net worth of $120 million dwarfs hers. In his prime, Sugar Ray Leonard was a skilled boxer and also one of the richest boxers that ever existed. Thus, he amassed so much wealth for himself and his family.