Erin Everly: Here Are 5 Things To Know About Axl Rose’s Ex-wife

Erin Everly is the ex-wife of Axl Rose, an American singer and songwriter serving as the frontman of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. Erin and Axl began dating in 1986 and married four years later on April 28, 1990. Their union did not last long, as Rose first filed for divorce after a month. While the couple survived that breakup, they ultimately ended things in January 1991 when the marriage was annulled.

Axl Rose’s ex-wife is a former model who started her career as a 16-year-old. The 58 year old born on 8th November 1965 is the daughter of singer Don Everly of The Everly Brothers.

Erin Everly’s Biography Summary

Age/Date of Birth:
58 years old (8 November 1965)
5 feet, 5 inches (1.68 m)
Husband or Boyfriend:Jack Portman (m. 1997–2006), Axl Rose (m. 1990–1991)
Parents:Father: Don Everly,
Mother: Venetia Stevenson
Net Worth:$1 million

Who Is Erin Everly and Where Was She Born?

Erin Everly is Axl Rose’s ex-wife who was born in Los Angeles, California on 8th November 1965, with the birth name, Erin Invicta Everly. She received her college education with her siblings in Buckley School in Sherman Oaks of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles but they later transferred to continue their college education at a public school when their parents began to struggle financially.

Early in Everly’s life, around the 1970s, her parents got separated and it was said that the divorce was a result of her father’s struggle with drugs.

In 1982, at the age of 16, she moved to New York City to pursue her passion for modeling and eventually built a successful career as a model and actress. Around the 1980s, Everly appeared in ads and commercials and did promotions for brands like Bebe, Guess, Jordache and others.

In 1988, she was the inspiration behind “Sweet Child O Mine” where she was featured along with Axl Rose in collaboration with his band for the Guns ‘N Roses video. In 1992, she landed a contract with Wilhelmina Models Agency.

Erin Everly became more popular following her relationship with Axl Rose. Their romance began in 1986, continued for four years and they got married at the Cupid’s Inn Chapel in Las Vegas on April 28, 1990. However, their marriage lasted only 10 months.

Erin Everly and Axl Rose’s Relationship

Erin Everly Erin Invicta Everly was born on November 8, 1965, in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, a famous rock and roll duo. Erin Everly became a model and is perhaps best known for her marriage to Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses.
Relationship Beginnings Axl Rose and Erin Everly’s relationship began in the late 1980s. They met in 1986 at a party in Los Angeles, when Erin was just 21 years old. Their relationship was tumultuous from the start, with both passionate highs and extreme lows.
Marriage Axl Rose and Erin Everly got married on April 28, 1990, in Las Vegas. The marriage was reportedly impulsive and was characterized by volatility and legal disputes.
Marriage Duration and Dissolution The marriage was short-lived. Axl Rose filed for an annulment just a few months later, in July 1990, but the couple reconciled briefly. The annulment was withdrawn, but eventually, Erin Everly filed for divorce in early 1991, citing personal differences and alleging physical and emotional abuse. The divorce was finalized later that year.
Children Erin Everly and Axl Rose did not have any children together. However, Erin Everly has children from a subsequent marriage.
After the Marriage After their separation, Erin Everly kept a low profile, staying out of the public eye for the most part. In contrast, Axl Rose continued his career with Guns N’ Roses, which saw fluctuating success and numerous lineup changes over the years. Erin Everly later testified in support of a lawsuit filed by another of Rose’s ex-girlfriends, further bringing to light the alleged abuse within her relationship with Rose.
Legal and Public Issues The relationship and subsequent breakup were highly publicized, involving legal battles over allegations of physical and emotional abuse. These allegations contributed to Axl Rose’s controversial reputation.
Legacy Erin Everly is often remembered in the context of her relationship with Axl Rose, particularly because she was the inspiration behind Guns N’ Roses’ hit song “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” Despite the tumultuous nature of their relationship, this connection remains a notable aspect of her public persona.

Other Facts About Erin Everly

1. Erin Everly’s Parents Were Both Entertainers

Erin Everly’s father was the popular Don Everly, a rock and roll artist that performed with the Everly Brothers. Her mum, Venetia Stevenson, was an actress and later a cloth designer.

Her maternal grandfather Robert Stevenson was a director, and her grandmother, Anna Lee was an actress. Her paternal grandfather was a talented guitarist, while her grandmother was a musician. She has a brother named Edan, who made a career in the music industry and a sister named Stacey, who also became an actress.

2. Erin Everly suffered from dyslexia as a child

As a child, Erin was said to have suffered from dyslexia — a learning disorder characterized by difficulty in reading as a result of the sufferer being unable to identify speech sounds and how letters and words relate to them.

Like everyone one else who suffered from dyslexia, it posed a huge challenge to Erin Everly in her academic work. Although reports have it that the disorder is hereditary, no news has been made available with regards to whom the model inherited it from in her family.

3. She had a maniac husband with twisted views

What could have caused a divorce not long into marriage especially, after a long-term relationship? This was the big question on everyone’s mind when news of their divorce filtered through the airwaves. Erin later stated that her marriage to Rose couldn’t last because it was an abusive one.

She accused her ex-lover of physical and sexual assault and sued him, alleging that he removed all the doors in her home so that she could always be monitored. She said that Rose believed that he was possessed by the spirit of Jon Bonham, a drummer who passed on long ago.

She explained her ex-husband’s weird view of them having a past life in which they were Indians and that she killed their children in that life which was why he was being so mean to her in the present life.

Erin Everly

Rose filed for a divorce in the early days of their marriage but withdrew it when he found out his wife, Erin was with child. She later had a miscarriage and this further brought down the walls of their marriage. They eventually agreed to have a divorce after 10 months and separated in January 1991.

Their story nevertheless didn’t end in 1991 as in 1994, Erin went public with her claim of receiving physical, sexual and emotional abuse all through her relationship with Rose. A lawsuit worth millions of dollars was filed against Rose eventually and he made payments to Erin to end the lawsuit though the figures weren’t made public.

4. Erin had numerous affairs after her failed marriage to Axl Rose

Shortly after she broke up with Rose in 1991, Erin Everly dated Mathew Nelson for barely a year, and then she dated Donovan Leitch and Anthony Kiedis at different periods in 1992. She also dated David Arquette in 1993 all of which were short-lived.

5. She had a second failed marriage

Erin Everly remarried in 1997 to John C. Portman who was Vice Chairman of Portman Holdings and also John Portman and Associates in Atlanta, Georgia. Before their marriage, George had a child, Joannah Portman, who ventured into acting.

Erin and John had 3 children; 2 girls named Eres and Esper and a boy named Eason. However, like her first marriage, Erin Everly’s second marriage to John ended in divorce in 2006. Her new partner was given as Matthew Klyn, a landscape architect based in Atlanta.

Where is Erin Everly Now?

Erin Everly, the former model now turned housewife lives a private life away from the glare of the media. In a news article about her published on, it was reported that her reason for avoiding publicity is so that her children can have a normal life as much as it is possible.

Being that she now lives her life away from the glare of the media and public, there is a dearth of information on Erin’s current whereabouts. However, going by the scanty information on a website Yahoo credited as belonging to her——the website credited her as an author.

Profile Summary
First Name:Erin
Last Name:Everly
Also Known As:
Famous For:Guns N' Roses: Sweet Child O' Mine (1988)
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Buckley School in Sherman Oaks of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles
Educational Qualifications:
College degree
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
58 years old (8 November 1965)
Zodiac Sign:Scorpio
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Country of Residence:
United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
5 feet, 5 inches (1.68 m)
54 kg (119.05 lbs)
Eye Colour:
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Marital Status:
Jack Portman (m. 1997–2006), Axl Rose (m. 1990–1991)
Family and Relatives
Don Everly,
Mother:Venetia Stevenson
3 children - Eres Portman, Esper Portman, Easan Portman
Siblings:Edan Everly - Brother
Stacy Everly - Sister
Other Relatives:
Margaret Embry Grandparents - Everly, Anna Lee, Robert Stevenson, Isaac Milford "Ike" Everly, Jr.
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$1 million
Source of Wealth:
Acting career


What is Erin Everly’s Age?

Erin Everly is 58 years old as of 2024. She was born Erin Invicta Everly in Los Angeles, California, on 8th November 1965.

What is Erin Everly’s Net Worth?

Erin Everly’s net worth is estimated at about $1.6 million as of 2024. This comes from her involvement in her father’s business and also from her acting and modeling careers.

Ernestina Ginikanwa
Ernestina Ginikanwa
Ernestina is a writer who loves telling stories and being up to date with recent news headlines. The limited free time she can carve out is for catching up on her favorite TV shows and spending more time with her family.


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