Frances Glandney is a 82-year-old fashion designer and businesswoman who came to the attention of the public in the early 2000s when she got married to music legend Smokey Robinson.
Despite the fact that she became better known following her famed marriage, she is more than just a celebrity wife. Frances has been independent way before she got hitched to her mega-star husband. Her vivacious personality is very evident in the flamboyant attires she wears whenever she accompanies her husband for any of the numerous red carpet occasions they love to attend.
With a badass reputation for never getting caught in a bad picture, Frances has managed to hold her own in every possible way and has done so perfectly for the past 20 years. Being a celebrity wife usually comes with excessive public scrutiny, yet Frances Glandney appears to be in a category of her own.
The stunning fashion diva has managed to remain cloaked in her veil of mystery for almost two decades and in this article, we will try to unmask as much of the socialite as possible.
Frances Gladney Is A Social Ghost
Frances was born in a settlement area in California in the 1950s. As the wife of someone as famous as Smokey, one would have expected certain details about her childhood to come to light but this has not been the case. There is absolutely no record of Frances’ parents or siblings. However, it is clear that one or both of her parents are of African descent; this is especially evident in Frances’ appearance – Frances is not Caucasian but has an African American background. Reports also suggest that she went to a local public high school in California. Although Frances has never confirmed it, information out there tells us that she is well-educated and has acquired her Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university.
Smokey Robinson’s Current Wife Was Born In 1970
When it comes to how much information about them is revealed to the public, Frances Glandney and her companion are two polar opposites. Smokey, who was born in the year 1940, is 82 years old currently. In Frances’ case, some unconfirmed sources report her year of birth to be 1970. If these reports are true, it would place her age in the early fifties and that would mean that she and her husband have a thirty-year difference between them.
This is clearly a much larger difference than Smokey had with his first wife, Claudette, whom he was only two years older than. It looks like the legendary Smokey decided to go for who caught his fancy and so far, almost twenty years later, they still appear completely happy with each other. And we can’t blame them, this celebrity couple always looks dashing on any red carpet and it’s obvious to see that they balance each other perfectly. If aging gracefully was a couple, it would be Smokey Robinson and his wife Frances.
Frances Glandney Met Her Husband Through Work
A famous singer did say love could be found in unexpected places, and this was certainly so with Frances and Smokey. They met sometime in the late nineties but it was based on a business relationship. Smokey revealed that he was captivated by a striking interior decorator he had contracted to renovate his houses around that time. This interior decorator was none other than Frances who wasn’t too sure about the appropriateness of getting into a romantic relationship with a client. The relationship, however, remained casual for some years before they became an official item in 2000. Frances appeared to get over her reservations pretty quickly because they got married very shortly after that.
How Long Have Frances Glandney & Smokey Robinson Been Married?
Like we stated much earlier, Frances Glandney is the second wife of Smokey Robinson. The couple got married in May 2002 and have been as thick as thieves ever since. Their wedding ceremony was a very private affair and only very close friends and family members attended the wedding. By this time, Frances had started accompanying her lover for some major award events which triggered the paparazzi who monitored Smokey’s every move.
Before they got married, a lot of people were curious about the mysterious lady who was always on the singer’s arm but they needn’t have worried too much. Their public displays of affection and their radiant smiles in pictures said it all: this was a couple that loved each other very much. Even as they get older, they enjoy providing huge emotional support for each other. Their 20-year marriage has remained relatively peaceful and devoid of any scandals. Considering Smokey’s past reputation, it’s good to see that true love does change people.
Frances Never Got To Have Any Biological Children
Despite being married to her husband Smokey for almost twenty years, she has not welcomed any child with him. However, she is the stepmother to Smokey’s three children all born from his previous relationships. The first two children were from his first marriage to Claudette and their names are Berry Robinson and Tamla Robinson. While Berry was born in 1968 and is currently 54, Tamla was born in 1971 and is 51 years old.
Robinson also has a son named Trey, born in 1984 from an extramarital relationship. Trey is 38 years old currently. Going by the ages of Smokey’s first two children, Frances is only their stepmother on a technical basis as they are all within the same age range. And while we agree that the family tree might be a little twisted, we have to give it to Frances for maintaining a warm relationship with all of Smokey’s children.
Frances Glandney Has Always Made Her Own Money
It is usually assumed that all celebrity wives do is sit around and spend their husband’s money. Frances would probably laugh at that notion because she had been working way before she met Smokey. As a fashion designer in the early 2000s, and an interior decorator in the late nineties, she has always been a very industrious woman. She and her husband also own a few companies together: a winery and a skincare line named ‘Skinphonic’.
Launched in 2016, the skincare brand was created to cater to the specific skin needs of people of color seeing that the beauty shelves were always full of white skincare products. When you put all these together, Frances appears to be doing really well and has acquired a sizeable fortune. Her net worth is estimated to be between $500,000 and $1,000,000 as of 2021.