Annie Martell is the ex-wife of the late John Denver, an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, humanitarian, and activist known for popularizing acoustic folk music in the 1970s. The duo were married from 1967 to 1982.
Denver’s second ex-wife was born on September 6, 1946, putting her current age at 77. She is a former American school commissioner who has been living in Aspen, Colorado since her marriage to the famous singer ended.
Annie Martell was Born in Minnesota
Annie Martell was born on September 6, 1946, in St. Peter, Minnesota, in the United States of America, which makes her an American citizen. She is of Caucasian ethnicity and was born under the Virgo zodiac sign.
The daughter of Jim Martell and Norma Martell, Annie Martell is not a lone child. She has three siblings named Linda Nelson, Teri Martell, and Ben Martell but nothing is known about what they do for a living. The same is the case with their parents.
Annie Martell is well educated, though she has not revealed the names and locations of the schools that she attended for her basic and high school studies. However, she reportedly graduated from a local high school in St. Peters before enrolling in college. She attended Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, in the United States, but she has never revealed her course of study.
Annie Martell and Her Ex-husband, John Denver, Met In 1966
Though Annie Martell’s marriage to her husband ended, they had a very sweet beginning. The duo reportedly met at a concert that was held in Minnesota in 1966. After some time, they went into a relationship that lasted a year before they made their relationship official the following year.
She Became John Denver’s Wife In 1967
In 1967, Annie Martell and John Denver exchanged their nuptial vows. There are no details about where they had their wedding ceremony. The type of wedding that they had at that time is also not known.
Meanwhile, after their wedding, they lived in Edina, Minnesota. A few years later, they relocated to Aspen, Colorado, where they lived until their marriage crashed in 1982. In 1974, John Denver wrote and sang a song titled Annie, which was more of a tribute to his ex-wife.
Why Did Annie Martell Divorce John Denver?
Annie Martell revealed the cause of their divorce in an interview with People. She said that she felt insecure and overwhelmed by her husband’s fame. She also stated that his then newfound fame led them to non-communication. This led to a brief separation that lasted just six days, which felt like three months to Annie.
At the time of the separation, John Denver felt devastated and fled to Switzerland. Annie, on her part, would wake up at 4 a.m. and cry till she fell asleep. Their marital issues did not end until 1982, after they finally decided to pull the plug on their union.
After their divorce, John revealed that the demand for his career drove them apart. On the other hand, Annie revealed that they were too young to handle a relationship while dealing with her ex-husband’s fame. Though their divorce settlements were not disclosed, they reportedly split their property. This did not sit well with the singer, who reportedly tried to choke his ex-wife and also cut their matrimonial bed in two with a chainsaw.
They Are Parents To Two Children
While Annie Martell and John Denver were still married, the singer revealed that he could not make children, which made them adopt. Here is all you need to know about the children the ex-couple adopted.
Zachary John Denver
Zachary John Denver is the couple’s oldest child. He was born on May 24, 1974, in Colorado, in the United States of America. The identity of his biological parents has never been revealed, but according to Annie, she has a close relationship with them. Details about his educational background is also unknown, but it is believed that he is well educated.
With a father who has successfully carved a niche for himself in the music sector, a lot of people might have expected of Zachary to tread his father’s path. However, he took a different career path and is an active social worker and politician (formerly a member of the United Party of America). He is currently married to his wife Jennifer, with whom he has a son. Zachary lives with his family in Basalt, Colorado.
Anna Kate Denver
Anna Kate Denver, the younger child adopted by the ex-couple, was born in 1976. Despite having a father who is very much in the spotlight, she keeps a low profile. Following this, details about the schools that she attended have not been disclosed. Nevertheless, it is believed that she attained a good level of education following her father’s status.
She only made headlines in 2011 when she attended her father’s Music Hall of Fame induction with her siblings. Just like Zachary, she took a different career path, though what she has her hands on is not known. She is currently married to Jaime Hutter, an investment banker, philanthropist, and private equity investor.
The couple is a proud parents to a daughter, Daisy Eloise, whom they welcomed on December 11, 2011. Anna lives with her husband and daughter in Wanaka, New Zealand.
Where Is Annie Martell Now?
Annie Martell currently resides in Aspen, Colorado. There are no details on what she is currently doing, though she has worked as an American school commissioner in the past. She has remained single to this day.
Meanwhile, her ex-husband, John Denver, remarried before his death. He got married to an Australian actress, Cassandra Delany, in 1988. Their marriage was short-lived, as they separated in 1991 and finalized their divorce in 1993. They welcoming a daughter, Jesse Bell together.
Four years after he finalized his divorce from his second wife, the singer died in 1997 at the age of 53 after the small plane that he was testing crashed with only him onboard.