Bob Marley Fathered 12 Acknowledged Children with Allegedly More Than 7 Women – Get to Know Them

In the course of his 36-year-long life, the iconic Jamaican singer had more than 10 children with at least 8 different women, and many of them followed their father’s steps and became musicians.

Passing away in 1981, Jamaican reggae legend Robert “Bob” Nesta Marley would have turned 75 years old in February 2020, and while he is not physically among us anymore, his legacy remains as alive as ever.

Worldwide famous not only for having turned reggae into an international phenomenon but also for his message of peace, love, and justice, he has grown to the status of an icon with a huge social media following nearly 30 years after his death.

Bob Marley relaxes with friends in front of his house at 56 Hope Road on July 9, 1970 in Kingston, Jamaica. I Image: Getty Images.

Bob Marley relaxes with friends in front of his house at 56 Hope Road on July 9, 1970 in Kingston, Jamaica. I Image: Getty Images.

In the more than 20 years that Bob was married to Rita Marley (born Alpharita Anderson), the two had a somewhat open relationship, and while they shared only three children together, they raised most of their children from outside the marriage together as one big family. Here is a little of each one of the Marley siblings.

ZIGGY MARLEY

51-year-old Ziggy is Bob’s firstborn son, shared with his wife Rita. Ziggy is also a musician, like some of his siblings, and he has at least 15 albums out as a solo artist.

SHARON MARLEY 

55-year-old Sharon is Rita Marley’s daughter from a previous relationship to her marriage to Bob, who went on to adopt Sharon and give her his last name. She is the oldest of all the siblings and is also a singer.

CEDELLA MARLEY

52-year-old Cedella is the second child born from Bob and Rita, and she is a singer like both her parents. However, Cedella, named after Bob’s mother, is best known for being the one in charge of the brands associated with her father’s name, like Tuff Gone and Marley Natural.

ROBBIE MARLEY

48-year-old Robert Marley Jr. named after his father, usually goes by Robbie to not be confused with Bob. The son of Bob with a woman named Pat Williams, Robbie grew up living with Bob and Rita. Robbie did not pursue a music career and is more interested in graphic arts.

KAREN MARLEY

47-year-old Karen was also born outside of Bob’s marriage to Rita. Although she grew up in Jamaica with the rest of the Marley siblings, she is the daughter of English born Janet Bowen. She has focused on fashion professionally.

DAMIAN MARLEY

42-year-old Damian, known as “Junior Gong” after his father’s nickname “Tuff Gong,” is Bob’s youngest son. He was born out of Bob’s relationship with former beauty queen Cindy Breakspeare. Also a successful musician, his influences include not only reggae but also newer sounds like dancehall and Hip-Hop.

STEPHEN MARLEY

48-year-old Stephen is the youngest of Bob and Rita’s sons, and he had the privilege of performing on stage with his father at age 8. He is also a musician and has produced many of his sibling’s releases.

ROHAN MARLEY

48-year-old Rohan is the son of Bob with a woman named Janet Hunt. Not a musician himself, he was once married to Hip Hop singer Lauryn Hill, with whom he shares five children. He is into the coffee business and owns the brand Marley Coffee.

JULIAN MARLEY

45-year-old Julian is the son of Bob with a woman named Lucy Pounder. Born in England, Julian is a musician as well, and he frequently collaborates with his siblings.

KY-MANI MARLEY

44-year-old Ky-Mani didn’t grow up in the Marley household. He was fathered by Bob with table tennis champion Anita Belnavis and currently lives in Miami. Apart from being a Hip Hop and reggae musician, he is an actor.

MAKEDA JAHNESTA

39-year-old Makeda Jahnesta was born to Yvette Crichton and Bob, who was already dead when his youngest daughter was born.

STEPHANIE MARLEY

45-year-old Stephanie is the daughter of Rita with a man outside of her marriage to Bob, with the legendary reggae singer adopting her as one of his own and giving her his last name as well.

To commemorate both Bob’s 75th birthday and the 40th anniversary of “Redemption Song,” one of Bob’s most easily recognized tunes, the entire family is taking part in organizing the year-long celebrations.

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