Steve Perry | Source: Getty Images
Steve Perry | Source: Getty Images

Steve Perry Never Had a Wife despite Having Been in Several Serious Relationships

Gaone Pule
Nov 29, 2023
05:15 P.M.

Steve Perry has had a long and very successful singing career. Throughout his life, the veteran star has been romantically involved with several women, although none became his wife.


Grammy Award nominee Steve Perry is a singer-songwriter best known for being the lead vocalist for the rock band Journey and was part of the group on and off over the years.

Moreover, the famed frontman has openly talked about his love life in the past and once admitted that he has been involved in serious relationships throughout the years.


Steve Perry on His Love Life

In an October 2018 interview, Perry revealed that he had dated several women in his life. But he refuses to talk about any of them apart from two specific women. The rocker disclosed that he had never been married and explained:

"I was too scared of it after what I watched my parents go through."


In addition, he refrains from talking about children. There have been speculations online that the woman he has often been pictured with is his daughter, as she resembles him.

But Perry previously insisted that he does not want to have a conversation about kids. "There's a private part of my life that I won't have if I talk about it," the performer explained.

Steve Perry's Relationship with Sherrie Swafford

Although Perry seems mysterious about some parts of his life, the music star has been open about his relationship with his former 1980s girlfriend, Sherrie Swafford. In April 1984, Perry released his studio album "Street Talk," which featured one of his hit songs, "Oh Sherrie," inspired by his then-girlfriend.

A music video wherein Swafford also featured constantly appeared on MTV at the time. Perry candidly talked about their relations and fame, saying he did not get bombarded while out in the public eye with his love then.

An undated photo of Sherrie Swafford and Steve Perry kissing in the kitchen. | Source: Getty Images

An undated photo of Sherrie Swafford and Steve Perry kissing in the kitchen. | Source: Getty Images


He explained they could go to dinner, and most people would not bother them. However, others would come up while they were eating. Several years later, Perry's former companion, Swafford, shared an update on her life since.

In July 2013, she revealed that she became an esthetician and a yoga teacher. Although Swafford never walked down the aisle or had children, she and Perry remained in touch as she referred to him as her "friend."

Steve Perry's Romance with Kellie Nash

Perry moved on from Swafford and later met actress Kellie Nash. He first caught a glimpse of Nash in 2011 when his friend, Patty Jenkins, the director of "Wonder Woman," which stars Gal Gadot, Freddy Carter, and Connie Nielsen, showed him a cut from her other film.

The TV movie is based on breast cancer, and Nash, who played a psychologist, was one of the survivors, and she appeared briefly. She had undergone treatment.


Perry asked Jenkins whether she had Nash's email, and she asked him why. He answered that there was something about her smile that made him swoon. The "Separate Ways" singer asked Jenkins to email Nash, telling her he would love to take her to lunch. She then said to him that Nash's cancer had been in remission but had returned and that she was fighting for her life.

At first, he thought he should stop entertaining the idea of getting in touch with her but went ahead with it either way. Jenkins sent the email, and the two met up for dinner and were together for a year and a half afterward.


Perry continued to date Nash, knowing very well that she was about to die sooner than later. The "Don't Stop Believin" hitmaker said he believed that their love would cure her cancer.

Before Nash died, she made Perry promise that he would stop being reclusive, and he did. The show business star shared that he grieved her loss for two years until he started writing music again. Eighteen months following her death, Perry returned to live performances.

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