Jayne Posner is the first wife of Neil Diamond. Jayne Posner’s husband is one of the best-selling musicians of all time with more than 130 million records worldwide. For his art, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Jayne Posner: Bio Summary
|wife of Neil Diamond
|83 years old as of 2023
|Date of Birth
|Place of Birth
|New York, United States of America
|Elyn Diamond, Marjorie Diamond
|Neil Diamond (m. 1963–1969)
Who is Neil Diamond’s first wife?
Jayne Posner was born in 1940 in New York, United States of America. As of 2023, he is 83 years old. Jayne gained much of her fame from being the wife of the legendary singer. There isn’t much information available regarding Posner’s parents, siblings, and close relatives; hence, it is impossible to paint a picture of her childhood. However, she went to Abraham Lincoln high school for her O levels together with her famous ex-husband. She proceeded to the university and majored in business administration.
How did Neil Diamond and his first wife Jayne Posner meet?
Per Sources, Diamond and Posner were High School sweethearts at Abraham Lincoln High School. The singer was just 17 when they meet. Even though he has not started doing any serious music then they meet, he got his first guitar on his 16th birthday which help shape his career.
While developing his skills of writing songs, Diamond also wrote poems for girls he was attracted to in school, he soon learned it often won their hearts. Young Diamond spent the summer after graduation working as a waiter in the Catskills resort area. There he first met Jayne Posner, who would years later become his wife. With some songs and Poems, the singer won the heart of Posner.
Jayne Posner was the inspiration for the singer’s first love song – Hear Them Bells, a little-remembered ditty that goes: “My darling, I need you more each day/ I’d be contented dear, if only you’d say/ I’ll be yours forever, sweetheart”. The sentiments worked sufficiently well for them to marry in their early twenties.
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Talking about his first wife Neil Diamond said-“It wasn’t a ploy to win her over, I wanted to get her a gift but I didn’t have a penny to my name, so I said, OK, I’ll make up a song. I’d never even thought of writing a song before, but I came up with this thing called Hear Them Bells. It was about getting married and I guess she probably liked the idea of having a song written for her, more than the song itself, because it really wasn’t great.”
Jayne Posner was a high school teacher
Diamond signed with Columbia Records as a solo performer in 1962 and the following year in 1963 at the age of 22, he made the bold decision to tie the knot with his high school sweetheart Jayne. They married in a beautiful wedding ceremony in the presence of their friends, families, and loved ones. Jayne was a high school teacher.
Their marriage was blessed with two daughters- Elyn Diamond and Marjorie Diamond– but ended in 1967 when they separated. The couple finalized the divorce in 1969 after being together for about 6 years. The singer has not revealed much about the cause of their divorce. However, he got married again in December of that same year.
Describing the experience the Legendary singer said per Dailymail– “It’s a terrible thing when a marriage breaks up, especially when you have kids,” he said, “but I’d been on the road for five years, taking any job that was offered. I was exhausted, my marriage was over and I was with a new girl with whom it was starting to look serious“
As said earlier, Jayne worked as a trained teacher in New York, although she left the teaching field after marriage. For someone who is not interested in being famous, she prefers life away from the limelight, and details about her personal life and endeavors have been kept private.
Where is Neil Diamond’s ex-wife Jayne Posner now?
As side earlier, Jayne Posner is a very private person and has been staying away from the limelight since their marriage came to an end. She has not been granted any interviews or made any headlines in recent years. However, according to sources, after the separation, she devoted her life to raising her kids- Elyn Diamond and her sister Marjorie lived in New Jersey with their mother and stepfather and with their father’s support.
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While it is unclear who Jayne Posner is married to, Diamond on the other hand tied the knot with production assistant Marcia Murphey. They had two sons (Jesse and Micah) and remained married until 1994 when they ended their marriage. Diamond moved on to date his then-manager, Rae Farley. They never got married which left Diamond unencumbered when he fell in love with video producer (and now manager) Katie McNeil who he is 29 years older than. They got married in 2012 and are still together as of 2023.