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Rob Thomas’ Wife: 5 Things To Know About Marisol Maldonado

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Rob Thomas’ Wife: 5 Things To Know About Marisol Maldonado

There’s only one woman who’s been able to get Rob Thomas to give her his heart and make it real – and that’s Marisol Maldonado. Here’s what you need to know about the wife of the Matchbox 20 frontman and ‘Smooth’ singer.

“We’re friends. Above everything else, she’s my best friend,” Rob Thomas told Us Weekly when discussing his wife, Marisol Maldonado. Despite thinking he would live the “single rock guy” lifestyle, the Matchbox 20 singer has been happily married for over two decades. Together, Rob and Marisol have raised his son, Maison, and have carved out a happy life together. “She’s the one that I like to spend the most time with,” he said. “If something’s happening and she doesn’t know about it, it doesn’t feel like it’s happening.”

The “Push” singer’s relationship has been one of the longest-lasting and most stable marriages in alternative rock history. Yet, this love story wouldn’t have begun had Rob not decided to hit up a post-show soiree. For those curious about the woman who has guided Rob – both personally and professionally – since the late 1990s, here’s what you need to know about Rob Thomas’s wife.

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1. Rob Thomas’s Wife, Marisol Maldonado, Is A Former Model

Marisol Maldonado is a New York City model of Puerto Rican and Spanish descent, according to a 2000 profile in People magazine. The two met at an afterparty and conducted a months-long courtship by phone before he took her on their first date – a music festival in Boston. It was love at first sight.

Soon after that first date, Rob proposed. The couple tied the knot on Oct. 2, 1999. “I wasn’t looking for a girlfriend, and I definitely wasn’t looking for a wife,” Rob told People in 2000. “I was looking to be the single rock guy. [But] I knew the second I kissed her that I would never, ever kiss another person.”

2. Marisol Maldonado Met Rob Thomas In The Late 1990s

“Right before my son [Maison] was born, I was in Montreal, and I met the woman who 20 years later is still my wife,” Rob told Forbes in 2019. “I met Marisol then. She was one of the biggest turns in my life to really start to figure out who I was as an adult. And she met me when we were still on the road. I was more famous than she thought that I was, but less famous than I thought I was. I was just a guy with a song on the radio, but I thought that was a big f-cking deal.”

“Rob and I met for literally 10 minutes,” she told People in 2000. “When I left, I looked at my girlfriend and said, ‘That’s the man I’m going to marry.’” She still laughed off Rob’s fame. “Girls are like, ‘My God! Do you realize that’s Rob Thomas?!’ I think it’s really funny. He’s a boy who’s very sloppy and has to be shown where the hamper is.”

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Rob Thomas, left, and Marisol Maldonado arrive at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2019 (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

3. She Has Battled Many Health Issues In Her Life.

In 2015, Marisol underwent brain surgery to remove a lesion. Afterward, she was diagnosed “with several tick-borne diseases,” according to Us Weekly, including Neurologic Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Bartonella. These infections are thought to have triggered “Hashimoto’s disease and Lupus-like symptoms, as well as Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia.” Rob told Us that these health issues are a “lifelong thing that she’s kind of [dealing with.] We’re in the mode of trying to control things more than try and cure them.”

“We’ve learned a lot of perspective on those things,” he told Us. “When you don’t have as many good days, when you have them, you really appreciate them, and you really know what to do with them. And maybe what would have been a bad day doesn’t seem so bad sometimes. We kind of realized that there’s certain things that we have, and that we’re really lucky.”

4. Marisol Has Been A Huge Influence On Rob’s Life – And His Career.

“She kind of came in right at that time and shared all these experiences with me,” Rob told Forbes. “And then informed a lot of the decisions I’ve made since then, between our foundation with [animal rescue foundation] Sidewalk Angels; some of the best songs I think I’ve ever written all came out of our relationship, and she runs my career with me and my manager. She’s the first person to hear everything I write. She’s always picked the singles.”

5. She Almost Called It Quits With Rob — Until He Won Her Back. 

Things haven’t always been easy for Rob and Marisol. Keep in mind that he shortly became a father after falling for her at that Montreal afterparty. Plus, he was about to experience the peak of his mainstream success. “When I first met her, it was just a lot, me being on the road, me having a son, her going to college and not knowing if she wanted to date a guy that lived this kind of life,” Rob told Forbes. “So I went and wrote ‘If You’re Gone,’ which was kind of a song to get her back. And I’m not sure if the song worked, but I don’t think it hurt.”

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Will Forte’s MacGruber Fails To Diffuse Bomb In ‘SNL’ Sketch With Kristen Wiig

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‘MacGruber’ is back! Wille Forte revived the beloved character for a hilarious ‘SNL’ sketch on Jan. 22.

Will Forte, 51, brought MacGruber back to Saturday Night Live! Fresh off the opening monologue, the show went right into the sketch which featured Will as the title character and former co-star Kristin Wiig as Vicki in a Bank Control Room. “If we don’t dismantle the C4 explosive, this building is going to explode sky high — 60 seconds!” Vicki declared to Will’s MacGruber.

“Okay, don’t worry gang — we can do this if we work together as a team. I know this whole COVID situation is really changed the game, so we gotta be smart about this. We’re in a small room with very limited airflow,” he explained calmly over the alarm. “Great thinking, MacGruber!” Vicki said, as she handed him the can. Both then handed them their masks as he lit them on fire in a can.

“MacGruber, what are you doing?” a confused Vicki said, noting she “really wanted to wear that mask.” Will’s MacGruber felt he could “finally breathe” as he reminded them he’s “vaxxed and relaxed.” Only problem? The vaccine card read Fizer, not Pfizer — prompting Vicki to wonder what vaccine he act. “If there was a P in front of Fizer, it would be Puh-fizer.”

Will Forte’s MacGruber made a re-appearance on ‘sNL.’ (NBC)

He then admitted he wasn’t vaccinated. “Okay, fine, I’m not you bunch of Karens — I’m not getting that stupid shot, alright,” he said. “I don’t want the government putting a tracking advice in my scrotum…I have a brain and let me assure you, I’m totally anti-semitic,” he then added, confusingly.

“We may not agree on this hoax vaccine, but one thing we can agree on is that I know how to diffuse bombs,” he then reminded them — but it turns out it was too little too late, as the bomb went off. Whoops!

Beyond Will’s initial SNL sketch run with MacGruber, the character spawned a highly popular Super Bowl ad in 2009. A year later, Lorne Michaels produced a film starring Will as MacGruber along with Kristen’s Vicki. The iconic character has been most recently revived for a Peacock series that premiered back in December, and per Will’s opening monologue, has been picked up for season two.

On the Jan. 22 show, MacGruber appeared for a second appearance where he once again assured his friends that he had things under control (all while wearing a cut-out face mask). “Don’t worry — I heard your concerns and I’m following all the protocols,” he said, noting the hole in his mask was to avoid “breathing in” toxins.

“There’s no reason to be scared — I’ve done a ton of research and I’m following the science now.” He then ingested several pills and drank bleach from a straw in a bizarre series of moves. He admitted he didn’t have COVID, but horse worms and herpes. “Punked!” he said on the worm situation, proceeding to eat them (turns out they were spaghetti).

“The bomb!” Vicki then reminded. “My information is 100 percent QAnon insane –” he got cut off as the bomb went off a second time. Oops!

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Willem Dafoe Crashes Will Forte’s Opening Monologue On ‘SNL’ With Lorne Michaels — Watch

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Kristen Wiig also popped up to support her friend and ‘MacGruber’ cast mate Will Forte during his first-ever ‘SNL’ hosting gig!

Will Forte, 51, was set to make his Saturday Night Live hosting debut on Jan. 22 — but it turns out show runner Lorne Michaels may have made a scheduling error, because Willem Dafoe thought it was his week (he’s scheduled for Jan. 29). The miscommunication came up towards the end of Will’s opening monologue, where he was being played off the stage with music.

“I just want to take a minute to say how much this show has meant to me — I started my career here. It’s always supported me,” the MacGruber star said as the music started. Wait a second, are you playing me off during my own monologue? I’ve waited 12 freaking years for this! Have you guys seen some of the idiots that have hosted this show?” he quipped, before offering to take a question from one person — Lorne.

“Alright, fine — I’ll take one question. You, sir!” he pointed out to the audience, picking Lorne. “I’m so sorry, Will — there’s been a mistake!” Lorne, who created SNL, explained with Willem by his side. “Hey!” a confused Willem, rocking a black short, greeted Will. Will then said, “Wait…but Willem Dafoe? You’re hosting next week!”

Lorne Michaels and Willem Dafoe popped up during Will Forte’s opening monologue. (NBC)

“I’m pretty sure it’s this week!” Willem, who recently starred in the new Spider-Man film, said. Lorne then reasoned, “You think I would book someone named Will, then someone name Willem?” Forte seemed stressed with his next emotional outburst: “Oh my god, this is not happening! But you texted me to to come host, Lorne!” The show runner explained it was an “autocorrect” issue — but he really meant to text Willem.

Earlier in the monologue, Kristen Wiig also popped in to support her friend Will Forte. “Tonight, it’s all about me!” he declared just as the former SNL cast member popped up behind him in a mult-colored lamé dress. “Well, I’m so excited to me here…I flew in for this!” she said to Will, to suggested maybe it was “not a good time.” She then hilariously said, “Well, back to North Korea…it was really hard to get out” as she sauntered off the stage. “I don’t love that she got more applause than when I came out!” Will told the audience.

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Ashley Benson Rocks Daisy Dukes & Orange Crop Top Amid Rumors She’s Back With G-Eazy — Photos

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The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ alum showed off her style in a revealing ensemble as she was spotted solo amid rumors she reunited with her rapper ex.

Ashley Benson is certainly giving a reason for G-Eazy to get back together with her, if they haven’t reconciled already! The Pretty Little Liars alum, 32, looked simply gorgeous as she stepped out to run some errands in Los Angeles on Friday (January 21). Rocking a tiny orange crop top and skimpy daisy dukes, the actress — who split with the rapper back in February of 2021 — showed off her flawless figure for the daytime outing. She paired the casual look with a black leather motorcycle jacket, black sneakers, sunglasses and an oversized purple bag. Allowing her natural beauty to shine, she went virtually makeup free and swept her trademark sandy blonde locks up in a messy bun.

Ashley Benson is spotted running errands in Los Angeles on January 21, 2022. (SL, Terma / BACKGRID)

The outing comes after Ashley was spotted with G-Easy over a week ago in West Hollywood. The pair looked like they were getting quite cozy during the nighttime excursion. Ashley donned a stylish black overcoat with a crisscross patterned shirt underneath for the date, while G-Easy kept it cool in a grey hoodie and brown leather jacket.

The sighting comes after the pair were seen grabbing some lunch in the tony neighborhood of Los Feliz in Los Angeles the day after Christmas, according to reports. The news may come as no surprise to fans, as Ashley was also snapped in April getting into the “Lights and Camera” hitmaker’s black Ferrari in Pasadena, California, per the Daily Mail. The former couple can’t seem to keep it in the “former” category with all these public outings!

Back in February of 2021, Ashley and G-Easy reportedly called it off after being hot and heavy for almost 9 months. Eagle-eyed followers noticed at the time that the pair, who first sparked romance rumors in May 2020, unfollowed each other on Instagram. Although there was speculation the breakup came out of nowhere, a source close to Ashley told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that there was a reasonable answer to why the pair called it quits.

“Ashley broke up with G-Eazy because their relationship got to a point where they were arguing more often than not, and the romance had just lost its spark,” the source explained. “They fell for each other quickly in the beginning.” The insider went on to say that Ashley’s friends thought their relationship was an “odd pairing” after her two-year relationship with girlfriend Cara Delevingne. It also came down to the couple having “different views of the future.” “Ashley knew that it would be very hard for him to settle down so she decided to separate,” the source added.

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