• Melia McErny is a Scottish-English and Korean-Irish woman, born in 1976
• She met Eric Clapton at a Giorgio Armani party in Los Angeles
• Eric Clapton is a world famous blues and rock guitarist
• Melia and Eric got married in 2002 and have three daughters
• Melia is a philanthropist and housewife and Eric Clapton is worth an estimated $450 million
Despite the 31-year age difference, Eric Clapton and Melia McErny apparently still lead a happily married life that has now spanned more than 20 years. Today we are going to take a closer look at the interesting facts about the life of Eric’s wife Melia.
Who is Melia McErny?
Melia McErny was born on February 1, 1976 in Columbus, Ohio, USA, to a Scottish-English father and a Korean-Irish mother. She graduated from Watterson High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in arts from Ohio University.
She moved to California and worked several jobs to pay the bills, before entering the design industry and working as an assistant and then sales manager at Giorgio Armani; there she met one of the best guitarists in the world, Eric Clapton.
Who is Eric Clapton?
Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, UK. He is a songwriter, singer and guitarist, who started his career in 1963 with the English rock band ‘The Yardbirds’, featuring the famous Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck. The trio is currently in the 100 greatest guitars of all time.
Eric later formed the Blind Faith blue band with Steve Winwood and Ric Grech, but the band only produced one album and toured only once.
Eric decided to start a solo career in the 1970s and climbed his ladder to success all by himself. He has been awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and has won 18 Grammy Awards. Eric Clapton has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, proudly earning him the title of the greatest blues and rock guitarist of all time.
In 1998, he founded Crossroads Center On Antigua, a medical facility for recovering substance abusers, where his wife Melia McErny worked – according to his 2007 autobiography, he was a drug addict himself, and that motivated him to help other people follow his line of recovery . The rock singer said in his autobiography ‘it was great to be alive at all…actually I should have stopped a long time ago’.
When did Eric Clapton and Melia McErny start dating?
In 1991, when Eric Clapton attended a Giorgio Armani party in Los Angeles, Melia was working as an event planner; the party was in honor of Eric, after one of his performances.
The moment Melia saw Eric Clapton she jumped up to get an autograph for her uncle who happened to be a fan of Eric’s. Interestingly, it worked out for her, as the autograph wasn’t the only thing Eric Clapton gave her, but they also exchanged contact information. Soon after, the couple started dating.
Melia McErney was 22 years old, while her boyfriend Eric Clapton was 53, and despite the 31-year difference, the couple didn’t seem to care much. Melia was in a relationship at the time, but her ex-boyfriend said she dumped him as soon as she started dating Eric.
However, Eric and Melia’s love story almost ended for good when they broke up after a year of dating, due to the stress of Clapton’s career, but they soon got back together the following year in the winter of 2001, and Melia found that she was pregnant in June of the same year. That was when Eric Clapton decided to take the relationship one step further and proposed to her. The lovebirds finally got married in 2002 at St Mary Megdalene Church in Clapton’s hometown. The interesting thing about the wedding was that the guests thought it was a christening ceremony for the couple’s six-month-old daughter, only to find out upon arrival that it was a wedding ceremony.
Eric Clapton admitted to being a womanizer, but eventually decided to get into a long-term relationship with Melia, and things worked out pretty well for them. The couple was blessed with three daughters, July Rose 2001, Ella May 2003 and Sophie Bella 2005. In an interview with The Telegraph, Eric Clapton said: “I used to identify my self-esteem with sex. Girlfriends became a way of not being with myself. I’d see a woman in a room and I’d be magnetized and that would be dangerous most of the time because I don’t think you can do anyone any good unless you’re okay on your own.
Long before Eric and Melia started dating, Eric Clapton was married to the British photographer and model Patti Boyd from 1979 to 1989, but the couple had no children together. He was also in a relationship with Italian model Lory Del Santo. Still, Eric and Melia’s love story is the longest in Eric’s relationship record, as he used to switch girlfriends whenever he wanted.
Melia McErny was the supportive woman Eric needed, especially after he suffered peripheral neuropathy“It’s hard to work to play guitar and I’ve had to accept that it won’t improve,” Clapton announced in an interview with Classic Rock Magazine. Eric had to cancel several tours due to the back pain he was suffering from, but his wife’s support pushed him further and further.
How does Melia McErny spend her time?
Melia is a philanthropist and homemaker, who prefers to stay out of the limelight and is relatively secretive about her relationship, currently leading a normal life as a mother of three daughters, dedicating her time to raising her children. She has no social media accounts and the only time she makes an appearance is occasionally on the red carpet with Eric.
What is Melia McErny’s net worth?
No data can be found on Melia McErny’s net worth, but it is estimated that her husband Eric’s net worth is over by the end of 2020 $450 million.