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Ever since the Bafta awards earlier this month, when 18-year-old Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown went red carpet official with boyfriend Jake Bongiovi, 19, the internet has been aswoon over the middle son of Livin’ on a Prayer singer Jon Bon Jovi.
It’s easy to see why we’re all so #obsessed: as one-half of a Gen Z power couple and from rock star lineage, Bongiovi has all the makings of a Hollywood heartthrob. The fact that his surname is spelt differently to his father’s has conferred a refreshing level of anonymity on him — which makes us want to know more.
Bobby Brown and Bongiovi were first spotted last April holding hands in New York. Their romance’s soft-launch happened three months later via Bobby Brown’s Instagram stories where she posted a candid photo of them cuddling. By November 2021 the pair became Instagram official when she posted a picture of them kissing on the London Eye to her 48.1 million followers.
A deep dive into his social media provides a few clues. Firstly, he seems to have ties to the Democratic Senator for New Jersey, Cory Booker (well, there’s a video of them together in 2018 — and they’re having a laugh), so we can presume that, much like his father — who’s been a life-long Democrat and played at Joe Biden’s inauguration — Bongiovi is a liberal. He attended the $53,000-a-year Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, where he played American football, and he’s now reportedly studying at Syracuse University in New York, where he is also part of the college football team.
His parents, Bon Jovi, 59, and Dorothea Hurley, who met in 1980 and married in 1989, have three other children: model and camera operator Stephanie Bongiovi, 28, wine entrepreneur Jesse Bongiovi, 27, and student Romeo Bongiovi, 17.
This isn’t Bobby Brown’s first high-profile relationship — between January and July of 2018 she dated social media star Jacob Sartorius and more recently rugby player Joseph Robinson, whom she split with in August 2020.
Out of Bongiovi’s 22 Instagram posts Bobby Brown now appears in six. That’s 30 per cent of his digital footprint, which for today’s online generation means things are pretty serious. They’ve also spent Christmas together and dressed up in matching Y2K Barbie and Ken outfits for Bobby Brown’s 18th birthday — a tried and tested IT-couple PR move.
As for what’s next for the two, back in November Bongiovi asked his 382,000 followers to “send band names” under a photo of the pair having afternoon tea. Fingers crossed they will follow in his famous father’s footsteps.