Barbara Porter: On Monday, the singer of “Jessie’s Girl” told People magazine that he and his wife Barbara Porter have taken advantage of lockdown by having “a lot of sex.”
The 71-year-old told the newspaper, “That’s about all.”
The ’80s star did, however, share another pastime he and Porter, 58, like doing together.
Jessie’s Girl’ was never seen by Rick Springfield again
“The other day, we played Monopoly with a guy who works at my studio, and it was a lot of fun,” he said. “That was something I hadn’t done in 40 years, and it was funny. We had a great time. I’ve never had time for such things before.”
Springfield and Porter, 58, first met in the 1970s in Los Angeles at Sound City recording studios, where the artist was working on an album. Porter was a coworker at the time.
He recalls how the English boss “brought Barbara in and presented her to everyone.” “She was only 15 years old at the time and resembled Brigitte Bardot. ‘Too young,’ I said. I simply thought she was attractive, and that was the end of it.”
Later, while working on Springfield’s album “Working Class Dog” in 1981, the two would cross paths again.
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“I eventually broke up with my girlfriend, and she was 18 by the time I did,” he explained. “Because she worked in the office at Sound City, I’d always thought about her. On a courageous moment, I called her up and asked her out.”
Later, in 1984, the pair married. For years, many people speculated that Porter was the inspiration for the hit song “Jessie’s Girl.”
“She was asked about it a lot,” Springfield told the newspaper, “particularly at the studio because there was a lot of talk around the studio when I recorded the song.” “‘No, it’s not me,’ she’d say. Back then, I didn’t know who he was.”
According to the publication, “Jessie’s Girl” was inspired by the girlfriend of a Springfield classmate.
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“I had the odd, insane concept of using my stained glass mastery to support my future family, and I noticed a female there,” Springfield explained. “Because she had a partner and was not interested in talking to me, I didn’t get to meet her. It was a case of unrequited love. One day, I came home, picked up my guitar, and composed a song about it.”
Springfield admitted that he has no idea who “Jessie’s Girl” is to this day
“No one has ever approached me and asked if I was Jessie’s girl,” he claimed. “If she did, I believe I would identify her. Despite the fact that it has been 40 years.”
Porter stayed by his side during Springfield’s meteoric rise to fame. The couple stated they’re still as committed to each other today. Springfield revealed the shockingly basic key to their long-lasting marriage.
He explained, “We truly enjoy each other.” “During the lockdown, I absolutely discovered that. We enjoy spending time together and share many of the same interests. It’s certainly the most intimate thing I’ve experienced during the lockdown. I was fortunate enough to receive a decent one.”
Springfield, on the other hand, believed that maintaining the flame in their relationship needed effort. He explained that having a therapist might help couples better understand and appreciate one another.
“There are huge ups and downs when you’ve been together for that long,” he remarked. “What matters most is that you both want it. If you both want it, you’ll have to work for it, and sometimes you’ll need support from a third party. We were fortunate to have a few of wonderful folks who helped us get through some difficult times.”
“I’ve seen enough couples where the wife wanted to go to therapy but the husband didn’t,” he continued. “If one person is willing to work on a relationship but the other isn’t, that’s pretty much a recipe for disaster. We’ve always been on the same wavelength.”
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