Bernadette Robi – Lynn Swann’s Ex-Wife Is Married To A Boxer

By SarahPublished on: February 21, 2024 Updated on: February 25, 2024
Birthday April 18, 1958
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York
Age 66 years
Husband Lynn Swann
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The 66-year-old, Bernadette Robi has lived quite an eventful life. Being the daughter of singer, Paul Robi, she was mostly shielded from racial injustice in childhood. However, when she entered high school, she got a taste of real-world problems. Despite being a victim of racism, she pursued her dream as a model. Soon after, she got married to former Pittsburgh Steelers footballer, Lynn Swan. After her marriage to the player ended in a divorce, she faced some relationship troubles.

Even though Robi had problems in her dating history, she fell in love at first sight with her current husband, Sugar Ray Leonard. Find out more about her in this article.

Bernadette Robi Is The Daughter Of Singer, Paul Robi

Born on April 18, 1958, Bernadette is the daughter of Paul and Martha Robi. Her dad, Paul was one of the original members of the Platters, an American vocal group. Besides, he acted in The Dreamers, Coronation, and Rock All Night. As for her mom, Martha’s profession remains a mystery.

Bernadette Robi with her father, Paul Robi and mother and sister
Bernadette Robi with her parents and sister.

Though she was born in Brooklyn, New York, she was raised in Southern California with her sister, Franchesca Robi because of her father’s work. Her dad was African-American while her mom was from Argentina. Due to her mixed- ethnicity, she used to get bullied in high school.

Her mom and sister have preferred to stay away from the limelight, so we don’t have their exact current whereabouts. As for her dad, he died on February 1, 1989, due to cancer.

Robi Is A Model Turned Business Woman

After graduating from Westchester High School in 1975, Bernadette joined modeling. She first started modeling for department store catalogs and album covers. The Los Angeles fashion model career took a different turn when she started doing television commercials. However, her modeling journey wasn’t easy as she was a constant victim of racism.

Robi has already retired from this field and has now entered the world of business. She is the director of the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation. Her Instagram bio defines her as a businesswoman.

Bernadette Was Married To Former Steelers Player, Lynn Swann For A Few Years

Robi married Swan on June 10, 1979, after the then-athlete won Super Bowl XIII. They tied the knot in Los Angeles in a grand ceremony. After their wedding, they went to Paris and London for their honeymoon. The newlyweds lived in Marina del Rey, California during the player’s offseason and in Pittsburgh during games.

Bernadette Robi with her ex- husband, Lynn Swann
Robi married Swann in California

After a few years of togetherness, the ex-duo got a divorce in 1983. Though we don’t know the exact reason for their separation, it was labeled as irreconcilable differences. The former couple moved on with their lives as Swann later married Charena.

She Was Once In An Abusive Relationship With Musician, Randy Jackson

Robi started dating Michael Jackson’s brother, Randy in the 1980s after she divorced her former husband. Randy was physically abusive to Robi on occasion. So, she took refuge at her friend, Tina Turner’s house who is also an American singer. Jackson broke into her house searching for Bernadette after which Turner shot at him. She didn’t press charges against him as she was struggling in her career and didn’t want any bad publicity.

Bernadette used to date Turner’s son, Craig in high school. Even though the high school sweethearts broke up, Robi remained good friends with Tina that’s why she went there looking for help.

Bernadette Robi Is Married To Former Professional Boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard

Robi was introduced to Leonard by contemporary jazz musician, Kenny G at a Luther Vandross in April of 1989. After dating for four years, the lovebirds tied the knot on August 20, 1993, at Sugar’s $8.7 million estate in Pacific Palisades, California.

They had a grand wedding where the grounds were turned into a garden with flowers. The former boxer gave her a 9-carat diamond wedding ring. The newlyweds had their first dance to Luther Vandross’s song as he was the reason they got married.

Bernadette Robi with her husband, Sugar Ray Leonard
Robi has been married to Leonard for over 30 years.

Bernadette recalled how she was speechless when she first met him. When they met for the first time, Leonard was legally separated from his first wife, Juanita Wilkinson. She further added he stood her up three times before finally giving in. Robi said it was Leonard’s soft side that knocked her off her feet.

She Has Two Children With Leonard

Bernadette gave birth to two kids after marrying Leonard. Their daughter, Camille Leonard was born on March 22, 1997. Like her mother, she is also a model. She signed with Ford Models in 2016. Besides, she is the spokesperson for the anti-drug and alcohol organization Stop B4U Start.

Bernadette Robi with her husband and children.
The Leonard couple loves their kids.

Apart from having a baby girl, the pair are parents of a boy, Daniel Leonard. He is an aspiring musical artist. He shares his songs on his Instagram.

Besides these two, Sugar has children from his previous relationship, Ray Charles Jr. and Jarrel.

Is Bernadette Robi On Social Media?

Despite being in the spotlight, Mrs. Leonard prefers a quiet life as she has set her Instagram to private. However, we can find glimpses of her on her hubby’s Instagram as he frequently shares her pictures. In 2023, he posted a photo of the two celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.

About Author: Sarah

Though I have started writing NFL related blogs recently, I have fallen in love with this world. Hope you like my work as much as I enjoy writing these.