Steve Perry has come out of retirement. On October 5th, the former lead singer of Journey released the album Traces (his first album in almost 20 years). To commemorate the moment, he appeared on the Robin Roberts show.
According to Perry, the inspiration behind the album was a woman named Kate Jones. When they met, Jones had Stage-4 cancer. They fell in love and she died a year later (may she rest is peace). Ironically, Perry developed a melanoma a year later which was successfully removed. At any rate, Perry credits his short marriage to this woman as the inspiration for his comeback.
Below is a photo of the couple:
It’s a beautiful story. Robin Roberts (herself a cancer survivor) was clearly moved by the account. And the studio audience was spellbound. After all, the basic plot of the story was like a Harlequin novel – a rock star marries a dying woman. And yet, there’s an elephant in the room. Major Styles could not help but ask a question:
Why would a former rock star marry a woman with Stage 4 cancer?
A reason is inferred…
During the interview, we learn that Perry was 7 years old when his father left the family. The emotional devastation of this loss was too much for him. This, the audience was reassured, was the reason for Perry’s prolonged bachelorhood.
In short, we’re led to believe that Perry was another victim of a DEADBEAT DAD.
I did a little research (nearly everything that appears on television should first be considered a lie). As it turns out, in 1984 -at this height of his career – Perry was informed that he had a daughter from a previous fling. The daughter was 13 at the time. No doubt, this information must have floored him. However, no mention of this child was made during the interview.
Why did Robin Roberts – as well as Steve Perry – withhold this information from the audience? Why were we never told that Perry already had a teenage daughter?
The mother of Perry’s child told him about the daughter in 1984 – at the height of Perry’s fame. I don’t know about you, but I smell bullshit. Why did she not inform him sooner? Why did she wait until he was a multi-millionaire to break the news?
Could it be that Perry was lied to? Was he the victim of paternity fraud? It sure sounds like it. I guess we’ll never unless Perry can provide the results a paternity test. Either way, the story sounds fishy.
I postulate that Steven Perry was the victim of paternity fraud.
This emotionally devastated him, causing him to retreat from the world. When he re-emerged, he did so with a woman that was destined to leave him soon; thus, he committed himself to a relationship that was doomed from the start. This fear of commitment was, arguably, sewn from the distrust that resulted from the paternity fraud incident.
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