Linda Blair is an actress best known for her role as Haunted Teenager the Exorcist in 1973. Rick Springfield is an actor and musician, best known for his role in general Hospital And his hit song “Jessie’s Girl.”
What fans of these celebrities might not know is that they dated each other in the mid-1970s when Springfield was 25 and Blair was only 15.
The two met at Whiskey a Go Go during a musical performance in Hollywood and spent the evening visiting clubs to get to know each other. They dated from 1974 to 1976, mostly under the radar from celebrity gossip publications.
They were able to do this because they had put their professional lives aside and Blair’s mother enjoyed seeing Springfield to be a part of their family.
Although there was an age difference of 10 years, Blair’s mother approved of the relationship
Even in the 1970s, a 10-year age gap in the relationship when one party is younger was not seen as a traditional relationship. The biggest reason Blair and Springfield were able to bond is because her mother loved Springfield and considered her “part of our family.”
Blair and Springfield also made it a point to keep their relationship status as calm as they could at the time. Maintaining their separate public life was necessary for their relationship to work. This is the reason why this pair never made headlines in Gossip Magazine.
According to Blair, it was important for them to keep their relationship sacred and it worked for a while. In an interview with Studio 10 she said:
“We tried to keep it very sacred and I think we did a good job because it’s something that never really hit the headlines.”
Blair and Springfield finally left it
The couple called it quits after almost two years due to the two being in the limelight and the perception of their age difference. Both made many professional achievements.
Blair continued her acting career, playing a variety of roles from drama to comedy. Springfield continued to pursue his music and had a few acting roles, his most famous role being Noah Drake. general Hospital. Because of their love for animals and their mission to help, they have remained friends over the years and have worked to help wherever they can.
The former couple recently teamed up to support Blair’s charity, Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation. They have offered specialty merchandise to help support the mission of caring for abused and neglected animals, which is Blair’s passion, and has given her time and money over the years.
Both have had relationships with other celebrities
After Blair and Springfield split, Blair had several relationships, most of them with musicians. She was known for dating the bassist of Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes. Between 1979 and 1981 she was in a relationship with Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw.
She was also romantically linked with Jim Dandy Mangrum and actor Wings Hauser. Blair was also the inspiration for Rick James’ song “Cold Blooded” after dating the singer for two years. Blair was never married.
Springfield has been married to his wife, Barbara Porter, since 1984. The two met while Springfield was recording his album. working class dog And Porter was working as a receptionist in the recording studio. Together they have two children.
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