Cyndi Lauper and her husband David Thornton have been in love for decades.
The couple first met on a movie set in the early ’90s, and it didn’t take long for their relationship to blossom. After completing their movies, the duo officially declared their love and they got married soon after on November 24, 1991. Years later, on November 19, 1997, they took their son in their arms and became parents.
Over the years, Lauper and Thornton have hinted at numerous love stories while supporting each other’s careers.
In addition to sharing the screen together, the couple has featured at various public events, including the fifth anniversary of their marriage. Kinky BootsThe singer’s 2016 Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony where Lauper wrote the music and lyrics.
“My husband has been the strong arm of the family,” Lauper said. Show Fair before the premiere of the documentary let the canary sing At the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. “There was a lot of it. He is wildly talented; He understands stories very well.”
Here’s everything there is to know about Lauper’s husband, from his career to the details of his love affair with the singer.
he is an actor
Like Lauper, Thornton is no stranger to the entertainment industry. Thornton, whose first acting role dates back to 1983, has numerous credits to his name: Home Alone 3, Law and Order, NotebookAnd the other woman.
He and Cyndi met on the first set
Thornton and Lauper first met on the set of their movie in 1991. Off and Working. Lauper said she had recently split from her then-manager and boyfriend, Dave Wolff. Independent that the movie is like “a vacation from myself, a way to get lost at work and forget who I am”.
“Then I met David and everything changed,” she added.
Thornton noted that he and Lauper “did not communicate much on set at first” but eventually formed a bond when “Cyndi asked if I would like to join her and her assistant for dinner.” She continued, “There wasn’t an immediate buzz, but we had a lot of laughs. And the great thing is that he’s a bit unstellar, so the first thing that happened was that a true friendship started to develop.
From there, their relationship just continued to grow. “He started inviting me out to dinner regularly, and after a few weeks I realized I really liked him,” Thornton told the broadcast.
He proposed to Cyndi with multiple different rings.
talk to IndependentThornton explained that in Los Angeles, Lauper opened the question with multiple different rings to choose from.
“One was a crystal from the 1840s that belonged to a Hindu princess,” she said of her choice of rings. “Cyndi believes in reincarnation and the past, so I thought this might be true. There was an ancient Roman ring bearing the stamp of Eros, and finally an English “respect” ring on the finger with an arc of different stones. That’s what she chose.”
“He got me down on one knee before accepting me,” he added.
Shortly after he and Cyndi got together, they got married.
Although the beginning of their relationship was slower, it didn’t take long for them to realize that they wanted to marry each other. “When the movie was over, we were alone together for a month on Cape Cod,” Lauper explained. Independent. “We could stand each other, so we decided to go ahead and get married.”
The couple officially tied the knot on November 24, 1991 at a Friends meeting house in New York. “Neither of us are Quakers, but we loved the idea of friendship and tolerance being the theme, as our friends come from all walks of life and all political and sexual views,” Thornton said. Independent.
The wedding was led by Little Richard and included both of his families. For the special occasion, Lauper wore a “white satin over-the-knee number” that included “embroidered on the front” and “a bunker hat with tulle and satin shoes.”
He comes from a very “academic” family.
After their marriage, Lauper joked that Thornton’s father, Robert Donald Thornton, was “a man of serious knowledge” who had previously taught English at Harvard, “and wondered what David’s parents should do about having me as their daughter-in-law.”
Thornton recalled her parents wondering “how they would accept Cyndi” during their wedding. “They themselves got together in the Unitary Choir, and they were both very traditional,” he said. “My father is an academic, he writes books about Robert Burns. He wanted me to grow up to be a decent gentleman and have all his children in professions like law and medicine.”
“But my dad sang with Benny Goodman, and he and my mom both love a good voice – it won them over,” he added. “And I think they were inwardly surprised at the idea of having a star in the family.”
He and Cyndi are proud to be the parents of a son.
On November 19, 1997, just before their sixth wedding anniversary, Lauper and Thornton gave birth to their first and only child, a son named Declyn Wallace Thornton Lauper. Lauper has spoken fondly of her son in several interviews, in addition to going out with his family at various times over the years.
“I work hard because I want to give her everything I could never have,” she told ABC News about balancing work and family life. “I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon.”
He also praised Thornton for being such a good father on the go. “My son went to good schools but I missed a few things on the way,” she said. Show Fair. “People said I was very career-oriented, but when the kid came, I looked at how I could support everything: recording, going on tour – and my husband would say, ‘Go to Europe, I got him.’ Sometimes I took my son on tour, but he needed his own space.”
Declyn even followed in her mother’s footsteps in the music department. “It’s more underground,” Lauper said of his son’s music. “On SoundCloud and a great artist.”
after meeting on the set Off and Working In 1991 the two joined forces several times over the years. In addition to being a guest on Nickelodeon Naked Brothers Group: The Movie Starring Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff in 2005, the duo shared the screens in 2009. here and thereThat Lauper also wrote and recorded a song.
“I thought it would be great to be a part of it and I should be in two scenes with her,” Lauper told Reuters about appearing in the movie with her husband. “He’s a great player.”
The couple later walked the red carpet together when they attended the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2009.