First Marriage Of Radiohead Singer Thom Yorke Ended Tragically

In terms of romantic relationships, although rock musicians’ lives differ significantly from the average person due to their fame and opulent lifestyle, everyone goes through the same experiences. While some are known for their loving, long-term relationships, others are known for their turbulent romantic lives. Occasionally, however, celebrities make headlines due to heartbreaking news, such as the death of their partner.  Unfortunately, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke endured a similar situation several years ago. Yorke met his first wife, Rachel Owen, at Exeter University, where they were both art students. During their lengthy relationship of 23 years, they had a son and a daughter. However, the couple announced their decision to separate in 2015. Unfortunately, Thom Yorke was profoundly affected by their breakup and her untimely death a year later.

First wife of Thom Yorke passed away. Thom Yorke and Rachel Owen began dating as art students at Exeter University one year after their previous relationship ended. Owen worked as a photographer, printmaker, and lecturer while Yorke rose to prominence on the rock scene, primarily as the lead vocalist of Radiohead. In addition to being an artist, she was a scholar of medieval Italian literature who studied Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ Owen passionately taught art history and Dante’s works to numerous students at Oxford University.

During their 23-year relationship, the scholar was a major source of motivation for Yorke. She influenced a number of Radiohead songs, including “I Might Be Wrong” and “Optimistic.” They enjoyed their relationship in private for many years. In 2015, the couple announced their decision to end their relationship amicably. Some music critics and fans hypothesized that Yorke’s lyrics “half of my life” in Radiohead’s “Daydreaming” were a reference to their relationship.  Owen reportedly struggled with health issues but wished to continue teaching, as reported by The Guardian. Pembroke College disclosed that the student was battling cancer and that her condition was deteriorating. Unfortunately, she was unable to overcome cancer and passed away on December 18, 2016, at the age of 48.

What Did Thom Yorke Have to Say Regarding the Loss? In a previous interview with the BBC Radio 4 program “Desert Island Discs,” Yorke discussed how the death of his ex-spouse affected him. The musician stated that losing Owen was difficult for him and their children. He noted that he exerted a great deal of effort in order to make their children feel better.  Thom Yorke remarked in his own words:  “When the mother of the children passed away, it was a very difficult time, and we went through a lot. It was difficult. She endured significant pain. My goal is to ensure that we emerge unscathed, and I sincerely hope that this is the case.

The death of Thom Yorke’s ex-wife immediately following their divorce complicated his process. He exerted great effort to ensure that he and the couple’s children would survive this traumatic experience and “come out all right.” According to the musician, his new partner Dajana Roncione gave him strength following this tragic event.

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