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Joe Rogan is a comedian, UFC commentator and host of the popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. He’s also no stranger to controversy—especially these days, given his opinions about COVID-19 vaccinations; after Rogan was called out by federal officials for suggesting on his podcast that vaccinations weren’t needed by young people, he announced in August 2021 that he’d contracted COVID-19.
The 54-year-old has since recovered, but more recently, he jumped smack into the middle of another coronavirus controversy when Aaron Rodgers revealed that he’d consulted Rogan on advice for treating COVID-19 after the star NFL quarterback also tested positive for the virus.
Aaron Rodgers says he’s listening to Joe Rogan’s advice on how to battle COVID-19 and he’s also taking Ivermectin.
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 5, 2021
While Rogan’s public persona gets covered frequently in the media (as does his net worth after he inked a Spotify podcast deal reportedly worth $100 million), not much is known about his personal life—especially when it comes to his wife, Jessica Ditzel. It seems that’s by design; in the bio of her private Instagram page, Ditzel declares that “anonymity is underrated.” For his part, Rogan rarely mentions his family and never posts about them on social media, although he has been vocal about his feelings against marriage and his thoughts on the institution. During one podcast episode, he even compared marriage to Russian Roulette because of divorce rates and advised, “I’m married, I’m happy, don’t do it.”
All righty, then! So how does Rogan manage to have such a happy marriage, and what’s his life as a family man really like? Here’s what we know about Joe Rogan, wife Jessica Ditzel, and their relationship.
Who is Joe Rogan’s wife?
Ditzel is a 46-year-old former model who was born on July 18, 1975 in Sugar Land, Texas—and, despite many rumors and reports, she is not the daughter of comedian Robert Schimmel. (Ditzel apparently gets confused often with The Simpsons producer Jessica Schimmel, who is, in fact, Robert’s daughter.) Ditzel is actually the daughter of Jeff Conrad Ditzel, a musician who was a member of the popular Minneapolis band, Ditch Pickles. Not much is known about Ditzel’s background, except that she graduated high school in Colorado Springs in 1993 and later attended California State University-Long Beach. Jessica also dated and was later engaged to the lead singer of R&B group H-Town, Keven “Dino” Conner. H-Town is known for their songs, “Knockin’ Da Boot,” “A Thin Line Between Love & Hate” and “They Like it Slow.”
Conner was killed in a car accident with his then-fiancée and unborn child in 2003. He is the father of Jessica’s 24-year-old daughter Kayja Rose, who has followed in his footsteps and is also an R&B singer.
What does Jessica Rogan do?
According to Sidomax Entertainment, she worked as a cocktail waitress and eventually signed with modeling agency M Model Management in 2010 at the age of 35. She also worked for a Korean brand known as Wholesome. Besides modeling, Ditzel worked as an account executive for Robert Half Technology and was an assistant manager for a rental car company. In 2013, she landed a job as a product analyst at Volvo Motorsports.
How did Joe Rogan and his wife Jessica Ditzel meet?
Rogan met Jessica in 2001 while she was working as a cocktail waitress in Los Angeles. They started seeing one another shortly after and dated for eight years before they got married.
Who did Joe Rogan date before Jessica Ditzel?
Rogan dated Survivor star Jerri Manthey in 1997, before both of them got their big breaks. Manthey has appeared on three seasons of Survivor, including Survivor: The Australian Outback, All-Stars, and Heroes vs. Villains. It’s unclear how they met, but cheating is apparently why they broke up. During an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Rogan admitted to cheating on Manthey. “We used to have huge fights. We used to have the worst fights, cause I wanted to have sex with other chicks,” he said. “I did a bad thing, I learned my lesson; a couple times. Look, I hooked her up with one of my friends.”
When did Joe Rogan get married?
Rogan and Ditzel tied the knot in 2009, shortly after the birth of their first child together in 2008. In an interview with the Palm Beach Post shortly after his nuptials, Rogan said he had to get married. “I had to [tie the knot]. Not really had to, but you know, she made a baby. [It’s] like ‘God alright, I’ll sign a silly legal contract.’ What she did was way more of a commitment,” Rogan said.
He had long said he would never get married and, as recently as a 2015 Rolling Stone interview, continued claiming he was still against it. “Marriage is dumb,” he told the outlet. So what’s the secret to making his own marriage work? Explained Rogan, “She lets me do whatever I do. That’s how we get along well.”
How many children do Joe and Jessica Rogan have?
Rogan doesn’t reveal much about his private life, but he did say on an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience that he has three kids; in addition to 24-year-old Kavia (who he legally adopted after marrying Jessica), he and Ditzel are parents to 13-year-old Lola and 11-year-old Rosy.
The couple and their children previously lived in California, but relocated to Austin, Texas where Rogan moved his podcast studio in the summer of 2020.
While Rogan doesn’t post online about his kids, there is another member of the family that gets some online love: Marshall Rogan, the family dog. He has his own Instagram account and makes regular appearances on Joe’s Instagram.
Is Joe Rogan still married?
Yep, the Rogans have been married for 12 years and seem to still be going strong—but just in case, they do have a prenup in place. As Rogan once said to Rolling Stone, “A prenup? Of course. I’m ridiculous and dumb, but I’m not stupid,”
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