Ernestine Campbell is a former Washington, D.C., secretary and one of the country’s former celebrity wives. Ernestine Campbell is best known as the ex-wife of singer, songwriter, and rock n’ roll pioneer Richard Wayne Penniman (Little Richard).
Childhood and early life
Ernestine Campbell was born in the United States of America in 1939 and is currently 81 years old. Her sun sign is unknown, as is her birth month. There is no information about her early life, childhood, siblings, or parents. She did, however, remain with her parents and siblings prior to her wedding.
She has always made an effort to keep her private life hidden from the public and the media. Additionally, she completed her college studies and high school education at a prestigious institution.
Ex-husband’s Professional life
Richard Wayne Penniman, aka Little Richard, was a musician, singer, and songwriter. As a result, Richard was a pivotal figure in popular music and society for seven decades. Additionally, his dynamic showmanship and dynamic songs laid the groundwork for rock and roll. He is listed as one of the first crossover black stars, reaching audiences of all races.
Additionally, The Everly Brothers covered Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, and Jerry Lee Lewis’s works. Similarly, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986 and 2007. Additionally, Richard received a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African-American Music in 2015.
As a result, his music helped define rhythm and blues for decades and, through efforts to preserve apartheid, brought blacks and whites together. Richard was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Music Academy and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 2019, the Tennessee Governor’s Arts Awards presented him with the Distinguished Artist Award.
Her Marital Life and Divorce
Ernestine married ‘Little Richard’ on July 11, 1959, in California, following their October 1957 meeting at an evangelical rally. She was her husband’s sole wife. They adopted Danny Jones Penniman, a boy child. Danny joined his new family when he was one year old. Additionally, with Jones as one of his bodyguards, Richard and his son remained together.
Regrettably, the couple divorced in 1964. According to Harvin, the two initially shared a peaceful marriage with normal sexual ties. As a result, Harvin believed that it was her husband’s celebrity status that had complicated her life. As a result of his negligence as a husband and his sexuality, Richard would assert that the marriage fell apart. Similarly, both of them ended their relationship amicably and remained good friends following their divorce.
And both of them denied Richard’s allegations that he was gay, with Richard claiming that they were unaware due to his prominence in those days as a pumper. Later that year, on March 23, 1975, in Santa Barbara, California, she married Mcdonald Campbell.
Richard’s Cause of Death
Richard was an illustrious singer who passed away on May 9, 2020. As a result, Richard’s family did not immediately reveal the cause of his death. According to the New York Times, cancer was the cause of death.
As a result, this was truly heartbreaking news for America’s music industry. Richard worked extremely hard and made numerous contributions to the music industry. Regrettably, Richard died of bone cancer on May 9, 2020, at the age of 87 in his home in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Additionally, he is buried at Oakwood University’s Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama.
He stands at approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 65 kilograms. Her eyes are dark brown, and her hair is black. Similarly, she wears a 5.5 shoe size (UK). Additionally, there are no additional details about her body measurements.
Net Worth and Social Media
Ernestine is a reserved and secretive individual. She is not active on any social media platforms. She was always out of sight and out of reach of the media.
Her occupation and net worth are unknown. Her ex-husband, Little Richard, on the other hand, had a net worth of $40 million.