Meet Mrs. Deborah Aday! She is the wife of singer Meat Loaf, born Michael Aday who became famous worldwide for his songs like I’s Do Anything for Love, and his albums Bat Out of Hell released in 1977, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell in 1993, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose in 2006.
Meat Loaf was 74, when he died on January 20, 2022, from complications of COVID-19, in Nashville, Tennessee. He leaves behind his wife Deborah and two daughters Pearl and Amanda Aday, born from his marriage to Leslie Aday.
Meat Loaf married Leslie Aday on February 223, 1979, she had one daughter Pearl from a previous relationship who was subsequently adopted by Meat Loaf after they married. Pearl is married to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.
Leslie and Meat Loaf welcomed their daughter actress Amanda Aday on January 21, 1981. Meat Loaf and Leslie divorced in 2001.
Deborah Aday shared loving memories of her husband to People Magazine.
“The grief I feel over the loss of my husband is gut-wrenching. I was lying close to Michael when he took his last breath and my sadness is beyond words. I’ve always called him by his given name because I didn’t see him as ‘Meat.’ I feel much gratitude for the outpouring of love I have received from around the world.”
“He meant so much to so many people, and it gave me joy to be able to share him with the world. As his wife, I also want everyone to know how much he meant to me as a husband. For me, it was always about him. From the day we met, he was my world and I loved him. There wasn’t a day that went by that we didn’t tell the other how much we loved them. Not a day that we didn’t hug each other.”
“Some of my fondest memories will always be about how we so often laughed, and how we brought out the silliness and playfulness in each other,” she says.
“Michael was a hugger–such a physically affectionate and kind man, and I’m grateful that he brought out those traits in me.”
Deborah Aday 3 Facts You Need To Know
- Deborah Aday born Deborah Gillespie, married Meat in 2007, this was her first marriage, second for him. She explained why she has never gotten married before meeting Meat Loaf.
“I waited until later in life to get married because I was waiting for the right man,” she says. “And oh boy, was he ever the right man for me! I realize how blessed I am to have shared my life with such an incredible person. He didn’t hesitate to let me know how much I was appreciated, and often sweetly told me; ‘You’re a good wife.’ I will miss hearing that.”
“Our life together was an adventure. He was my best friend, my confidant, my lover and I miss him terribly already. As much as my heart is in pain right now, my heart is also so full of the love and glory we shared together. I will love you forever, Michael.”
- Deborah Aday worked with her husband on Meat Loaf: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and later in 2007 on Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise. Deborah and Meat Loaf didn’t have any children.
- Meat Loaf and his wife Deborah Aday opened the doors of their Southern California house to Architectural Digest in March 2008.