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Jon Bon Jovi and his wife of 31 years, Dorothea, are on the cover of the latest issue of People magazine, and their cover story delves into their remarkable relationship.

Jon and Dorothea have actually known each other for 40 years now and were high school sweethearts. Those type of statistics are incredible for a non-famous couple, but for two people that have been together while dealing with the whole aspect of the “rock star life,” it’s practically unbelievable.

So, what do Jon and Dorothea say is their “secret” to their long-lasting relationship? Jon told People“Mutual respect. Having grown up together and grown together. And we really like each other. We want to hang out.”

Dorothea playfully added, “I always said I was good at spotting potential too. I have a gift.”

The issue of People with Jon and Dorothea on the cover hits newsstands this Friday (October 2), which is the same day Bon Jovi’s new studio album, Bon Jovi 2020, comes out.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.