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Helen Reddy’s Ex-Husband Milton Ruth: Full Bio, Career, Marriage, Children

Milton Ruth is a drummer by profession, but he is mostly known as the ex-husband of American singer and songwriter Helen Reddy. Initially, he worked as a drummer for her and has been part of his ex-wife’s album Feeling So Young as a drummer and producer.

Though Milton began his career as a drummer a while ago, he only gained fame after he married late singer Reddy. However, things between them didn’t go as planned for a long time leading to their divorce. But how is his life at present?

In this article, we are going to discuss some interesting facts about Milton Ruth’s career, marriage, children, & much more. Let’s begin.

Milton Ruth Married Helen Reddy As Her Third Husband

As we said, Milton Ruth was married to Australian-American singer Helen Reddy. The couple married in a private wedding ceremony in June of 1983. Interestingly, Ruth married the Feel So Young singer as her third husband.

Well, when and how did Milton meet her ex-wife? The duo met for the first time back in the day when Ruth reportedly worked in Helen’s band as a drummer in the early 80s. Their professional collaboration soon turned into a romantic affair and wedding in 1983.

Milton Ruth And His Ex-Wife Helen Reddy Was Married From 1983 to 1995
Milton Ruth With His Late Ex-Wife Helen

Like any beautiful couple, the two shared a great relationship initially. But things eventually turned sour between the two. After being in a marital relationship for over 12 years, the former duo decided to call it an end. Soon enough, the duo filed for a divorce which was finalized in 1995. They unfortunately never revealed the exact reason for their divorce.

Milton Ruth’s Late Ex-Wife Was Married Twice Already

Before Helen married Milton, she had already been through two unsuccessful marriages. She was first married to Kenneth Claude Weate, a musician. They reportedly married in 1961, when Helen was just 20 years of age, whereas Kenneth was much older than her.

The former duo remained married for 5 years before they divorced in 1966. Prior to their marriage, they also welcomed a daughter together named Traci.

Milton's Ex-Spouse With Her Second Husband Jeff Wald
Milton’s Ex-Spouse With Her Second Husband Jeff Wald

Helen married for the second time in 1968, to Jeff Wald. Together with her second husband, she also welcomed a son named Jordan. But like her first marital relationship, her second marriage also proved to be unsuccessful. Well, almost after 13 years of marriage, she separated from Jeff on January 2, 1981. Eventually, their divorce was finalized in January 1983.

Milton Does Not Have A Child of His Own

Though Milton was married to Reddy for years, he didn’t have any child with the late singer. However, he is a step-father to Helen’s children from her previous marriage, Traci Wald Donat & Jordan Sommers.

In case you didn’t know, Traci was born from Reddy’s relationship with her first spouse Kenneth on January 19, 1963. Likewise, her second child Jordan was born with his second husband Jeff on December 12, 1972, in Los Angeles, CA.

Milton Ruth's Step-Son Jordan Sommers Was Born From His Ex-Wife's Second Marriage
Milton Ruth’s Step-Son Jordan Sommers

Well, despite not being their biological father, Milton shares a great relationship with both his step-children. Moreover, both the kids are already grownups and doing pretty well in life.

He Is Already A Grandfather

Though Milton Ruth never had a child of his own, he has become a grandfather to his step-daughter’s kid. As per the reports, he has a granddaughter named Lily Donat, who was born from his step-daughter Traci’s marital relationship with her husband Lucas Donat.

Well, Ruth’s granddaughter Lily is an actress and has already appeared in movies like I Am Woman, Easy 4U2 Say, & a few others. Needless to say, Milton shares a great relationship with his grandchild.

Milton Ruth Is A Drummer By Profession

Talking about Milton’s profession, he is a drummer. In the past, he even worked for his late ex-wife Helen in her band as a drummer. Apart from this, he has also contributed to Reddy in her professional works.

As per the reports, he performed as a drummer in Helen’s album Feeling So Young. Not only this, but he also contributed as the producer of the album.

His Ex-wife Died In 2020

Well, Milton’s ex-wife and legendary singer Helen is no more. She died on September 29, 2020, in Los Angeles, at the age of 78. According to sources, she suffered from Addison’s disease. Moreover, she also had her kidney was removed when she was 17.

Apart from this, she had also been a patient of Dementia 2015. Well, following her death, her daughter shared a beautiful post announcing her death. She wrote,

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.

Where Is Milton Ruth Now?

Milton gained instant fame following his marriage to Helen. However, his life had apparently completely changed following his split from Helen. Following his divorce, he has completely avoided the limelight and barely makes public appearances.

Moreover, he is also not on any social media platforms which makes it even difficult to trace his life at present. Anyway, we hope Milton is enjoying his life at present.

What Is Milton Ruth’s Net Worth?

Undoubtedly, Milton has had a decent career as a drummer. Thus, it is very obvious that he also earned a decent sum of money from his profession. Well, sources estimate that he has a net worth of around $1 million as of 2022.

Talking about his ex-wife Helen, she was worth around $3 million at the time of her death.