Milton Ruth

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Relationship Timeline Of Milton Ruth

Ex-wife : Helen Reddy
Milton Ruth married Helen Reddy in 1983 and separated in 1995 due to Helen Reddy's death.

Milton Ruth, aka Milton Robert Ruth, is known for being the ex-husband of legendary singer Helen Reddy. You might know her for the song I Am Woman, which has been the song for women's empowerment for a long time.

Music made Ruth and Reddy fall in love with each other. Ruth is a professional drummer and has also worked with Reddy in her music. 

Relationship Timeline With Ex-Wife Helen Reddy

Milton Ruth and Helen Reddy's love story was a surprise when it first appeared in public. It is because Reddy was a huge star already, whereas people had only heard of Ruth after he got involved with the I Can't Say Goodbye to You singer.

Both Milton Ruth and Helen Reddy are looking at completely different cameras.
Milton Ruth and Helen Reddy at ELLA Awards (Source: Facebook @HELLEN REDDY FANS CLUB)

In the beginning, I mentioned that their common love for music made them fall in love with each other. Ruth was part of her music team as a drummer. He worked together with her on the iconic Feeling So Young album. They spent much time together in the studio and eventually developed feelings for each other.

The two exchanged their wedding vows on June 29, 1983. However, their love wasn't meant to be, as their marriage journey ended after twelve years in 1995. Ruth and Reddy have not disclosed their reasons for ending their marriage.

Ruth Was The Third Husband Of Helen Reddy

Milton Ruth wasn't the first time Ain't No Way to Treat A Lady singer Helen Reddy fell in love wife. Ruth was the third man she had tied the knot free. She was previously married on two separate occasions to Kenneth Weate and Jeff Wald.

Weate was the first man Reddy was married to. Her first marriage was also her shortest one. The two walked down the aisle in 1961 and got divorced in 1966. Then Jeff Wald walked into the picture. The two tied the knot the same year Reddy had divorced Weate. Her second marriage ended eventually in 1983.

Ruth Is A Stepfather

Milton Ruth may not be a biological father, but he has experienced what it's like to become a father. He took on the father's responsibility for Traci Wald Donat and Jordan Sommers

Helen Reddy is holding her son Jordan Sommers while Traci Wald Donat is sitting next to her for the picture.
An old picture of Helen Reddy with Traci Wald Donat and Jordan Sommers (Source: Facebook @HELEN REDDY FANS CLUB)

Donat's actual father is Kenneth Weate, and she was born on January 19, 1963. She has made her career also in the entertainment industry like her mother, Helen Reddy. She has worked as a TV Director, and as per her IMDb page, she directed the 1983 short film A Nightmare on Drug Street.

Sommers like Donat is also involved in the same industry but as producers. He was born on December 12, 1972. His IMDb page says that he has been the producer of the short film Photo Finish and Easy 4U2 Say. He is also the director of the movies like The Perfect Host and Jack Frost.

The Death Of Reddy

The You and Me Against The World singer, Hellen Reddy, tragically lost her life on September 29, 2020. She lost her long battle with dementia as she passed away in Los Angeles, California. Rolling Stones has mentioned that the Australian singer was 78 years old at the time of her death.

Her Ex-husband Jeff Wald wrote a heartfelt message for her on his Instagram. Despite the divorce, the two were still good friends, which shows the moving message he wrote for her. She was his first wife. On the other hand, Ruth has maintained silence regarding it, as he has not mentioned anything regarding his ex-wife's passing.

The Time Helen Reddy Ex Husband Milton Ruth Was Attacked

Ruth's time with Reddy was far from easy. The drummer and the You and Me Against The World singer were allegedly attacked by her previous husband, Jeff Wald.

The allegations were made by Reddy, who said that Wald attacked her and her then-fiancee Ruth. The incident, as per her statement, occurred in their Brentwood house. UPI archives have a written record of what happened between the two.

The action is based on the singer's allegations that Wald attacked her and Ruth at the Brentwood residence last month. She said her ex-husband 'tossed me about' and slugged Ruth in the head, then tried to run him down with his car.

Jeff Wald is dressed as a cowboy as he and Helen Reddy are walking together in this monochrome image.
Helen Reddy with Jeff Wald, the man she accused of attacking her (Source: Instagram @jeffwald)

The then-Supreme Court judge Richard Lavine overlooked the case. And the verdict was given in favor of Ruth and Reddy as Wald was constrained from getting in any form of physical attack, meeting, and even trying to contact the It's Not Easy singer.

Helen Reddy Ex Husband Milton Ruth Net Worth

Milton Ruth net worth of $1 Million speaks volumes about his drumming talent. It's not easy to make a living doing drums unless you are exceptionally talented. However, he made a career in drumming and is doing great in that field. 

Ruth has chosen not to provide any details on his wealth. Hence, the source of his income remains to be discovered. But, he has worked with his ex-wife Reddy, and her songs are known to be a huge commercial success, so they could have contributed massively to his wealth. Also, he wasn't just a drum player but a drum producer, which could have aided his net worth.

His ex-wife Helen Reddy was a singing phenomenon. The late singer, at the time of her death, had an estimated net worth of $3 Million (same as actress Alicia Borrachero). Her hits like I am Woman, You're My World has contributed immensely to her wealth.

Reddy's Fascinating Career

Helen Reddy's decision to enter the entertainment industry can be slightly credited to her family. She grew up in a family of entertainers as both her father, Max Reddy, and her mother, Stella Campbell, were actors. The Angie Baby singer surely had a lot of influence from his family.

Also known as The Singing Nun, Reddy sold over 15 million albums and 10 million singles in her lifetime.  She has also made history for a country as the first Australian artist to win a Grammy Award and have a song on the top of the Billboard charts. Her musical achievements have also landed her the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame star she received on the same day Chef Geoff Tracy was born, i.e., July 23, 1974.

But it's not just the music that people recognize Reddy for. She was a bold woman and spoke about things that were controversial for its time. Her now iconic Grammy acceptance speech was received negatively when she thanked God because she made everything possible. She has also been involved in politics with her association with the democratic party.


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