Many of you might have heard the name of the famous Australian-American singer, songwriter, author, actress, and activist named Helen Maxine Reddy. She was married to Milton Ruth. He is a professional drummer who came into the limelight after his marriage to Helen.
According to the reports, he was a drummer in her band and was also a part of her album “Feel So Young” (1990), both as a drummer and producer. They started developing feelings for each other and eventually, the two got married.
But unfortunately, their relationship couldn’t last long as they decided to get divorced 25 years before Helen’s death. If you are interested to know more about his personal life, career, children, and relationships then you are in the right place as we will tell you everything you need to know about him in this article.
Friendship to Lovers
As mentioned above, Milton is mainly known for his marriage to the late Australian-American singer Helen. However, he was not her first husband as it turns out he was the third husband of the center stage singer.
Apparently, they had decided to walk down the aisle in June of 1983 in a private wedding ceremony. So, what’s their love story? Milton and Helen became close to one another after they met while he had started working as a drummer in her band.
It was only a matter of time before their friendship turned into love and after it did they instantly decided to get married. But unfortunately, their relationship couldn’t last long as they decided to end their relationship after spending time together for 12 years.
Their divorce was finalized in 1995 and the reason for their divorce hasn’t been known to this date.
Apparently, Milton was not her first husband as she had been in two different marital relationships. At the age of 20, she got married to Kenneth Claude Weate. He was much older than her and he was a musician. They decided to call it quits and filed for divorce. Their divorce was finalized in 1966.
Furthermore, she had said that she only wed Kenneth to defy her parents who wished her to follow them into show business. Together, they had welcomed a daughter named Traci on 19th January 1963.
After that, she married another guy named Jeff Wald in 1968. Surprisingly, she converted to Judaism before marrying the native of the Bronx. Together they had a son named Jordan (born in 1972). However, their relationship wasn’t going well as the couple used to have “huge, healthy fights”. So, by 2nd January 1981, they were separated and she even filed for divorce. But she withdrew her petition the day after filing it, stating: “After 13 years of marriage, a separation of one month is too short to make a decision.”
Even after Wald had moved into a Beverly Hills treatment facility to overcome an eight-year cocaine addiction, he couldn’t stop his addiction. So, after finding evidence of Wald’s continued substance abuse in 1982 she decided to end their relationship once and for all.
Their divorce was finalized in January 1983 and they agreed to share custody of their son. But both of them decided to file for sole custody. Later, her son became her assistant and changed his surname to Sommers.
Being Step-Father to His Ex-Wife’s Two Kids
Milton and Helen didn’t have any children. But as mentioned earlier, Helen has two children from her previous relationships. So, Milton became the step-father of his ex-wife’s children, namely Traci Wald Donat and Jordan Sommers.
Even though they are not his biological son and daughter, he is still very close to them and they share a great relationship. Traci is the eldest child from Helen’s relationship with her first spouse Kenneth. She was born on 19th January 1963.
Similarly, Jordan was born during Helen’s relationship with Jeff on 12th December 1972 in Los Angeles, California. The kids are all grown-ups and are doing pretty well in their life.
Milton is a professional drummer and a grandfather
As you might already know, Milton is a successful drummer and has previously worked with his ex-wife Helen in her band. He used to perform as a drummer.
After he got married to Helen, he performed as a drummer as well as became the producer of Helen’s album “Feel So Young” (1990). He was a professional drummer in the past but now he no longer performs.
As mentioned earlier, Milton was not fortunate enough to become a biological father as he never had a child. But he is really fortunate enough to be a grandfather to his step-daughter’s kid.
His step-daughter Traci got married to Lucas Donat on 20th July 1984. She is currently working as a television director and is renowned for her role in the short film titled “A Nightmare on Drug Street” (1989). Furthermore, she has founded her own business which sells herbal products.
Together they welcomed their daughter Lily Donat and she has followed in her grandmother’s footsteps. She has become an actress just like her grandmother Helen. She is well known for her roles in films like “Easy 4U2 Say” (2016) and “I Am Woman”(2019).
Milton is really fortunate enough to share a great relationship with his granddaughter.
His Ex-Wife has died
Milton’s ex-wife Helen died after 25 years of their divorce. She had died at the age of 78 in Los Angeles on 29th September 2020. She had he kidney removed just at the age of 17. Furthermore, it has been reported that she suffered from Addison’s disease and dementia in her later years.
After her death, her daughter Traci shared a heartfelt message on her Facebook account announcing her death.
The post reads, “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.”
Furthermore, she also made a post on Instagram the very next day announcing her mother’s death. You can watch the post down below.
What is he up to these days?
Milton has completely disappeared from the internet and media after his divorce from his late-singer wife. Furthermore, he doesn’t have any social media account which makes it very difficult to know about his current life.
He must be around 80 years at the present. So, let’s hope that he is living quite a happy and peaceful life.
After his disappearance from the media, his life remains a mystery as he continues to stay away from the media. So, his exact net worth is currently unknown.
However, he was a very successful drummer in the past and he must have earned quite a lot of money from his professional career. But it has been estimated that his net worth is about USD 1 million.
On the other hand, his ex-wife Helen had an estimated net worth of around USD 3 million at the time of her death. She had made a fortune from her successful long-term career as a singer, songwriter, author, actress, and activist.