Atila Altaunbay Biography- Husband of Grace Jones

Who is Atila Altaunbay?

Atila Altaunbay is a Model, Singer, Actor, and bodyguard by profession. He is of Turkish Nationality and is famed for being the husband of the famous Grace Jones.

As you scroll down, you will get the details on the life of Atila and Grace Jones.

Atila Altaunbay Biography
Atila Altaunbay biography

Quick Facts

Full NameAtila Altaunbay
Age47 years old
Sun signNo information
TraitsNo information
Currently residingTurkey
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseGrace Jones
ChildrenPaulo Goude (Stepson)
Grand ChildrenAthena Goude
EducationNo information
ProfessionActor, Model, Singer, and Bodyguard
Eye ColorDark Brown
NetworthUSD 800K +

Early Life

Atila Altaunbay and Grace Jones
Atila Altaunbay and Grace Jones

Born in 1976 in Turkey, Atila Altaunbay is a Turkish Muslim. However, he grew up and lived in Belgium. She has taken singing classes and CPR training. 

Also, as a bodyguard, he must have trained in fights. 

Atila rose to fame after his marriage to Grace Jones.

Atila and Grace met in Belgium. He was hired as a bodyguard for Grace.


Atila Altaunbay’s work required frequent contact hence, which brought them closer.

Soon they started dating. Regardless, both did not show any affection in public. Finally, Grace proposed to Atila 1-2 months after their relationship. 

The couple married on February 24, 1996. 

The ceremony was held in a private house by Presbyterian Ministry in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, with only 50 guests. After that, the couple went to New York for their honeymoon.

Although the couple got married, Atila’s family did not accept it. Atila was the youngest in the family & according to his family, marriage should occur by order of age.

It means that the elder child must get married first to someone around his age and the younger one comes last. However, the family disagreed with the marriage, so Atila disobeyed them and eloped to Brazil with Grace.

After they returned home, Grace Jones’ father held another ceremony for the couple at their family house in Syracuse.

Unfortunately, despite going through so much for their marriage, Grace, and Atila, split up after seven years in 2004. 

In an interview, Grace stated that it was due to a threatening argument.

It seemed to be due to jealousy. Things heated up as they talked & Atila Altaunbay took a knife threatening to kill Grace.

After this argument, Atila left and never returned. Grace said Atila had disappeared. Notably, the couple did not divorce legally.

Grace Jones (wife)

Atila Altaunbay's wife Grace Jones
Atila Altaunbay’s wife, Grace Jones

Born on May 19, 1948, to Robert W. Jones and Marjorie in the Spanish Town of Jamaica, Grace Jones is the 70 superstar. She moved to New York with her four siblings and parents when she was 12.

She has an extensive career ranging in Singing, Dancing, Modeling, Acting, and even Writing.

Grace has been a source of inspiration for major artists like Rihanna and Lady Gaga.

When involved with Grace Jones, Atila did not have an affair with anyone. 

She was in several relationships before and after Atila.

She dated Jean-Paul Goude from 1977 to 1984. After this, she dated the music producer, Chris Stanley, causing a marriage rumor.

However, in 2015, she cleared the rumors saying they only dated briefly. In 1996, Grace dated and married Atila Altaunbay.

Grace Jones with Dolph Lundgren
Grace Jones with Dolph Lundgren

After splitting up with Atila in 2004, she dated the co-star from A View to Kill, Dolph Lundgren. Dolph was also her former bodyguard.

Later on, she dated actor Sven-Ole Thorsen shortly. Currently, Grace Jones emphasizes that she is in an open relationship.

But the identity of her boyfriend is not yet revealed to the public.

Paulo Goude (stepson)

Paulo Goude at Margeila Fashion Show
Paulo Goude at Margeila Fashion Show

Atila Altaunbay and Grace Jones do not have any children together.

But before Grace met Atila, she had a son with Jean-Paul Goude.

Jean-Paul Goude is a French Director, Photographer, and Designer who worked with Grace numerous times. Grace and Paul dated for seven years, having a son Paulo Goude.

Paulo was born on November 12, 1979. He is a name originating from Portuguese and means the place of rest.

Atila’s stepson spent his childhood in New York and Paris, speaking English and French. He went to a high school in the United Kingdom and was interested in music.

So, he learned piano and digital composing at the same time. Paulo is a model and a musician by profession.

Paulo and Grace have a great bond with each other. He credits her mother as his first fan and first critic.

Paulo has two siblings from, his father and Karen Goude. Their names are Theo Goude and Lorelei Goude. He is close to them.

Paulo formed a trio band named Trybez. The band members are Paulo with Faisal Attia (French Actor and Singer) and Azella Amigues (Dancer and Vocalist).

The band specializes in international hip-hop soul and has performed at several concerts worldwide. The group has also performed at Grace Jones concerts.

Atila Altaunbay Career

Grace Jones with Paulo Goude (Son), Azella (Paulo's girlfriend), and Athena (Granddaughter)
Grace Jones with Paulo Goude (Son), Azella (Paulo’s girlfriend), and Athena (Granddaughter)

Before meeting Grace Jones, Atila Altaunbay worked as a Pizza Delivery Guy in Belgium. He also took singing classes and sang at weddings.

Atila was then a movie star featured in various roles in stage plays. Atila’s first popular movie was Mind Games. At the same time, he was into modeling too.

After Atila met Grace Jones, he worked as her bodyguard. However, after the couple split up, it is not confirmed what work Atila currently does or where he lives.


Atila and Grace attending an award ceremony after their marriage
Atila and Grace attending an award ceremony after their marriage

Atila became the focus after Grace disclosed that Atila had threatened to kill her because of an argument.

Later on, Grace Jones shared in her Autobiography about the age difference between her and Atila. When the couple was married, Atila was in his 20s & Grace was in her late 40s. 

Besides these, Disney put Grace on a lifetime ban from its properties after she pulled her top off, lit up, and smoked during a live show in Downtown Disney House of Blues (1998), Florida.

Atila Altaunbay Net Worth

Atila earned around USD 800K as a bodyguard for Grace Jones. There are no confirmations for his earnings through other sources.

So, we can assume his estimated net worth has exceeded USD 800K. On the other hand, Grace Jones has a net worth of USD 7 Million & Paulo has approximately USD 1.4 Million.

All of which are expected to rise further in the future.

Social Media

After Atila splits up with Grace Jones, his whereabouts are found nowhere. Similarly, Atila is also not available on social media or other sites unless he changes his name to something else.

Alternatively, Grace Jones is active on social media sites. She has 308K followers on Instagram, 64.8K on Twitter, and 502K on Facebook.

Paulo is also available on Instagram with the id @nappymogul and 2.5K followers.


How old is Atila Altaunbay?

As of 2022, Atila Altaunbay is 47 years old.

Who is Atila Altaunbay’s son?

Atila does not have any biological son with Grace Jones. Alternatively, he has a stepson named Paulo Goude from Grace and Jean-Paul Goude.

What is the relationship between Grace Jones and Atila Altaunbay?

Grace Jones and Atila Altaunbay are husband and wife. They split up in 2004 but have not divorced legally.

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