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Marisol Maldonado – Meet the lady who stole Rob Thomas’ heart at first sight

Who is Marisol Maldonado?

Marisol Maldonado, aka Marisol Thomas, is a former fashion model, producer, and socialite. She came to the public attention when she got into a relationship and married Grammy-award winning rockstar, Rob Thomas. Marisol has also made an appearance for Rob Thomas’s music video for his famous song ‘Smooth’ in which he had teamed up with Santana.

Marisol Maldonado likes to keep her private life personal and away from the public eye. However, let’s look at what we could gather about this amazing lady who is beautiful inside and out. 

Quick facts

Full nameMarisol Maldonado/Marisol Thomas
BirthplaceQueens, New York City
Date of birthMay 27, 1971
Age49 years old
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityLatina
Height5”7′ inch (170.18 cm)
WeightUnknown
Eye colorBrown
Hair colorBrown
ProfessionFormer model/Producer/Philanthropist/Manager
Sun signGemini
Father’s nameUnknown
Mother’s nameMaria Maldonado
Marital statusMarried
HusbandRob Thomas (1999-present)
StepchildrenMaison Avery William Thomas
Net worth$5 million
Social mediaUnknown

Age, family, and education

Marisol Maldonado was born on May 27, 1971, in Queens, New York City, to Maria Maldonado. Although not much information is revealed to the public regarding Marisol’s family background, her parents are of Puerto Rican descent. 

Marisol Maldonado

Marisol spent most of her childhood in New York with her family. However, since she likes to stay secretive about her private life, there is no information about her educational background either. But, by looking at how she carries herself and what she has been doing as a notable philanthropist, we can easily guess that she is a well-educated person. 

Personal traits

Marisol Maldonado turned 49 years old this year. Since she was born on May 27, her sun sign lies under Gemini. People born on this day of the month are known to have a particular but graceful personality. They possess a sense of stubbornness inside them but are also generous people with a passion for their loved ones. 

We are guessing such characteristics are the reason that made a rockstar like Rob Thomas fall head-over-heels for Marisol for more than 20 years. 

The beauty with a charming dimpled smile stands tall at 5”7′ inches (170.18 cm). Likewise, to complete her look, she has beautiful brown eyes and long brown hair. 

Marisol was born in New York, she holds an American nationality, but ethnically she is a Latina. 

Relationships

Marisol only came to the limelight after her relationship with her present husband, Rob. So, there is not much intel available about her previous relationships. 

On the other hand, she met her present rockstar husband when she was 24, and he was 27. At that time, Rob was on tour with his band ‘Matchbox Twenty’. On the other hand, Marisol and her friends attended one of Rob’s concerts through a friend who worked as a guitar technician for Rob’s band. 

Marisol Maldonado with Rob Thomas

Afterward, Marisol got invited to the band’s after-party, which is where she met Rob for the first time. The lovebirds had only talked for 10 minutes at the party, but both confirmed that it was love at first sight. In an interview, Marisol stated that she recognized him as the man of her dreams.

She said, “I left and told my girlfriend, ‘That’s the guy I’m going to marry.’ I tell people I have always been married to him – I just hadn’t met him yet.” Rob then had called her when he was still on tour with his band every night for two weeks. Furthermore, the couple was confident about their relationship, and they even decided to get matching tattoos within a week after they started dating. 

They had gotten the tattoo while they had passed through a tattoo parlor in New York. While Rob had his tattoo made on his arm, Marisol chose to put it in her ankle. The matching tattoo was a Japanese symbol that denoted ‘loyalty’. 

Wedding with Rob Thomas

Two months into dating Marisol, Rob was utterly sure that she was the one for him, leading him to propose her with an antique-style engagement ring. However, he did not have a big proposal planned out like many celebrities usually do. According to an interview, Rob stated that it was a spontaneous proposal. 

The couple was arguing about something while in a parking lot in Atlanta when Rob just took out the ring from his pocket and popped the question. He even joked about the event and was quoted saying, “I think I won the argument. Though I guess I can only play that card once!”

The couple got married on October 2, 1999, on the grounds of the Santa Ynez, California ranch. The venue belonged to Rob’s manager, Michael Lippman. While Rob was wearing a Gucci tuxedo for his big day, Marisol was wearing a Vera Wang gown of Duchesse satin. The couple then went for a romantic honeymoon in Hawaii for three weeks after their wedding ceremony.

About her husband, Rob Thomas

Marisol Maldonado’s husband, Rob Kelly Thomas, was born on February 14, 1972, in Landstuhl, West Germany. He is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is mainly known to be the lead singer of the Rock band called ‘Matchbox Twenty’. 

Rob Thomas had a rough upbringing due to his parents’ rocky relationship, which led him to act out often when he was in his twenties. He was also sent to jail for two years for stealing a car. 

Marisol Maldonado and Rob Thomas

However, things changed when he had a son from a past relationship and met his wife. Marisol’s stepson – Maison Avery William Thomas, was born one year before her wedding on July 10, 1998. Rob always credits his wife – Marisol, and son – Maison, for his professional and personal life. 

Rob was once even quoted saying, “My life is my muse, whether it’s my relationship with my wife or something with my son.”

Talking about his career, Rob’s band, Matchbox Twenty, had emerged as one of the most successful Rock bands of the late 1990s. Their debut album ‘Yourself or Someone Like You’ made 10 million sales in just the US.

Rob Thomas has also received a Grammy award for a song called ‘Smooth’, which he had co-written with Carlos Santana’s rock band. He wrote the song in honor of Marisol Maldonado, leading her even to make an appearance for the song’s music video. 

Although Thomas’s band is on an infinite hiatus, Rob has been pursuing his career as a solo artist. He recently released his fourth solo album called ‘Chip Tooth Smile’, a name given by Marisol Maldonado for his cracked tooth that he had gotten when he was 19 while slam-dancing in a concert. 

Marisol Maldonado career

During her early twenties, Marisol Maldonado used to work as a full-time model. She has worked with several high-end brands and featured in several magazines. Likewise, she has also made an appearance in Rob Thomas’s other music video called ‘Ever the Same’. 

Apart from modeling, Maldonado has also produced Rom Thomas’s documentary movie called ‘My Secret Record.’ The documentary followed Thomas while he worked on his solo debut album called ‘Something to be’. It included an intimate scene in Thomas’s life, where he was juggling between his album, red carpet events, press release, ad campaigns, and music videos.

The documentary also included scenes about Rob supporting and dealing with Marisol’s battle with an autoimmune disease.

In 2006, Marisol also appeared in one of the episodes of a TV show called ‘Punk’d’. The TV show is about pranking celebrities with the help of a hidden camera. Punk’d have featured several Hollywood stars like Ashton Kutcher, Rob Thomas, Katie Holmes, Justin Timberlake, and Kristen Bell. 

Besides her involvement in the modeling and entertainment industry, today, Marisol also works as her husband’s manager and helps him maintain his career

Marisol Maldonado charity works

Marisol Maldonado, along with her husband and mother, also runs an organization called Sidewalk Angels Foundation. According to its website, the foundation works to provide funds/support to twenty no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues in the US. 

 
 
 
 
 
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The organization aims to fight for the rights and the fair treatment of animals. Marisol and her family have been able to build facilities like barns and kennels for animals, streamline the adoption process, and organize extensive rescue operations across the country. Likewise, they have been trying to raise awareness of violent crimes conducted against animals. 

Marisol and Rob also conduct an annual charity concert at a place called ‘The Borgata’ in the Atlantic City to raise money for the foundation. The foundation also has a fund-raise section with merchandise like bracelets, caps, t-shirts, and dog clothes. 

Marisol Maldonado illness

Marisol Maldonado has been struggling with autoimmune and multiple tick-borne diseases since 2003. According to Marisol, the condition that is also labeled as Lyme disease was tough to diagnose correctly at her initial stage. Before her correct diagnosis, she had got diagnosed with diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus.

However, the doctors finally discovered that she was suffering from eight tick-borne diseases when they removed a lesion from her brain. Marisol suffers from several symptoms like numbness, seizures, visual disturbances, and even the inability to bear a child because of her illness. Besides, she also suffers from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which was triggered by her Lyme infection. 

Due to her condition, Marisol has adopted several treatments to lessen her symptoms. Her treatments have ranged from taking drugs to conducting holistic therapies. 

Despite such challenges, Marisol still accompanies her husband to support him while he travels for his tours. Rob, too reciprocates the care equally. In an interview with Nightline, Marisol stated that her husband tried very hard to balance his personal and professional career. 

She stated, “He would be on the bus feeding dogs, giving medications, doing a therapy for me that required injections that my doctor had taught him how to do. He made sure we were ok, before getting in front of a stage to play for thousands of people and then went meet-and-greets right after it.”

Furthermore, she added that she had no idea her husband was struggling to balance his personal and professional life six days a week as he never complained about it.

Currently, the couple is also advocating to spread awareness about Lyme disease. They recently joined forces with Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) through their foundation to share information on protecting families from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Due to Marisol’s struggle to fight the disease, the GLA had also provided her an opportunity to give an honoree speech in their annual gala in New York. 

In the speech, she stated that contracting the disease made her feel like she was standing still just existing but was unable to participate in anything. Her condition made her feel like she was utterly alone for no one could understand the pain that she suffered every minute of her life. 

Marisol Maldonado net worth

Marisol has worked on several modeling projects and TV shows. She has a net worth of $5 million.

On the other hand, her husband’s net worth is around $17 million, which he accumulated through his career as both lead-singer in Matchbox Twenty and as a solo artist. 

Marisol Maldonado social media

Despite being in the limelight with her famous husband, Marisol does not own any social media accounts. However, her husband often posts pictures of her on his social media platforms. 

On the other hand, the couple does have an Instagram account for their Sidewalk Angeles Foundation in which Marisol posts pictures of her and Rob with their rescue animals.

https://www.instagram.com/sidewalkangels/

Marisol Maldonado now

Marisol Maldonado does not have a perfect life. On the bright side, she still does have a devoted husband who supports her through her struggles.

Today, she is successfully running a noble foundation that fights for the voiceless animals. 

Likewise, she is also a great role model for people who suffer from the same condition as her. She pushes herself in every way possible to reach out to people who are suffering like her to help them find happiness.

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