Who Is Neil Diamond First Wife Jayne Posner? Details On Their Failed Marriage

By Anisha Maharjan | Updated on June 8, 2022
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    Jayne Posner came to media attention as the first wife of American songwriter and singer Neil Diamond. Her former husband Neil has received numerous prestigious accolades throughout his career, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. His signature songs are “Sweet Caroline”, “America”, “You don’t bring me flowers” etc.

    For their love life, the high school sweethearts married for years before they went their separate ways. After their divorce, Neil has moved on with his new wife. Yet there is nothing new about what Jayne is doing these days. So, let’s find out where is Neil Diamond’s first wife now? What is Jayne doing at present?

    Here is everything about her professional and personal life!

    Jayne Posner Early-life and Education

    Jayne was born in the United States. However, the information about her date of birth is yet to revealed. Similarly, the ex-celebrity spouse hasn’t introduced either her parents or siblings.

    Posner comes from a Caucasian family and her religion is Christianity. Furthermore, according to ancestry, her surname “Posner” is a habitational name for someone from the city or province of Poznan (German Posen) in west-central Poland.

    Moving further to her educational background, Posner graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Other than that, her academic qualifications are not disclosed.

    Career: Jayne Posner is a former school teacher

    Jayne chose a school teacher as her profession. She used to be a school teacher in her former days.

    Coming to her ex-partner, Neil is a famous American singer-songwriter, musician, and occasional actor. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

    The Sweet Caroline singer has also received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

    Neil composed a song to propose Jayne

    Both Jayne and Neil attended Abraham Lincoln High School. At the time Neil was into writing poetry. He composed poems for girls to win their hearts.

    Jayne's ex-husband and singer Neil Diamond
    American songwriter-singer Neil Diamond

    On proposing his first wife Jayne, Neil cited:

    “I was 16 and had a crush on a girl, so I composed a song about ‘I love you so much, let’s go off and get married. I performed it for her, and she agreed to marry me.” ‘I’ve got to try this again,’ I replied. It wasn’t great, but it got the job done.”

    Following his graduation, he served as a waiter in the Catskills resort area. It was where he got to be more close and spend more time with Jayne.

    Jayne Posner and Neil were high school sweethearts

    The former couple met for the first time while attending Abraham Lincoln High School and gradually fell in love. After some years of relationship, they tied the knot in 1963.

    Sadly, they separated in 1967. After two years of separation, the former couple got officially divorced in 1969. They haven’t yet publicized the reasoning behind their divorce. 

    Jayne Has Two Daughters With Her Husband

    The marriage between Jayne and Neil only lasted as long as four years. During their nuptial relationship, the former duo was blessed with two daughters.

    Their daughters are Marjorie Diamond and Elyn Diamond.

    Neil Diamond Has Had a Life-Long Relationship With Guilt

    In an interview with daily mail, Neil revealed that he felt bad for being in relationships that couldn’t last long. Furthermore, he said that he was sad for his daughters as he couldn’t be a good father and wasn’t able to maintain his marital relationships.

    In May 2012, in an interview with Yahoo, the singer further expressed regrets about his two failed marital relationships one with his first wife and the second one with Marcia Murphey. He said,

    I had every possible chance to do it right. Both are spectacular women. I felt if I couldn’t make something wonderful and lifelong happen with them, then maybe I wasn’t capable of it. But I’m throwing myself back in because I like being married. I don’t want to end this whole fabulous journey alone. I want someone by my side who I love and who loves me.

    Jayne’s Ex-Husband Married Two Times

    As we said, Neil has been married thrice. Following his divorce with first wife Jayne, he married two more times. Here is the list of his wives.

    Marcia Murphey

    Rumor has it, Jayne’s ex-partner Neil married Marcia only weeks after divorcing his first wife.

    Jayne's ex-husband Neil with his 2nd wife Marcia
    Neil Diamond with his former second wife Marcia

    The two exchanged their vows on 5 December 1969. They have also two sons, Jesse and Micah Diamond. However, their marriage lasted for 25 years, ending in the mid-1990s.

    Katie McNeil

    On September 7, 2011, in a message on Twitter, Diamond announced his engagement to his girlfriend-turned-fiancee Katie McNeil.

    He wrote:

    Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you’re the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well. Neil

    Jayne Posner's ex-hubby Neil on his 3rd wedding
    Neil and Katie in their wedding

    The couple married in front of family and close friends in Los Angeles in 2012. In addition to serving as Diamond’s manager, McNeil also produced the documentary Neil Diamond: Hot August Nights NYC.

    Is Jayne Posner Married At Present?

    Ever since her divorce from her ex-husband Neil, Jayne has kept herself out of the media. She has since never come out with her relationship status. Furthermore, the ex-celebrity spouse isn’t much into social media handles. So, at present, we can’t say anything about whether or not Jayne is remarried.

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