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Barry and Liz Bonds Marriage Profile

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Barry and Liz Bonds at 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 18, 2007.

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Barry Bonds was described in the media as grumpy, touchy, suspicious, selfish, arrogant, self-absorbed, brazen, surly, sulky, brooding, uncooperative, secretive, quick-tempered, irritable, controlling, guarded, rude, insensitive, complaining, combative, moody, unavailable, calculating, and aloof.

Bonds was also described as a verbally abusive prima donna with a holier-than-thou attitude, a sense of entitlement, and an independent streak.

Yet, those close to Barry Bonds described Bonds as an extremely talented baseball player and a devoted husband and father. Even so, Liz Bonds filed for divorce.

News Updates:

3/22/11: A month before the beginning of Barry Bonds' trial for perjury and obstruction of justice, his wife Liz filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

6/8/09: Liz Watson filed for a legal separation from Barry Bonds.

2/27/09: Although Barry Bonds is charged with 11 counts of perjury, his trial is delayed indefinitely over a dispute about evidence.

Born:

Barry Lamar Bonds: July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California.

Elizabeth Watson:

Wedding Date and Info:

Barry and his longtime friend, Liz, were married on January 10, 1998, in San Francisco at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Their wedding was planned by Colin Cowie.

Their wedding reception had 240 guests. Barry serenaded Liz by singing Johnny Gill's "My, My, My" in front of their guests.

Previous Marriages and Relationships:

  • Susann (Sun) Margreth Branco: Barry and Susann met in August 1987 in a Montreal nightclub when she was a bartender. Sun also worked as a cosmetologist.
Sun is from Sweden. Barry and Susann (Sun) eloped and were married on February 6, 1988 in Las Vegas. Many sites state their wedding in Las Vegas as February 5, 1988. The February 6th date is from the Clark County Nevada records, marriage certificate #C032549.
According to Sun, their large, Mediterranean styled, $2.5 million home was the site of physical and emotional abuse by Barry. The house has five bedrooms, cabana, and a swimming pool on one acre. Barry testified that he had only kicked her once after she had kicked him.

Separating in June 1994, their marriage ended in a bitter divorce in December 1994. The primary dispute centered around their prenuptial agreement. The case went all the way to the California Supreme Court. Their marriage was annulled by the Catholic Church in 1997.

  • Kimberly Bell: A graphic artist, Kimberly Bell met Bonds in the players' parking lot at Candlestick Park in 1994. In June 2005, Kimberly Bell testified before a federal grand jury that she had a relationship with Barry Bonds from 1994 through May 2003. Bonds purchased a home in Scottsdale, Arizona for Kimberly.

Children:

Barry has three children.
  • Nikolai Lamar Bonds: Born December 1989. His mother is Susann Branco Bonds. Nikolai worked as a batboy for the San Francisco Giants.
  • Shikari Bonds: Born March 1991. Her mother is Susann Branco Bonds.
  • Aisha Lynn Bonds: Born February 1999. Her mother is Liz Watson Bonds.

Occupations and Interests:

Barry: Left fielder for the San Francisco Giants and an actor. Barry enjoys playing golf, photography, and music. Barry is involved in The Barry Bonds Foundation.
12/16/11: According to The New York Times, Barry Bonds was sentenced to "30 days of house arrest, 2 years of probation, 250 hours of community service with youth groups and a $4,000 fine."

4/13/11: Barry Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice. The jury could not reach an agreement on the other three counts. The sentencing date will be set at a hearing on May 20, 2011.

Residence:

Barry and Liz owned a 12,500-square-foot home on two acres in Los Altos Hills, California that is high tech. It reportedly has 19 televisions, 8 computers, and the "capability to control virtually anything in his home from his laptop computer."

Barry also owned a home in Beverly Park, Beverly Hills, California. More Info

Quotes about Marriage and Barry Bonds:

Barry about what makes a marriage work: "... the key to marital happiness is full disclosure. 'We came into the relationship knowing. I learned that from my first marriage ... She has to know your entire resume. We both know each other's flaws and are committed ... Friendship [is also important], you have to be friends first ... You have to show your good side and your bad side.'"
Source: Mary Margaret. "Barry Bonds Hits a Personal Home Run." People.com. 12/23/2007.

Bob McKercher, high school friend, about Barry: "I see the personal side of Barry. He's a human being, a very loving father, a family man. He's really good with kids and very dedicated to his job. But sometimes he needs space to do his job. He's not as surly as everyone says, but sometimes when you're backed into a corner, you're going to be defensive."
Source: AllStarz.hollywood.com

Barry about Sun: "We met at a nightclub in Montreal in 1987. Sun was a bartender. I wound up going to another club and she went to the same place with a girlfriend. We danced, talked, had some fun. I wouldn't say it was love at first sight because I don't believe in that, but it was chemistry. We met each other's needs. We fit together ... If it weren't for Sun I wouldn't have two MVP trophies. She's probably the most intelligent woman I ever met. Being from Sweden, where they don't have much television, she reads all the time and she's a quick learner. She'd never lived in the States, but she got her high school equivalency diploma without studying. I gave her the driver's license manual, she read it and passed the test the next day, perfect score. And she is a great mother. Sun has more patience than toilet paper."
Source: Playboy Interview.

Lawrence Stotter, Sun's lawyer, about the annulment: "Sun feels very strongly that despite the difficulties and fights and struggles they've had, they were very much in love as a young couple and it was a valid marriage. It's just outrageous for the church to now take a position, just because Barry is who he is, that the marriage was invalid from the beginning."
Source: Seattle Times. Nov 27, 1997.

Jeff Pearlman quote from interview in Gelf Magazine: "GM: In the book, it struck me how awkward and cruel Bonds was to women.
JP: He has horrible, horrible relations with women, and he always has. I don't think he gets it, I think he's confused. Like his teammates said, he's all about strippers."
Source: Gelfmagazine.com

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