|Real Name/Full Name||John Michael Stipe|
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:||Michael Stipe|
|Birth Place:||Decatur, Georgia|
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:||4 January 1960|
|Age/How Old:||63 years old|
|Height/How Tall:||In Centimetres – 175 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
|Weight:||In Kilograms – 82 Kg
In Pounds – 181 lbs
|Parents Name:||Father – John Stipe
Mother – Marianne Stipe
|College:||University of Georgia|
|Wife/Spouse Name:||Thomas Dozol|
|Net Worth:||$80 million|
|Last Updated:||March 2023|
Your expertise in any field is what determines how far you will go. If you want to be successful, you must be able to play your cards right. Always look for gaps that nobody else can fill and be there to provide a solution. In this way, you will be an irreplaceable asset in any company, group or industry you deal with. If you ask Michael Stipe, he understands this pretty well.
Michael is a great singer-songwriter who is best known for being the lyricist and lead singer of an alternative rock band known as R.E.M. Michael is also celebrated for his distinctive poetic lyrics, vocal quality, and unique stage presence. There are some of the qualities that have made him as famous as he is today. Stipe sings in keening, wailing and arching vocal figures which seems to be what attracted David Buckler, the R.E.M. biographer to Michael.
Well, how well do you know about Michael Stipe? If not much, here is what we know about Michael Stipe to date.
Biography and Early Life
For all those born on the 4th of January in 1960, you need to understand that in Decatur, Georgia, there was a couple that was celebrating the birth of their baby boy. They decided to name him John Michael Stipe. Michael is the son of John Stipe and his wife Marianne Stipe. His father John Stipe serviced in the United States Army as a serviceman and this made Michael a military brat.
His father’s career just like many other people working in the military resulted in frequent relocations, and he always moved with his family. Two years after Michael’s birth, his parents welcomed another child in 1962, and they named her Lynda Stipe. Lynda followed in his brother’s footsteps, and she is today known as the vocalist of Hetch Hetchy which she founded.
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
So, how old is Michael Stipe in 2023, and what is his height and weight? Well, Michael Stipe’s age is 63 years old as of today’s date 20th March 2023 having been born on 4 January 1960. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 175 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 181lbs in Pound and 82 kg in Kilograms.
As mentioned above, although Michael was born in Decatur, Georgia, he spent his childhood in different places due to his father’s occupation. Some of the places he lived include; Illinois, West Germany, Texas and Alabama. For his high school studies, he graduated from Collinsville, Illinois. The album artwork of Eponymous has his photo pictured.
He was also an employee at the local Waffle House. He was born and raised in a Christian family since his family’s previous generations were ministers at Methodist. He attended the University of Georgia, Athens but he later dropped out to pursue his career in music.
Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids
In 1983, Stipe met Natalie Merchant who was also a fellow musician of the band 10,000 Maniacs. The two fell in love with each other, and they started dating. Their relationship however lasted for a short period of time as they later went their separate ways but nobody knows why. In 1992, there were rumors that he was HIV positive to which he responded by saying his White House Stop AIDS hat and his skinny body are enough reasons for people to make such conclusions. Which means that these were just mere rumors.
At the same period, he revealed that he was queer after some rumours of him being gay reached him. He says that he enjoys dating both men and women and has been severally attracted to both genders. He also revealed that he had dated a man for three good years and things were going pretty well.
It was later discovered that the name of the man was Douglas A. Martin. Recently, it was discovered that Michael is married to Thomas Dozol. There is however no information of their wedding as it is said to have been a private ceremony. At the same time, the couple has not received any kids yet.
Is Michael Stipe Gay?
There were many rumors connecting Michael Stipe with gay relationships, but he came out and confirmed that he is not gay. Michael said he is attracted to both men and women and therefore he describes himself as being queer.
Stipe met Peter Buck when he was still in college, and they became good friends. The two started writing music together and agreed to form a band. At the time, Michael was a member of Gangster band but ones Buck joined him with Mike Mills and Bill Berry, he left the previous band. Stipe was the youngest in the band, and he is also the one who came up with the name of the band R.E.M.
After dropping out of college to concentrate on music, they signed I with Hib-Tone records and had a successful opening show which titled The Police. This marked the beginning of the music career and they have done many songs since then. Some of these include; Chronic Town, Murmurs, Reckoning and Fables of the Reconstruction among others.
Michael has had a very successful career in music and one of their albums Murmur became such a great heat that it beat Michael Jackson’s album Thriller. This also won the Album of the Year Award which was a great success for them.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Michael Stipe in 2023
After such a successful career, you can be sure that Michael is a force to reckon with in the world of music. This has also won him great wealth and his current net worth is estimated at $80 million as of 2023.
Michael has not only been featured in the music world only, but he has been involved in film and television work. He has served in films like Velvet Goldmine, Man on the Moon and Being John Malkovich as an executive producer.