Atila Altaunbay: Grace Jones’ Ex-Husband, Nearly Half Her Age, Once Her Personal Bodyguard

We’re all familiar with the classic case of partners using the fame of their significant other for personal gain. We’ve seen it too many times now. 

Atila Altaubay is no different. His marriage to Grace Jones easily paved the way for him to break into the entertainment industry.

Things aren’t as simple as they sound – as his marriage faced multiple obstacles. Like what, you ask? That’s what I aim to cover in this post. 

Let’s get right to it!

Atila Altaunbay’s Early Life

Grace Jones

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Despite being the ex-husband of a famous artist, we sadly couldn’t find much about Atila Altaunbay’s early life. We know he was born to a Muslim family in 1976 in Turkey, making him 47 as of writing this post.

Altaunbay went to school in Turkey where he didn’t stay for long. Since he wasn’t school-smart, he decided to focus on elevating his body. So, he trained to become a bodyguard. He couldn’t do it full-time, though, so he worked as a pizza delivery boy on the side.

As luck would have it, one day, Grace Jones visited the same club he worked in. Did we forget to mention that Altaunbay was a handsome man? He immediately caught her attention.

Jones even offered him a job as her personal bodyguard, and Altaunbay accepted. You’d think something like this only happens in fictional stories, but here’s proof that meet cutes happen in real life too!

Atila and Grace’s Relationship

From an outsider’s perspective, Altaunbay and Jones’ relationship seemed perfect. The more time they spent together, the more they realized they had much in common.

Both shared a deep love for music, and Jones admitted that Atila was a talented singer. Sadly, that wasn’t enough to save that relationship from what would happen next:

The Start of the Relationship


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A few months into the new job, Altaunbay and Jones started dating. Not long afterward, Jones proposed to Atila during their trip to the carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro. We know what you’re thinking: “That’s too early!”

And you’re not wrong.

Here’s the thing: the couple kept their relationship secret from the media, which is why their marriage took the world by surprise. Grace even chose to have a small wedding in a private house—despite being known for leading an extravagant lifestyle.

The Rocky Climax

The marriage raised a few eyebrows as there was a clear age gap between the pair. It wasn’t long before the media found out that Jones was almost twice the age of Altaunbay. Needless to say, the happy couple made a few headlines.

Sadly, that was only the start of a series of unfortunate events.

You see, Altaunbay was the youngest child in his family, so he wasn’t allowed to get married before his brothers. Being strict authoritarians, his parents condemned him for breaking his family’s tradition.

It also didn’t help that they didn’t approve of the age gap between him and Jones. Sadly, it seemed Altaunbay had no other choice but to cut ties with his family. 

And yet: the problems kept coming.

Grace and Atila’s marriage was later declared invalid because the priest who officiated their ceremony was gay. The couple had to remarry, with Jones’ father officiating this time.

Atila and Grace’s Separation

Atila and Grace’s Separation

The happy couple seemed to be going strong for a while. Altaunbay has even used his relationship with Jones to break into the music and acting world. 

However, everything changed when he showed his aggressive nature.

Grace Jones says that he was more territorial than she thought, which led to him trying to attack her with a weapon in the kitchen once. After that, we couldn’t blame her for fearing for her life with him and deciding to leave.

Given everything we covered so far, we don’t think a divorce was that surprising, was it? 

Atila Altaunbay Now

That’s the big question. Sadly, no one knows. Altaunbay keeps a low profile away from the public eye. He doesn’t even engage in social media anymore.

Wrapping Up

The moment Atila Altaunbay and Grace Jones met, they took a liking to each other—and it wasn’t long before they got married.

However, their relationship faced several personal and public condemnations. That only foreshadowed the inevitable divorce they had after eight years of marriage. 

Ruthie H. Adams

I embrace life with joy, seeking the sparkle in ordinary moments. Despite being far from a success story, we can still live fabulously.

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