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Desmond Child Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

Desmond Child Quick Info
Height 5 ft 9 in
Weight 95 kg
Date of Birth October 28, 1953
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Spouse Curtis Shaw

Desmond Child is an American songwriter, producer, and singer whose songwriting credits include a number of hit tracks such as You Give Love a Bad NameLivin’ on a PrayerBad Medicine, and Born to Be My Baby by Bon Jovi; I Was Made for Lovin’ You by Kiss; We All Sleep Alone and Just Like Jesse James by CherI Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett & the BlackheartsHow Can We Be Lovers? by Michael BoltonPoison by Alice Cooper; Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Angel, What It Takes, and Crazy by Aerosmith; The Cup of Life and Livin’ la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin. Moreover, Desmond Child co-founded the R&B-influenced pop-rock band Desmond Child & Rouge in 1975 which disbanded in 1980.

Born Name

John Charles Barrett

Nick Name

Desmond Child

Desmond Child at Lincoln Center's 'American Songbook' in 2019
Desmond Child at Lincoln Center’s ‘American Songbook’ in 2019 (Peter Matthews / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States


Nashville, Tennessee, United States





Songwriter, Producer, Singer


  • Father – Joseph Marfy
  • Mother – Elena “Mimi” Casals (January 28, 1927 – March 17, 2012) (Singer, Poet)
  • Siblings – Joey (b. Joseph Stephen) (Younger Brother), Fred Barrett (Brother)
  • Others – John Frederick Barrett (Stepfather)


Desmond Child has been signed with Deston Entertainment, Inc., Production Company, Nashville, Tennessee, United States.


Pop Rock, Adult Contemporary, Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Disco, Latin Pop



Net Worth

According to, his net worth has been $200 million.



Desmond Child and Naomi Judd posing for a picture
Desmond Child and Naomi Judd posing for a picture (Desmond Child / Instagram)


5 ft 9 in or 175 cm


95 kg or 209.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse

Desmond Child has dated –

  1. Maria Vidal – He was romantically involved with singer and songwriter Maria Vidal in the past. She has also been a founding member of the New York City-based band Desmond Child & Rouge. Desmond Child later came out to her and the song titled The Truth Comes Out from Desmond Child & Rouge‘s 2nd album Runners in the Night (1979) is written about that particular experience.
  2. Curtis Shaw – He is married to Curtis Shaw and the duo has twin sons – Roman Child and Nyro Child.

Race / Ethnicity

Mixed (White and Hispanic)

Desmond Child is of Hungarian descent on his father’s side and has Cuban roots on her mother’s side.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


In July 2020, Desmond Child said in an interview with Xtra Magazine –

After making our first album, I started to realize that I was more gay than bi, and me and Maria separated.

Distinctive Features

  • Pierced ear
  • Receding hairline
Desmond Child in 2019
Desmond Child in 2019 (Peter Matthews / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Desmond Child Facts

  1. He grew up believing that his father was John Frederick Barrett (Desmond Child’s mother’s husband at the time of his birth) and only came to know that his biological father was a Hungarian man named Joseph Marfy when Child was 18 years old.
  2. In January 1991, he lost his younger brother to AIDS-related complications. Desmond Child recorded the song A Ray of Hope written by Don Paul Yowell as a tribute to his late brother.
  3. His fellow Desmond Child & Rouge members included Myriam Valle, Maria Vidal, and Diana Grasselli.
  4. Child’s debut solo album Discipline was released on June 18, 1991, via Elektra Records.
  5. In 2008, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  6. Over the years, Desmond Child has worked with a number of artists like Kiss, Cher, AerosmithBon JoviBonnie TylerDream Theater, Per Gessle, Sebastian Bach, Ricky Martin, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Lindsay Lohan, Ava Max, Zedd, Meat Loaf, Ida Maria, Hilary Duff, Carrie Underwood, and Jesse McCartney.
  7. Along with Cuban-American composer Rudy Pérez, he co-founded the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.
  8. In 2016, he received dual American-Hungarian citizenship through his Hungarian ancestry.
  9. Desmond Child composed the song The Steps of Champions for the Hungarian government as the official anthem of the 60th-anniversary commemorations of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Featured Image by Peter Matthews / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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