Anthony began dating model, Heather Christie in 2004, after spotting her at a party;
“I saw this beautiful face smiling throughout the night,” he recalls. He said hello, found out she had a boyfriend, but cadged a commitment to have coffee. After some time apart, he and 20-year-old Heather Christie reconnected and began dating, and they are now cohabitating. “On paper there was no reason whatsoever we should have gotten along,”he says of Christie, who on their first date took him on a tour of her hometown of Simi Valley. “But when I hung out with her, I didn’t want to hang out with anybody else.”
They were first photographed publicly together on September 16th. The relationship for the couple was not always plain sailing and they had several falling outs with the couple temporarily splitting in late 2005, while Kiedis reportedly dated model Jessica Stam, only for him to reunite with Christie early in 2006. The following year Heather became pregnant with the couple’s child. Their son was born on October 2nd, 2007 and named Everly Bear.
“Kiedis’s girlfriend Heather Christie came up with the rest. “The mama came up with Bear,” Kiedis says. “That made sense to me because he’s from me and I feel like I’m part of the bear clan, and I think it’s nice to have a little bit of earth in your name.”
“We had a long list of names, but I suppose it came to me by way of the Everly Brothers, which is one of my favourite bands,” the Red Hot Chili Peppers singer said at a fundraiser for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in LA. “And sometimes last names make good first names.”
Unfortunately, the couple split again in June 2008 when Everly Bear was a few months old. This time it was permanent. They now share custody of their son although Anthony has always been the primary carer; Everly Bear lives with him and attends a school in the LA area. Heather recently married and relocated shortly afterwards to the other side of the country.
Update: April 2018. Details of a court case over custody arrangements were leaked to the press. The court case found in Heather’s favour over a contested visit, but contrary to some news reports, Anthony is still the main carer for their son and Everly Bear still lives with him in Malibu.