Lenny Kravitz Reflects on His "Beautiful Time" Creating a Family With Ex Lisa Bonet

They're still a family even if they're separated.

Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz 1988
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Lenny Kravitz still has a whole lot of love in his heart for ex-wife Lisa Bonet, from whom he divorced back in 1993.

While promoting his upcoming album Blue Electric Light, Lenny spoke to People about what his relationship with Bonet meant to him—particularly since the two share their beloved daughter Zoë Kravitz, who was born in 1988.

"I am what I am because of our experience, because of everything that I was, everything that she was and everything that came together," the singer-songwriter said.

Exhibit A: Lenny got his signature look—the dreadlocks—by chance, because of an anecdote involving Bonet.

"I had moved in with Lisa, brought my instruments and things, but somehow forgot my comb. I never planned on dreading, but after a few months my hair was matting," he explained. "Lisa was like, 'Keep it. It looks good.'"

Lisa Bonet (L) and Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet remained close after their 1993 divorce, even being each other's dates to the 2015 Met Gala.

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Speaking of the success he achieved during that time, he added, "I wasn’t thinking, ‘Oh, this is sexy.’ I was just living and doing. I was married to the most beautiful woman on the planet, incredible inside and out, and I wasn’t paying attention to that. I was paying attention to the music."

As for life as a trio with Zoë, Lenny wouldn't change a second of it.

"We were quite the family," he continued. "We had our own groove, expression, fashion. It was a beautiful time. The world Zoë’s mom and I were creating, our family, it was about peace, love and spirit."

American actress Lisa Bonet (Lilakoi Moon), holding her daughter, Zoe Kravitz, and her husband, American singer-songwriter and musician Lenny Kravitz

Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz with their daughter, the actress Zoë Kravitz, in 1989.

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Though the parents of one divorced in 1993 after five years of marriage, they continued to be close friends, even being each other's dates to various industry events—including the 2015 Met Gala.

"The love doesn’t leave you, but it has to find a new way to funnel itself into a new life," Lenny explained. "We consciously wanted to do that. It took time, believe me, but she is a part of my life that will never leave my heart, my soul or my spirit. I am what I am because of our experience."

Bonet went on to marry actor Jason Momoa—though they divorced in 2022—and Lenny is really close with Momoa as well, which is, like, the cutest thing ever. Yay for loving family!

Iris Goldsztajn
Morning Editor

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of British Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29 and SELF. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.