Elaine Starchuk: Tommy Lee’s First Ex-wife, A Marriage That Lasted Just Seven Days

by Laura C. Jones

Mötley Crüe co-founder and drummer Tommy Lee is no stranger to headlines, both for his music and his personal life. His marriages, in particular, have always been anything but conventional.

In fact, his first marriage to Elaine Starchuk is known to have lasted for a short time. So who is Elaine Starchuk? And where is she now?

In this article, I’ll provide you with all the information available online about Tommy Lee’s ex-wife, including her early life, career, controversies, and what she does today. Let’s dive in!

A Quick Look at Elaine Starchuk’s Background

Elaine Starchuk

Elaine Starchuk is a Canadian-American entrepreneur and former model/dancer. She also used to go by various stage names, such as “Candice”, “Starrek”, and “Honey”.

Starchuk is best known for being the ex-wife of Tommy Lee, the American drummer, and co-founder of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.

Before discussing Elaine Starchuk and Tommy Lee’s short-lived marriage, here’s a quick overview of her early life.

Early Life, Family, and Education

Elain Margret Starchuk was born on the 7th of April, 1964 in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

Starchuk has always been pretty secretive about her family and early life, so there is little to no information about her parents or siblings.

Elaine grew up in her hometown, Vancouver, where she attended and graduated high school. She also gained some experience working as a lash tech in beauty centers.

However, she was always interested in modeling and as soon as she turned 18, she moved to the United States to pursue a career of becoming a breakthrough model.



The move to the United States didn’t exactly work out for Elaine Starchuk. She had to resort to dancing and accepting small gigs to afford a living. 

However, she quickly managed to land a shoot for several entertainment magazines, including Playboy and Penthouse. It was at that time that she met and married Tommy Lee.

Elaine continued her career as a professional model for several years, but she ended up retiring from the modeling business in 2010. 

After quitting the modeling industry, Starchuk returned to Canada to start her own small business, Enlightened Lashes, which is an eyelash technician training institute. 

The company grew considerably in the following years and is now manufacturing several products in addition to the courses.

Elaine’s Car Accident

Elaine Starchuk

In May 2013, Elaine Starchuk was involved in a car accident where she sustained several injuries to her chest, neck, back, and shoulders. 

Since she already had breast implants, she needed a new surgery to replace the torn ones. She was also at a huge risk of a reduction of earning capacity due to permanent physiological and psychological damages after the accident.

She filed a compensation lawsuit and the judge awarded her a total of $440,000 for both loss of earning capacity and future care.

Relationship with Tommy Lee

Now that you know more about Elaine Starchuk, here’s a brief overview of her short-lived marriage to Tommy Lee.

How Did Tommy Lee and Elaine Starchuk Meet Each Other?

Heather Locklear

Tommy Lee with Heather Locklear  

Like Elaine Starchuk, Tommy Lee had ambitious goals on his mind from a young age. In fact, he was so passionate about music that he dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.

During that time, Starchuk and Tommy Lee met each other and started dating in 1982. Both of them were kick-starting their careers at this time. 

They continued dating for two years and got married on the 24th of November, 1984, but the union was fleeting, ending in separation merely seven days later. The divorce proceedings concluded in May 1985.

Did Elaine Starchuk Date Other People After Tommy Lee?

Pamela Anderson

Tommy Lee with Pamela Anderson

Both Tommy Lee and Elaine Starchuk were involved in several relationships after their failed marriage.

Starchuk dated several people after Tommy Lee, with the longest relationship lasting for around 5 years.

On the other hand, Tommy Lee got married 3 more times since he divorced Elaine, including Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson, both of which ended with a divorce within a few years.

His last marriage was to Brittany Furlan in 2019, and they’re still married as of the time of writing this piece.


Does Elaine Starchuk Have A Social Media Presence?

Elaine Starchuk has a public social media presence. The most prominent one is on Instagram (@_elainestarchuk) where she has a small number of followers. You can follow her to check her life updates. She also posts several photos from her modeling career.

Did Tommy Lee and Elaine Starchuk Have Any Children?

Elaine Starchuk and Tommy Lee’s marriage didn’t result in any children. 

What Is Elaine Starchuck’s Zodiac Sign?

Elaine Starchuck’s zodiac sign is Aries, as she was born between March 21 and April 19.

What Is Elaine Starchuck’s Net Worth?

There are no established public records of Elaine Starchuk’s net worth. However, estimates believe that her net worth is anywhere between $500,000 to $1,000,000, which is mostly from her successful business and lawsuit compensation.

Where is Elaine Starchuk Now?

Brittany Furlan

Tommy Lee with Brittany Furlan    Image source: Google

Elaine Starchuk now lives a normal life in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. She mainly focuses on her eyelash tech training business and avoids public appearances.

What Is Elaine Starchuck’s Ethnicity?

Elaine Starchuk is white, and based on her last name origins, she is of Irish and English descent.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! A brief guide that walks you through everything you need to know about Elaine Starchuk, the first wife of Mötley Crüe’s co-founder Tommy Lee.

Although her life had its ups and downs, Elaine Starchuk always showed the spirit and drive to get back on her feet 

Even better, she managed to work hard to turn her life around and is now the proud CEO of her own company.

Images source: Instagram

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