Meet Jesse Belle Deutschendorf, The Only Child Of John Denver

By Shristi Pradhan | Published on: February 1, 2024 | Updated on: February 1, 2024
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Jesse Belle Deutschendorf is the only biological child of the late American singer, John Denver and his second wife, Cassandra Delaney. Her mother Cassandra is an actress from Brisbane, Australia.  

Despite being the only child of a popular couple, Jesse chose an entirely different career path. Even though the star kid suffered a lot in her childhood due to her parents’ divorce and her father’s death, Deutschendorf has turned out to be a strong woman.

Let’s find out more about Jesse Belle in the article below!

Key Takeaways

  • Jesse Deutschendorf is the only child of John Denver and Cassandra Delaney.
  • Deutschendorf has two adopted siblings.
  • She is an artist and jeweler.
  • Belle married her husband Eli LeGate at her father’s sanctuary.
  • Her dad died when Belle was eight years old.

Studied Arts At School and College

Belle was interested in arts from a young age. She studied arts at a number of schools in the USA and Australia. At the time, Deutschendorf shaped her skills in painting, wire wrapping, beading, and fashion design.

What Does John Denver’s Daughter Do?

Belle is an artist. Unlike her parents, Deutschendorf chose a different path and is now pursuing her career in the artistic field. She is also a jeweler who sells her art online.

She often shares her handmade jewelry and paintings via her Instagram.


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Jesse has mentioned herself as “a painter and woman of many crafts and healing tools such as essential oils, stones & nutrition & Crafts such as panting, pastels, jewelry making (Beading, Wire wrapping, Metal working, PMC) Vintage clothes and fashion design,” on her official page.

Deutschendorf Is a Certified Health Coach

Apart from her painting career, Belle is a fitness lover and passionate about health and nutrition. She is currently a certified health coach who got her degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).

What’s more, Belle also served as an illustrator of the novel “Pedro’s Magic Christmas,” published by Tim Brubaker.

Belle Spent Her Childhood Days in Aspen

Born on 18th May 1989 in Aspen, Colorado, United States of America, Deutschendorf is currently 35 years old.

Jesse Belle is a painter
John Denver’s daughter Belle enjoying Easter.

Besides, being the daughter of American and Australian parents, Jesse is of mixed ethnicity. But, the celebrity daughter is an American by nationality.

Deutschendorf Was Named After Her Father’s Song

Her late dad Denver wrote a song, “Whispering Jesse” for his album Higher Ground which was released in 1988, a year prior to his daughter was born.

John had frequently used the word Jesse in his songs and fans assumed the word to be his favorite. When John held his daughter for the first time, the late artist felt Jesse was the perfect name for her.

Who Are Parents?

Belle is the only biological child of John Denver and his former spouse Cassandra Delaney, an Australian actress.

Her father, John was a beloved musical figure. He got his breakthrough with his album, Poems, Prayers, and Promises (1971). After his popularity began to rise, the singer produced many albums too. The list of his albums is mentioned below!

  • Take Me to Tomorrow (1970)
  • Rocky Mountain High (1973)
  • Back Home Again (1974)
  • Windsong (1975)

On the other hand, her mother, Cassandra is an actress who started her career in 1982. She has starred in many Australian movies one of which Fair Game is a fan’s favorite.

Her Father and Mother Separated Three Years After Their Marriage

Deutschendorf’s parents, Denver and Delaney got married in 1988 after two years of dating. However, about three years after their nuptial, the ex-couple separated in 1991. Their divorce was finalized in 1993.

Following the divorce, the former flames opened up their marriage didn’t end on a good note. According to the sources, Denver even asked for a temporary restraining order from his then-wife.

But, later, things turned better between the two.

Jesse’s Father, John Died In A Plane Crash

Belle’s father, John passed away on 12th October 1997 in a plane crash. At the time of her father’s passing, Belle was eight years old. Denver was found dead near Pacific Grove, California. The whole nation mourned the death of the singer.

The irony of this tragedy is Denver made arrangements for his daughter to visit Disneyland but a few hours later, Jesse received the saddest news.

Deutschendorf Has Two Adopted Siblings

She is the only biological child of John Denver but has two adopted siblings named Anna Kate Denver and Zachary John Denver from her father, John’s marriage to his first wife, Annie Martell.

Zachary pursued a career in politics and is an active social worker, whereas Anna has kept her information wrapped away from the public.

Her Paternal Grandfather Was In The Army

Talking more about her family details, her grandfather from her dad’s side, Henry John “Dutch” Deutschendorf Sr. was in the army. During his time in the military, Henry even became able to set three-speed records in the B-58 Hustler bomber.

After setting the record, Henry was inducted into the Air Force Hall of Fame.

Who Is Husband? Their Wedding Details

Jesse married her longtime boyfriend Eli LeGate on 27 September 2019. Their wedding took place in Jesse’s dad’s Sanctuary, called John Denver Sanctuary, located in Aspen, Colorado. 

The couple held an intimate wedding with their close friends and family.

Jesse and her husband, Eli LeGrate
Jesse and Eli held an intimate wedding.

The painter often shares glimpses of her life with her husband on her Instagram. Back in September 2022, Jesse celebrated her 3rd marriage anniversary by posting a couple of photos of themselves on her Insta and wrote,

“HAppy 3 year wedding anniversary to my one and only thank you for everything my love . Best 3 years of my life even with many hardships we had to go through we made it through with flying colors but we are now stronger and closer than ever.”

Jesse Belle and her husband Eli on their wedding
Jesse Belle and her life partner Eli on their big day.

Although the two have been married for four years coming up to 2023, Jesse and her spouse LeGate have yet to share a child together.

Is a Multi-Millionaire?

Deutschendorf is assumed to have a net worth of around $1 million. She mostly earns her fortune from her painting career. Further, the star kid also inherited a certain amount of money from her late father’s fortune which was $6o million at the time of his death.

Social Media Presence

Belle has an Instagram account under @lotusjewel222. On her IG handle, Jesse occasionally shares glimpses of her life with her husband. She has also posted pictures of her art and creations.

Where Does Jesse Live Now?

She currently resides with her hubby in Aspen, Colorado, United States of America.