AC/DC is one of the world’s most popular rock bands. Formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973, the group consisting of band members Angus Young, Stevie Young, Brian Johnson, Phill Rudd, and Cliff Williams has found remarkable success worldwide. They have managed to maintain their status as one of the world’s best selling bands, even after the music industry’s transition into digital sales. Per The New York Times, AC/DC’s 2020 album “Power Up” sold 111,000 in pure record sales, adding to their 200 million record sales throughout their almost 50-year career.
While AC/DC shares their life through their music, the members — particularly Angus — are extremely private about their personal lives. He does not have official social media accounts and only reveals tidbits about his life when he is asked in interviews. However, those who have followed his career know that he’s a married man. Angus married his wife Ellen Young in 1980 and they have been together ever since (via iHeartRadio). Scroll down to find out more about Angus’s wife.
A friend introduced Angus Young to his wife
Angus Young’s wife, Ellen Young, was a college student in Arnhem, Netherlands when she asked a mutual friend, the Dutch rock guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, to invite her to a bar where AC/DC was playing.
“I was 21 or 22 and I had a rock band put together called TEASER and we had one album,” Vandenberg told BlabberMouth in 2018. “We were invited to be a support act to AC/DC on a couple of shows and one of them was close to the town I was studying in and where Ellen also lived. She said, ‘Adrian, can you put me on the guest list?’ I said, ‘Well, I’m going to try, but we are guests of AC/DC. I’m not sure we have the option to invite guests.”
Vandenberg’s guest list was approved and he introduced Ellen and her friends to AC/DC. Ellen and Angus hit it off, according to Vandenberg, and got married within a year. Part of the reason their marriage has lasted so long is because they know how to communicate with each other, as evidenced in an interview AC/DC did with The Guardian in 2014. “Stand on the chair, Angus!” Ellen was overheard telling her husband at a photoshoot for the profile. “You will look stupid otherwise!”
While not much else is known about Ellen, it’s obvious that she cares about how her husband presents himself in public, and will always remind him when she gets the chance.
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