Billy Duffy’s Net Worth & Bio, Leilani Dowding’s Fiancé RHOCheshire

Billy Duffy

Billy Duffy is an English guitarist and songwriter who is best known for his work with “The Cult.” He is also renowned for his long-term relationship with Leilani Dowding, a former model and English television personality known for “The Real Housewives of Cheshire.”

Billy Duffy's Net Worth

As of April 2022, Billy Duffy’s net worth is estimated to be $12 million. His career in the music industry is his main source of income. Billy’s band “The Cult” was immensely popular in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.

He started working in the music industry when he was 14 years old. He also has had notable musical links with “The Cult,” “Coloursound,” “Theatre of Hate,” and “The Nosebleeds.”

His wealth is also increasing from his partner, Leilani Dowding’s career as a reality star, being one of the cast members of Bravo TV’s hit reality show, “The Real Housewives of Cheshire.”

Billy's Early Life

Billy Duffy was born on May 12, 1961 and grew up in Manchester. He is of Irish and Jewish descent. Despite his success in the music industry, however, information about his parents and siblings, if he has any, has not been made public. But he was said to have been obsessed with music since he was a child, listening to Thin Lizzy, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, and Aerosmith, among other bands. We’ll update this page when we learn more.

Billy Duffy's Education

Unfortunately, the public was not given access to information about Billy Duffy’s educational background, such as the institution he attended or the degree he earned. We’ll update this page when we learn more.

Billy Duffy's Fiancé and Family Life

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Billy Duffy is engaged to Leilani Dowding of Real Housewives of Cheshire since 2020. Leilani is a former model and one of the cast members of Bravo TV’s successful reality show “The Real Housewives of Cheshire.” The couple lived together in Los Angeles before coming to the UK to film the reality show.

Prior to his relationship with Leilani, Billy was married to AJ Celli from 2007 until 2017, who is his second wife and was previously married to Jennifer Mallini from 2004 until 2007.

On the other hand, Leilani was formerly engaged to Mark Williams, a former Wimbledon and Northern Ireland defender, and Jérémie Aliadière, a former Middlesbrough attacker. She was also married for a short time to restaurateur Richard Palmer which is the ex-husband of actress Raquel Welch, and is now divorced.

Billy Duffy's Career

Billy Duffy started playing guitar at the age of fourteen, influenced by Queen, Thin Lizzy, The Who, Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, and Led Zeppelin’s early work.

In the late 1970s, while still in high school, Billy began playing lead guitar with a variety of punk bands, including the Studio Sweethearts. He directly persuaded Johnny Marr to begin playing as a guitarist in Manchester, and he urged Morrissey to make his first excursion as a singer/frontman with The Nosebleeds.

When the “Studio Sweethearts” relocated to London after Billy graduated from high school, he worked as a shop assistant at Johnsons on the King’s Road in Chelsea. Following the breakup of the “Studio Sweethearts,” he started playing lead guitar part-time with the band “Theatre of Hate.”

Later, he met Ian Astbury, the frontman/lead vocalist for the “Southern Death Cult” at the time, who was so pleased with Billy’s abilities that he resigned the Southern Death Cult to form “Death Cult” with him.

The band changed their name to “The Cult” after releasing two singles. Billy developed a unique flanged sound on The Cult’s debut single “Spiritwalker” utilizing an unfashionable choice of guitar at the time – a mid-1970s Gretsch White Falcon, which became his hallmark sound and image. The album “Love” was released after this and their song “She Sells Sanctuary” was a smash.

Billy helped transform The Cult’s music into metal-blues for their third album, “Electric,” in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The two composition collaborators (together with longstanding bassist Jamie Stewart) recorded “Sonic Temple,” a stadium rock album. The Cult gained a wider, mainstream following, but their second album, “Ceremony,” released at the onset of the grunge era, failed to hold the public’s interest.

Moreover, following the 1992 “Ceremonial Stomp” tour, Astbury pushed him to record The Cult’s The Cult album, which he did. Astbury eventually left Billy and The Cult in 1995 as a result of this.

Billy engaged in a project called “Coloursound” with Mike Peters of The Alarm during The Cult’s four-year break, and he also participated on the title track from Japanese singer J’s 1997 first album, “Pyromania.”

In 1999, the musician reconstituted “The Cult” with Astbury, resulting in a new recording deal with Atlantic Records. This was followed by a performance in Atlanta’s Music Midtown Festival in May 2001, in front of nearly 60,000 people, preceding up to the release of “Beyond Good and Evil.”

The album’s lead song, “Rise,” peaked at No. 125 in the US and spent six weeks at No. 3 on the mainstream rock chart before being taken off the air a week after its release. Sales, reviews, and tour attendance were all disappointing. When Astbury accepted an invitation to sing with The Doors in 2002, he put The Cult on hold once more.

Billy and Alice in Chains guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell founded the covers band Cardboard Vampyres in early 2004. Mötley Crüe and Ratt frontman John Corabi, The Cult bassist Chris Wyse, and drummer Josh Howser were all in the band. Between 2004 and 2005, the band performed at a variety of venues around the United States. They mostly performed on the West Coast but the band did not release any albums.

The Cult reassembled in early 2006 and toured Europe following numerous US shows. Billy starred in Ethan Dettenmaier’s 2006 film Sin-Jin Smyth, which was shot but never released.

In addition, Billy released a debut album with his new band, “Circus Diablo,” in early 2006. He played lead guitar on the album, with former Cult touring bassist Billy Morrison taking lead vocals and bass guitar duties. Ricky Warwick, the former leader of The Almighty, provided rhythm guitar on the album. Matt Sorum, former Cult drummer and current Velvet Revolver drummer, also contributed to the album.

Former Fuel member Brett Scallions was recruited as bassist after the album was finished, allowing Morrison to focus on being the main singer. The band then hired Jeremy Colson, who had previously worked with Steve Vai, as their full-time drummer, but Billy’s participation terminated in 2007.

Billy also became a judge on the Bodog Music Battle of the Bands in 2007 and had an appearance in the TV show “Married to Rock” in 2010, which starred his then-girlfriend, AJ Celi.

In October 2012, he played with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash. He was additionally a member of the Kings of Chaos from 2012 to 2016.

Today, Billy Duffy is still active in the music industry, appearing at various events and joining various bands. Their band “The Cult” is also rumored to be working on new music, which they plan to release in time for their 40th anniversary.

Billy Duffy's Appearance (Height, Hair, Eyes & More)

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Facts About Billy Duffy

Nationality British
Estimate Net Worth $12 million
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Birthplace Manchester 
Birthday May 12, 1961