Cindy-Breakspeare
Cindy Breakspeare | Biography

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  • Full Name Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare
  • Occupation Singer, Beauty Pageant Contestant, Entrepreneur
  • Nationality Canadian Jamaican
  • Birthplace Toronto, Canada
  • Birth Date Oct 24, 1954
  • Age 67 Years, 3 Months
Winner of Miss World 1976

Cindy Breakspeare | Biography

Wife of Musician Rupert Bent II

After Breakspeare came out the winner of some pageants, she came across an opportunity to enter the Miss World contest. But, during that time, her country Jamaica was in the middle of an international movement against racial discrimination. They were particularly against South Africa’s move of sending white and black delegates separately. With Jamaica in the front, it led various countries to back away from the competition. However, Breakspeare participated in the contest and won.


Cindy Breakspeare is a Canadian musician and jazz singer. She holds the title of Miss World 1976.

Who is Cindy Breakspeare?

Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare is a singer, musician, actress, and entrepreneur. She holds Canadian-Jamaican ethnicity; she was born to her Jamaican father Louis Breakspeare and Canadian mother Marguerite Cochrane on 24 October 1954. Her birth name is Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Cindy moved to Jamaica with her parents at five years of age. There, her parents enrolled her in Immaculate Conception High School, from where she graduated in 1973. After graduation, she participated in various beauty pageants and won the ‘Miss Jamaica Body Beautiful’ title in 1976. In addition, she won the ‘Miss Universe Bikini’ organized in England the same year.

After Breakspeare came out the winner of such pageants, she came across an opportunity to enter the Miss World contest. But, during that time, her country Jamaica was in the middle of an international movement against racial discrimination. They were particularly against South Africa’s move of sending white and black delegates separately.

With Jamaica in the front, it led various countries to back away from the competition. However, Breakspeare participated in the contest with the help of funds from private sectors and eventually won the ‘Miss World 1976’ title. Doing so, she became the only second Jamaican lady to be crowned. Later, speaking with Ron Fanfair, she said, "I guess I was very lucky I came out on top because I don’t know what returning to Jamaica would have been like."

In her later life, she would pursue a career as a recording artist and entrepreneur. She opened Ital Craf, a Rastafarian craft store, in Jamaica

Former and Present Husband

Cindy Breakspeare has been part of two marriages to date. She married her first husband, Tom Tavares-Finson, in 1981 and gave birth to two children, son Christian and daughter Leah Tavares-Finson. However, they officially divorced in 1995 after 14 years of being tied in marital life.

Tom Tavares-Finson has been a current senator and President of the Jamaican Senate since March 2016. He is currently a member of the Advocates Association and Bar Association of Jamaica and represents the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple. Moreover, he is passionate about the arts and is an avid collector. In 2020, Tom Tavares was elected Chairman of the National Gallery.

After separation from Finson,  Breakspeare tied knots with her current musician husband, Rupert Bent II, in 1999. He is a musician. Breakspeare is a stepmother to his son Rupert Bent III and daughter Jana Bent from his previous marriage with Eunice Bent.

Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare

The 1976 Miss World also gained high popularity for her relationship with the Jamaican singer and musician Bob Marley. The couple began dating around 1975. During that time, Bob Marley was already married and also had children. However, the couple stayed in a relationship and only parted due to Bob’s demise in 1981.

Breakspeare first met Bob Marley while living at her apartment at 56 Hope Rd. At that time, Bob and his band ‘The Wailers’ rehearsed in her neighborhood. Eventually, they started chatting, and soon the chats turned into long conversations leading to a romantic relationship. Bob also supported her in taking part in the Miss World Pageant. She would later recall, "He supported me in going to Miss World, which has an extensive profile. Bob was not a household name then in England, but that changed after I won Miss World and the press got wind of our relationship."

In six years of relationship, the couple became parents to their only child together, Damian Marley. Damian, like his father Bob, is a singer and rapper. His birth name is Damian Robert Nesta Marley.

Recently, on Breakspeare’s 67th Birthday, famous Jamaican businessman and retailer Wayne Chen brought to light her relationship with Bob Marley.  On 24 October 2021, he posted a romantic picture of the couple on his Twitter. The tweet was seen as inappropriate by numerous people whereas many commented in support of monogamy.

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