Samantha Marie Olit is an American musician who was once married to Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Professionally called “Punk Rock Mother Teresa,” Olit has been involved in promoting the careers of many aspiring musicians. As a musician, she has contributed to the ‘Freddie Way Project’ and also has her own independent label “SAM Records”. Her singing voice is said to have a magical appeal. According to a few reports, the sound of her singing brought her adoptive mother back to life when she was lying in a coma. Incredibly multitalented, Olit has also been associated with television production. At one point in her life, she was also popular as a celebrity wife as she was married to the well-known singer Chester Bennington. Even though the marriage ended in a divorce, Olit bravely moved on in life. She is also a life coach and helps people deal constructively with negativity and hatred via her blog posts. As a multifaceted personality with a positive attitude, she has become an inspiration for millions, especially women.
Childhood & Early Life
Samantha Marie Olit was born on December 1, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She was raised by an adoptive mother who she was very close to.
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Samantha Marie Olit recorded her first song after her adoptive mother developed a life threatening disease and was dying in the hospital. Just aged seven at the time, she recorded the song in her neighbors’ in-home studio. Her mother miraculously recovered after hearing the song.
As she grew up, she created a burlesque dance troupe called Rhythm Kittens which performed hip hop, modern jazz, hula, and Latin dance forms. Olit then went on to found an independent label named “SAM Records”. She signed a deal with “The Narrow”, a South African band and performed soulful songs with them.
Inspired by her son, Olit recorded a meditation CD targeting infants and young children. Soon she became a life coach and started “Creative Life Coaching”. Through this initiative, she coaches her clients about internal and external success. She later became a specialized Advanced DNA ThetaHealer.
In 2012, the multitalented lady began to provide independent consultation services for aspiring musicians. She also created her first ever TV show titled “Hollywood House Guests”. Currently, Olit serves as a blogger for Certainlyher.com that focuses on women and provides beautiful perspectives on life.
Relationship with Chester Bennington
Samantha Marie Olit met Chester Bennington in 1996 when he was performing with the Arizona-based band “Grey Daze”. The two eventually started dating and got married in October that year. During their relationship, Olit contributed a lot to her husband’s professional success. It has been said she helped him enter the band Linkin Park (earlier called Xero). After six years of married life, the two welcomed their first baby, son Draven Sebastian Bennington in April 2002. Unfortunately, the couple’s relationship unraveled in the ensuing years and they divorced in 2005. On 20 July 2017, Bennington ended his life by hanging himself. After his tragic death, Olit posted a lengthy message on Facebook.
At present, Olit is in a serious relationship with a man named A.J. Williamwood.