Boel Forge is the wife of the masked leader of the Swedish Rock and Metal band, Ghost. Outside of marriage, her life is just like the hidden personality that her husband’s mask covers. Yet, with the success of his band and controversy, Boel’s life is now a closely scrutinized item by the media.
Apart from all that we know about her masked husband, Tobias Forge, Boel is one of the pillars of his successful career.
Here is All We Know About Boel Forge
1. Who is She?
Details about Boel Forge’s early life is not as popular as that of her husband. He was born on March 3rd, 1981 in Linkoping, Sweden. Tobias was exposed to theatre by his older brother, Sebastian Forge from an early age. Yet, his early encounter with religion dimmed the light of faith in his life and pushed him into the ‘hands of Satan’.
He never set out to be the frontman of any band yet after many people rejected his offer of being the lead singer, he automatically had to give life to his dream project, Ghost
2. Boel Forge Shares Twin Children With Her Popular Husband
The celebrity wife is a mother of two children, Morris and Minou whom she had with her husband, Tobias. Her two children are fraternal twins who were born in 2001. One of her children, Minou Forge has shown her artistic side after singing the vocals of Ashes on the Ghost Album Prequelle.
3. Boel Forge’s Twin Daughters Are Fans Of Ghost
Her 14 year old twin daughters are huge fans of the band. Her husband made this revelation in an interview. Obviously, the celebrity daughters first realized the nature of their father’s work as early as the age of three.
Ever since they have come to terms with their father’s work and role in the band which explains his numerous absence from home.
4. She Supported Her Husband in Pursuit of His Musical Career With Ghost
For all these years that Boel has been with Tobias aka Papa Emeritus, she has served as his backbone. He revealed that she was the first to suggest to him to quit his day job and concentrate on his band, Ghost. He had worked with a Swedish mobile company in the call center at the time he was considering a career shift.
While the band is not the first that the frontman has joined, he showed more commitment to it. In the past, he was part of six other bands like Repugnant and Crashdiet. However, since he formed Ghost, he gained wide success and recognition beyond his native Sweden.
Boel has remained on the sidelines supporting him to achieve his dreams.
5. Her Husband Has Many Aliases
Boel Forge’s husband gained popularity behind the mask of different characters while playing for his band, Ghost. Notably one of the most unique rock bands that is branded in the secrecy of members, it is not surprising that Boel is known by many names.
His first alias was the character Papa Emeritus I. The character changed with each album from Papa Emeritus I through III before shifting to the alias, Cardinal Copia.
Later on, he reverted to Papa Emeritus IV in 2020. Other aliases he used in the past include:
- gene Walker
- Mary Goore
- Nameless Ghoul
6. His Identity Was Confirmed Due To a Legal Dispute
Having based the Ghost’s musical work on the anonymity of its members, it was quite surprising when the face behind the mask was finally revealed. This came about after former members of Ghost filed a lawsuit in 2017 against Forge who had been using the character of Papa Emeritus. The preceding lawsuit led to an exposure of the real identity behind the Papa Emeritus personae.
The problem started with a royalty dispute. As per the disagreement that led to the lawsuit, they accused Forge of trying to make the band a solo project and that he had also hired musicians to complete his plan.
He refuted these claims by his former colleagues and claimed that there was no legal partnership with them. Notably, he also pointed to the fact that members of the band were all on salary and most of the work was his project.
7. Boel’s Support for Her Husband’s Band Paid Off With A Grammy
Despite being on the sidelines, her support for Tobias right from the onset paid off big. Ghost won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance with the single Cirice from the album Meliora.
Their recognition has gone far and wide considering the band’s huge followership on social media.
8. Her Husband’s Band is One of Many Masked Rock Metal Bands
The Ghost band relies so much on anonymity and like other masked rock and heavy metal bands, it forms an integral part of the band other than just gimmicks. Though not the first band to wear masks, it follows in the wake of earlier bands like The Residents which is considered the first masked band.
Ghost unlike most bands is described as a satanic band. Though they claim the band is not a mockery of the church, most of its presentations are references to some of the Catholic church traditions and rites.
Moreso, Tobias Forge’s early life was marred by his stepmother’s and his school teacher’s strict ‘Christian’ handling. This made him question a lot of Christianity in his later life.
Other fascinating masked heavy metal bands have also drawn on anonymity to sell their work to fans and followers of this genre of music. These are;
- Hollywood Undead
- The Berzerker
9. Boel Forge Lost Her Brother in Law The Day Ghost Released Its First Demo
Boel and Forge’s love life centers around family support. The death of Tobias’ brother, Sebastian Forge was shocking to the sibling, her husband. Tobias and Sebastian were quite close and like Boel, Sebastian had a great influence on the life of his little brother.
Sebastian who was an accomplished author first introduced the future metal singer to film and music such as Siouxsie and the Banshees among many others. Shockingly, Sebastian Forge died on March 12, 2010, the same day that Ghost released its first demo songs online.
Tobias did not know that his brother had been suffering from a heart condition till it became late. Reportedly, Tobias aka Papa Emeritus put in work into making the Ghost a successful band despite the loss of his older brother.
10. Boel Forge Shares In Her Husband’s Net Worth
Apart from being the wife of Tobias, Boel’s career is not known. She has been in his life and shares in his success story which includes his finances. Tobias Forge’s net worth is estimated at $4 million which he made from his music career of over a decade.
Reportedly, the legal case against him was dismissed after 6 days of trial. The verdict turned in his favor when the court ordered the accusers to pay Forge’s legal fees. Many sources quote his legal fees may be as high as $146 000.
As of now, Tobias is still the frontman of the Ghost band.