Maynard James Keenan’s Wife, Lei Li Is A Cancer Survivor

Lei Li, Maynard James Keenan's Wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020

By AtticusPublished on: April 19, 2024 Updated on: April 19, 2024
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Maynard James Keenan, the celebrated frontman for TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, leads a happily married life with his wife, Lei Li. Their journey began when they met at Maynard’s winery in Jerome, Arizona, where Lei worked as a lab manager.

They dated for a couple of years after meeting in the late 2000s. Keenan and Lei got married in the early 2010s and their relationship has flourished even further with the birth of their only daughter.

Despite the joys, they have faced substantial challenges, including Maynard’s battles with COVID-19 twice and Lei’s courageous fight against breast cancer. Through all these hardships, Maynard and Lei have demonstrated remarkable resilience, supporting each other every step of the way.

Keenan and Lei’s Married Life Is Blessed With a Daughter

Keenan has a beautiful family life with his wife, Lei Li. They first met when Lei worked as a lab manager at Caduceus, a winery Maynard owns in Jerome, Arizona. According to Lei’s social media posts, the duo began dating around 2008.

In June 2010, Maynard proposed to Lei, and they got married two years later, in early 2012; on March 1, 2012, to be precise. Maynard wrote about his life and marriage in an article for the Phoenix New Times on September 10, 2012.

Maynard James Keenan and Lei Li's daughter
Maynard James Keenan and Lei Li’s daughter

The couple’s happiness grew when they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lei Li Agostina Maria, on July 25, 2014. Maynard shared this joyful news on his band Puscifer’s Instagram account. Maynard and his family live happily in Jerome, Arizona.

Lei’s Courageous Battle with Cancer

Maynard James Keenan usually keeps his personal life private, but in August 2021, he shared a heartfelt post on Instagram for his wife Lei’s birthday, opening up about a tough time for them both. That year was already challenging with Maynard catching COVID-19 twice. The difficulties grew when Lei was diagnosed with breast cancer as the year 2020 was ending.

In his post, Maynard talked about how Lei bravely faced her diagnosis. She didn’t let fear take over; instead, she asked her doctors all the right questions and carefully planned her treatment. Before she began chemotherapy, Lei decided to cut her hair and had a friend make a wig for her, showing she was ready to face what was coming with grace.


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Throughout her treatment, which included chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, Lei’s strength was incredible. Maynard praised her for being so strong and called her his rock and muse. He admired how she went through everything without complaining, showing real toughness.

A Dream Fulfilled: Keenan and Lei’s Long-Awaited Journey to Bhutan

After years of planning and overcoming numerous health challenges, Keenan and his wife, Lei (Jen), finally embarked on their long-awaited trip to Bhutan. This journey was not just a travel plan but a fulfillment of a dream, deeply cherished and delayed by life’s unpredictabilities—album releases, extensive touring, and health setbacks including COVID and Lei’s battle with breast cancer.

Their visit to the serene landscapes of Bhutan, a country Lei had yearned to explore for over two decades, became a reality. Celebrating this moment, fans can experience the couple’s cathartic trip through a special video set to the tunes of Puscifer’s Grand Canyon, the lead single from their 2015 album, Money $hot.

In March 2023, the TOOL, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer frontman shared about their long-awaited trip in a tweet.

This beautiful melding of visuals and music captures the essence of their journey and the profound peace they found in the majestic vistas of Southeast Asia.

Lei Is A Car Racer

According to her Insta bio, Lei is a Co-owner/Manager at the Puscifer the Store which is owned by her husband Keenan. Besides, she also looks after the social media accounts of the store. Lei previously worked as a lab manager at Caduceus Cellars which is also owned by the singer.

Apart from all these, Lei appears to be a car racer. She might not be a professional car racer per se but has been a part of several rallies. We can see Lei in a racing suit in a number of photos of her on her Instagram. She has also raced in a number of charity events.

She Is of Asian Ethnicity

In a comment on an Instagram post, Lei revealed that she has Taiwanese roots. Back in June 2019, she shared a painting featuring her parents to wish them on their 50th wedding anniversary. In the comment section of the post, a user asked her what her nationality was. To which, Lei replied “Taiwanese & Arkansas. Yes, I consider Arkansas it’s own nationality, haha.” We don’t have further details of her parents.

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