Inside Jon Batiste and Suleika Jaouad's secret marriage: The complete story here!
Known for his innate and honed prowess in jazz and R&B, Jon Batiste is a singer, songwriter, musician, composer, bandleader, and television personality, popularly known as the music director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he and his band, Stay Human, has been performing since 2015. Batiste took over the internet as the singer bagged five Grammys, one for the best album of the year for his LP We Are, becoming the crowned king at the 2022 Grammys on Sunday.
Jonathan Michael Batiste was born on November 11, 1986, in Metairie, Louisiana, in the famous New Orleans musicians family, The Batiste. Jon started playing percussion and drums at eight and later honed his skills in piano at eleven. Tap here for details about Jon's career and net worth. He released his debut album Times in New Orleans, at 17. As Batiste's career soars through with his remarkable win, fans have been curious to know more about the singer's personal life, which he has successfully tucked away from the spotlight till now.
Jon Batiste secretly married Suleika Jaouad!
2022 has perhaps been the year of reaching milestones for the jazz pianist. Defying many industry watchers' expectations, Batiste first became the most-nominated Grammy artist, then swept them off their feet to become the most awarded of 2022. Following the Grammys, Batiste revealed he is also a newlywed. The singer shared he secretly married his longtime girlfriend, author Suleika Jaouad, in February.
Batiste reveals he and Suleika tied the knots earlier this year. Photo Source: Instagram
Fans can't help but adore the newly married whose story will make anyone believe in true love again—appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, the loved-up couple details the events of their secret marriage. Jaouad, best known as the author of Between Two Kingdoms, a New York Time bestseller, reveals it was the day before her bone marrow transplant when the twosome tied the knots. Suleika has been battling leukaemia for the second time.
"We got married the day before I was admitted to the hospital to undergo my bone marrow transplant," Jaouad tells CBS correspondent Jim Axelrod. The couple's manifesto with the CBS news sheds light on the duo's well-wrapped relationship and how the Grammy winner knew Suleika was the one in the first week they started dating. The pair dated for eight years before walking down the aisle.
The pair got married ahead of Suleika's bone marrow transplant. Photo Source: Instagram
"We have known that we wanted to get married, I think, from the first week that we started dating. That's when Jon first brought up the topic of marriage to me," the author shares. Jon, 35, whose countless honours include Academy Award, BAFTA, and a Golden Globe, planned to propose to Suleika a year before her diagnosis. The singer reveals it took him a year to select the perfect ring for the author.
Batiste and Suleika dated for eight years before walking down the aisle. Photo Source: Instagram
Giving more deets into their enviable relationship, the New-York bestselling author further shares how Batiste would write her lullaby to make up for not being beside her due to the then-surging Omnicoron variant. "It felt like he was right there, sleeping by my bedside to fill the room with these healing properties," Suleika shares.
Get to know Suleika Jaouad!
The Academy-winning singer says that making his relationship with Suleika official is an "act of defiance," amid the author's cancer diagnosis." The darkness will try to overtake you but turn on the light. Focus on the light. Hold onto the light," the Freedom hitmaker quotes. The newly married's heartwarming story has fans curious about Suleika, who has now risen to become the wife of five Grammys-winning singer.
Suleika is a best-selling author and an Emmy-winning writer. Source: ET Canada
Beyond the celebrity status endowed to her by Jon's stardom, Suleika is an established figure in her own right. Besides being a best-selling author, Suleika is also an advocate and a motivational speaker. She won an Emmy for her New York Times column Life, Interrupted. Suleika has also contributed to magazines like Vogue, NPR, Glamour, and Women's Health.
Jaouad's memoir, Between Two Kingdoms, an instant hit, documents the author's dreadful experience with cancer. Jaouad was diagnosed with cancer for the first time in 2011; she has since spoken extensively about the illness. Also, a sought-after motivational speaker, Suleika's 2019 Ted Talk garnered her a fan base worldwide. During the pandemic, the author created The Isolation journal, an artists-led community and a publishing platform.