The secret marriage took place between Batiste secretly from Suleika Jaouad in February before a bone marrow transplant
After the author was diagnosed with leukemia for the second time, the pair married in February. Surprise! Jon Batiste is a husband and father.
In February, the Grammy winner, 35, married longtime lover Suleika Jaouad in secret. After she was diagnosed with leukemia for the second time, Jaouad, author of the bestseller cancer book Between Two Kingdoms, told CBS Sunday Morning that the pair intended to marry.
She told the publication, “We got married the day before I was admitted to the hospital for my bone marrow transplant.”
“I believe we knew we wanted to marry from the first week of dating.” Jon brought up the subject of marriage for the first time at that time. “So, we’ve been together for eight years,” Jaouad laughed. “You know, this isn’t a quick choice!”
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Despite the fact that the pair married before her bone marrow transplant, Jaouad, 33, claimed her condition had no bearing on Batiste’s proposal.
“I just want to be clear, I’m not proposing to you because of this diagnosis,” he stated. Your ring took me a year to create. Just keep in mind that the time has nothing to do with it. But I do want you to know that this diagnosis has no bearing on your situation. “It only reinforces my desire to commit to this and for us to be together,” Jaouad told CBS. “However, when we discovered we had this little window before the bone marrow transplant, we wanted to take advantage of it.”
Batiste and Jaouad were able to get their marriage license swiftly and held a “small” and “beautiful” ceremony, with the couple opting for “bread ties” instead of traditional wedding bands.
“And I’ll tell you,” Jaouad said, “we went into that bone marrow transplant unit on cloud nine.” “We were overjoyed, overflowing with love and optimism after such a lovely evening.” And I think that was the key to our success.
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Last year, the artist spoke with PEOPLE about the making of his album, We Are, and how the song “Show Me the Way” represents his relationship with Jaouad.
“It puts everything in context.” There are ups and downs in life. “And the ups and downs might happen at the same time,” he said. “And it really lets you know when that happens by shaking your awareness and saying, ‘Be present.'” ‘Come in.’ So, for me, what’s going on at home and what’s going on now are both in their rightful places.”
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