Jon Batiste, Suleika Jaouad Privately Wed After Her Leukemia Diagnosis


Jon Batiste is not only a five-time Grammy winner, he’s also a newlywed.

The 35-year-old musician recently revealed that he privately wed author Suleika Jaouad back in February.

“We’ve been secret married until this moment,” Jaouad also shared while on CBS This Morning April 3. “We didn’t have wedding bands. We used bread ties.”

It hasn’t been an entirely happy time for the couple, who have been together for eight years. Jaouad (33), was diagnosed with leukemia in November. She had been in remission since her 20s. According to her, she spoke with correspondent Jim Axelrod, “It was far more aggressive than it had been a decade ago.” 

So, the night before Jaouad’s bone marrow transplant, they said, “I do,”An event that would have happened regardless of their health.

“He said to me, ‘I just want to be very clear, I’m not proposing to you because of this diagnosis. It’s taken me a year to design your ring. So, just know this timing has nothing to do with it. But what I do want you to know is that this diagnosis doesn’t change anything. It just makes it all the clearer to me that I want to commit to this and for us to be together,'”She remembered. “But once we realized we had this tiny window before the bone marrow transplant, we decided to go for it.”

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