This is even more weird than Toni and Eddie. “Basketball Wives LA” star Imani Showalter took a long break from the dating scene after calling it quits with ex-fiancé and NBA star Stephen Jackson, but it seems she was just waiting for God to lead her to the right man.
A source has told HipHollywood.com that Imani has managed to snag Grammy-nominated gospel singer Marvin Sapp and the two could be on their way down the aisle. Imani supposedly met Marvin in LA when he was judging the Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound choir competition at the Staples Center in October. After meeting before the show, the source says:
“The two exchanged information and immediately started corresponding after the show. A week or so later Marvin flew her to Grand Rapids to visit him and so she could experience his church.”
That sounds typical for a christian brother. Since then, though, the source says the two have been inseparable, with Marvin flying Imani out for various concert dates and preaching engagements. She supposedly traveled with the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church preacher to Chicago for a concert at the New Life Covenant Church in late December and was also by his side when he co-hosted the Stellar Gospel Awards in Nashville during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend.
“They’ve been spending quite a bit of time together. They’re definitely falling in love and I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up getting married,” the source said.
Imani was one of the more calm members of the LA cast so this relationship may not be as taboo as it seems on the surface; although there is the issue of that random bikini photo she uploaded to Twitter not that long ago. The source says if Imani thinks the church members are going for that she better think again.
“If she seriously wants to be with him and plans to become the First Lady of his church, the last thing she needs to be doing is tweeting risqué photos of herself. That’s just a big no-no!”
If these two do somehow make it down the aisle, they’ll be raising a Brady bunch. Imani has three kids from her relationship with Stephen, and Marvin Sapp is also a widowed father of three. In September 2010, Marvin lost his wife Malinda to colon cancer.
What do you think about these two? Jesus be a fence or Jesus take the wheel?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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