Never Would Have Thought It: Marvin Sapp and Imani Showalter are a Couple?

March 2, 2012  |  


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 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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  • Datboie215

    This is the problem with the public today, I have been a member of Lighthouse Full Life Center church for the past 3 years, I’m there FAITHFULLY every Sunday at 11am, Tuesday at 7pm and everything else in between and never have I seen Imani there so before yall go judging people on what you hear you need to check it for yourself because who are you to judge anyway and F.Y.I. Brothers in the church AIN’T like brothers in the streets, smh

  • CW

    Pastor Marvin shouldn’t not go to the world for a wife, let along one, that’s not in the Lord or even know what serving God and humility is all about. Here’s Satan again, setting up another Man of God for a fall and he has no clue. I know he hear’s God, but when LUST is a factor, the ONLY thing one can hear is; I gotta have that. Flying her out, ARE U SERIOUS? Minister’s don’t do these worldly show-off type things, we wait on God to bring her to US, as Men of God. Plus, he’s a PASTOR, what type of example does that set for his church; that they can go out into the world and get someone, that has NO CLUE about serving God, with mileage as well from the worlds point of view and everybody know’s who your wife have slept with, COME ON. And dont forget, she has baby daddy issues, with way more $$ than Marvin and she’s already been corrupted with that lifestyle. But, God can change a person’s heart, but they have to wanna change for God and themselves. Finally, I hope he hasn’t bitten of the FORBITTEN FRUIT, because if he has, then the foundation of this relationship is built on SAND and wont last and then the ministry/God will be mocked in the end. Man of God, wait I say, on the Lord. Yes, satan women are gorgeous, but Proverbs 31 women for the ministry, are way better and dont have mileage and been corrupted with the cars of this life. DONT DO IT.. Going to the world, makes a statement, that God dont have VIRGIN DAUGHTERS with a committed heart to Him in the Church. Read what Paul says;
    1 Corinthians 7:39

    The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband/wife be dead, he/she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

  • Guest

    Jesus, please take the wheel!

  • Klynnfun

    God bless them, I’ll be glad when the Lord send me my Marvin Sapp!  Enjoy girlfriend!

  • CA Pullen

    I hope Marvin Sapp really thinks about this.  I hope this is not true. 

  • LesliePurifoy

    This is not true. She is dating Warren Sapp NOT Marvin Sapp. Pastor Sapp posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages that this rumor is false.

  • Jesus take the wheel!! 3 and 3 remember Jesus was 33 when he went to the this could be his match made in heaven!!I hope this works out!!

  • Stephaniematanga

    This is not true! He confirmed on twitter that he was NOT dating Imani. SMH..this is how rumors get started!!!

    • LesliePurifoy

      Exactly. This is why blogging gets a bad name. People need to verify information before you start posting. Imani is dating Warren Sapp not Marvin Sapp.

  • Medw

    Jesus take the wheel!

  • Merriegirl

    Imani was less violent than the others, however her WORTHLESS description of Draya still bothers me. I just don’t thin kits her place to comment on the worth of another woman. 

  • Kendrafjackson

    I wasn’t feeling Imani on the show. She was just as bad like Draya (lying to a man how many kids she had) Too each is own if they do get married hope it last but on the show she was the least favorite to me.

  • Shan

    Damn you MN! I’m trying to not judge so much. Therefore I won’t say anything as I sip my tea. (sip sip)

  • Jay

    Not feeling too good about this one.  But then again, I don’t have to.  I have my own marriage to focus on and make work and that’s a FULL time job. 

  • Janee

    I’m for it! There is the story of Hosea in the Bible. Not saying she’s a prostitute, but if God is in the middle of it, the relationship can (and will) work out! Good for them! 

    • Zuribysaleana

      I was thinking the exct same thing!

    • CW

      Big difference and keep it 100, you already know her sleeping around record ans so does the world. God made Hosea marry a w***e to show Isreal how they was treating Him and she had kids from various men on him, like Isreal served various god’s on God, way different. This is satan tricking another Man of God to take the fruit, without knowing the future consecences of this choice to the Body of Christ down the road. It also makes a bad example to God, that God DO NOT have any VIRGINS or Proverb 31 women of God in the Body of Christ. BAD BAD CHOICE. Lust is a bugga, because it clouds your spiritual eyes and ears from hearing God and drives you to fulfill your appetite for a moment of pleasure. Scripture, in the last days, many will fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.