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Should Regular Folks Keep Their Marriages On The Hush Like J Cole?

January 19th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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For months, rumors have been swirling about J Cole and his engagement to longtime girlfriend Melissa Heholt. And then they died down, leaving all of his fans and fanatics with a little bit of hope that he was still, technically, on the market.

But yesterday, we learned that that is not the case.

While Cole and director Ryan Cooler were celebrating Dr. King’s dream at the MLKNow event, many women had theirs crushed.

In case you missed the moment, you can watch it in the video above where Coogler asked the rapper how being married has changed him.

Wait, what?! The last we heard, he was questionably engaged. And now we learn that he’s married?

The news left our heads spinning trying to catch up.

Once I let it soak in, the whole thing made sense. The only thing we’ve known for certain about J Cole’s relationship is that he’s been in one from the time he was in college. And that’s it. Mind you, there are pages and pages of speculation about their relationship and his cheating on Lipstick Alley; but the facts are they met in college. Period.

For someone whose relationship will be viewed under a microscope, speculated and whispered about, the notion of keeping it secret seems cautious, protective, smart. Not only do people assume most celebrity men can’t be faithful, there are plenty of people who will root for public relationships to fail.

And that brings me to the regular folk. Are there benefits to keeping your wedding and your marriage low key? Certainly.

And here are just a few.

Maintains its sanctity 

There’s the wedding and then there’s the marriage. And more often than not, the preparation and planning for a wedding becomes such a monster that the marriage, the entire purpose of the wedding, seems to take a backseat. When you marry secretly, whether you elope or keep the guest list to a minimum, you don’t have to consider the opinions, wishes and critiques of others.

Saves money 

If people don’t know you’re getting married, if there are no social media announcements, there will be fewer people, random people, asking for invitations, attempting to bring cousins you’ve never met who will be there talking about the food you so painstakingly selected and paid for.

Build quietly

I don’t want to make a habit out of agreeing with Future. But even a broken clock is right twice a day. And though the rapper’s argument was a bit illogical, he said that he wanted to marry Ciara privately, so that when the tabloids learned about their nuptials, they would have made it past the newlywed stage. Now, considering the fact that Future and Ciara literally promoted their relationship, I’m going to call B.S. But for those who haven’t appeared on red carpets, tattooed the other’s initial or publicly referred to their partner as royalty, then the idea of doing the grunt work out of the public eye might not be such a bad idea. Depending on who you ask, the first year as a married couple can either be fun and exciting or a shock to the system. But everyone agrees that it is an adjustment. While you’re transitioning into the role you plan to hold for the rest of your life, it might be nice to do so without the prying eyes of others.

Keeps your business your own 

When we’re in love, we have a tendency to want to declare it. If you’ve seen Mean Girls, you know about word vomit. You might want to keep certain details or the entire relationship to yourself but as you’re speaking, things just keep flying out. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But it also invites wandering eyes into one of your most private, most intimate relationships. As joyous and celebratory as weddings can be, they can be just as special if they’re shared between the two people who will ultimately have to work to keep the union strong.

Columbus Short and Karrine Steffans Are Married!

January 14th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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We’ve known for some time that Columbus Short and Karrine Steffans were romantically involved. But we didn’t bother reporting about it because we assumed it would be one of those fly by night relationships.

But according to Karrine’s Instagram page and a Clapback captured by The Shade Room, the two are legally married.

Coincidentally or conveniently, the two are also working on a movie called “Meet The Shorts.” 

Anyway, when she shared an image, celebrating her man and their union, a fan asked that she be careful because Steffans has been known to love too hard and quickly jump into relationships.

Karrine responded saying,

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAgLfDCy2Ct/

Well…

TMZ missed the marriage license on this one. But Karrine seemed to offer some proof by way of a ring.

https://www.instagram.com/p/8mQ_WQBoK2/?taken-by=karrineandco

Then again, maybe it’s this ring.

I solemnly swear..

A photo posted by Karrine & Co.® (@karrineandco) on

Or this one.

Just because I don't talk about it, doesn't mean it's not happening.

A photo posted by Karrine & Co.® (@karrineandco) on

Who knows?

She also shared these images in her wedding dress. Check them out below.

New shoes and tired feet on my wedding day. #tbt

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Wedding day giggles with my Maid of Honor. #tbt

A photo posted by Karrine & Co.® (@karrineandco) on

Wedding day giggles with my Maid of Honor. #tbt

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Wedding night photo. #tbt

A photo posted by Karrine & Co.® (@karrineandco) on

She looks happy! Congratulations to Columbus and Karrine.

Celebrity Weddings We Didn’t Find Out About Until After They Said “I Do”

July 15th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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Your wedding day can be one of the biggest days of your life, which is why most people can’t wait to share the news that they’re getting married. But we didn’t find out about the big day of these celebrities until after they said, “I do.”

Kim Coles

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Kim Coles

News of Kim Coles’ wedding in the Dominican Republic surfaced weeks after the Living Single star said, “I do” to former SWAT officer Reggie Mckiver. “I’m 53 and Reggie is 41 but I’m not a cougar,” Coles said in an interview. “It’s about the right energy. It wasn’t like I was trolling for younger men. It’s about energy. We’re ageless. Just two people on the same plane.”

Protect Those Coins: 14 Outrageous Celebrity Prenups

April 27th, 2015 - By Julia Austin
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Prenups between ordinary couples don’t get that exciting: “Do you get our collection of angry cat mugs or do I?” But when it comes to celebrities, there is a lot to protect, and a lot to split up. Here are 15 of the most outrageous celebrity prenups.

Oh, Word? Stars We Didn’t Realize Were Married To One Another In The Past And Present

April 3rd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Excuse us, but we’ve been living under a rock. We didn’t realize that the same people we watch on our favorite shows and in our favorite movies were married to one another at some point in time. While some of these star couples are still going strong, a majority signed them papers and hit the road.

Must be awkward to run into one another at awards shows.

But life and the show must go on. Check out the stars we didn’t know were married to one another in the past and present.

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Geena Davis And Jeff Goldblum

And here we thought that they just starred alongside one another in that hella creepy movie The Fly. Davis and Goldblum were actually married from 1987 to 1990.

Make It Official: Looks Like Bow Wow And Erica Mena Tied The Knot Already

March 24th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Bow Wow And Erica Mena Tied The Knot Already

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When I first learned that Bow Wow and Erica Mena were engaged, I was shocked but also immediately assumed it was a publicity stunt. And if I’m being completely honest, I’m still not sure their love is real. But perhaps they’ve taken that next step anyway. Earlier today, on his Facebook page, the rapper and former host of “106 & Park,” posted an extensive message to his fiancé, that seemed to suggest that the couple are already husband and wife.

See what he had to say below.

Bow Wow is known for playing games on social media, so only time will tell if this is true or not. But if it is, congratulations to this couple.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to settle a debt I owe.

The Come Up: 15 Celebrities Who Married Royalty

March 11th, 2015 - By Julia Austin
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Some celebrity couples call themselves a “power couple” because they’re both artists or Oscar-nominated actors, but if you ask us, a real power couple happens when celebrity royalty joins actual, crown-and-all, royalty. Here are 15 celebrities who married royalty.

Update: Gabrielle Union And D. Wade Took Care Of That Marriage License Issue

February 10th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Aren't Officially Married

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Update: Someone got on the good foot and returned this marriage license to the Miami-Dade County marriage license bureau. And the information on the website has subsequently been updated. No conspiracy, someone was just sleeping on their job.

Source: Miami Dade County Marriage License Bureau

Source: Miami Dade County Marriage License Bureau

I know some of you are still in your feelings about the Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union’s relationship. And though they’ve been through some pretty public messiness, I happen to really like them together. They’re pretty cute.

But for as much as I love them as a couple, they might not actually be legally married.

Yes, they had a ceremony and Essence officiated; but in the eyes of the state of Florida they’re not legally bound.

According to the Miami Herald, the couple’s marriage license hasn’t made it to the state records office.

And their wedding was six months ago.

Also according to the Miami Dade County Marriage License Bureau, the license hasn’t been returned.

Receipts:

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Miami-Dad county marriage license manger Roberto Reboso, naturally, that this could present a problem if they ever need to prove that they are in fact legally married.

“We know they’re married from what they said on TV; and they obtained a marriage license before the ceremony, but they still haven’t returned the license signed by the person who officiated the ceremony. So their marriage has not been recorded by the state.”

In the state of Florida, couples are asked to sign the license and bring it back to the county within 10 days to make their marriage official.

Y’all know what it is, if you can’t prove you’re married that doesn’t entitle you to any property or assets should the person die or should divorce proceedings come into play.

Which is…interesting.

As a person who almost lost my scholarship freshman year because I didn’t submit paperwork, I can relate.

But in my defense, I legitimately didn’t know that was required of me. In this case, both Gabby and D. Wade have been married before. So they know the drill. This not signing and returning the marriage license could be a gross, six-month-long oversight. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t wonder if this is a way to protect themselves should the marriage turn sour and they have to end up going their separate ways.

Still, not signing a marriage license, kind of makes all that prenup talk seem irrelevant…

No judgment. Get it how you live. This is just a things that make you go hmmm kind of story.

What do you think about this story? Did they just forget or do you think something else is going on here?

Celebrities Who Got Engaged Or Married On Valentine’s Day

February 9th, 2015 - By Julia Austin
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Valentine’s Day proposal/wedding: adorable or annoying? These stars decided it’s adorable. Here are 15 pairs of celebrities who got engaged or married on Valentine’s Day.

"Salma Hayek pf"

Salma Hayek and Henry Pinnault

The “Frida” actress and her billionaire husband love Valentine’s Day so much that they named their daughter Valentina. The two had a private ceremony on V-Day of 2009 in Paris, followed by a more high profile event for their Hollywood friends.

Is Usher’s Engagement to Grace Miguel His Best Career Move Yet?

January 15th, 2015 - By Rich
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Say what you want about Usher Raymond’s private life–the cheating allegations, the messy divorce from his first wife Tameka Foster and the epic battle for custody of the kids–when it comes to his career, he’s on point. That’s 65 million records sold worldwide.

So Usher’s engagement to girlfriend and manager Grace Miguel, who he began dating on the heels of his divorce from Tameka in 2009, should come as no surprise. Dude is ambitious as hell. He started his career at age 11 when did you start yours?

Now he is mixing business with pleasure, which may not be a good idea. It didn’t work the first time. Tameka was actually his stylist before they wed. And he’ll probably have to chain that roving eye. Will this woman stand for him screwing not one, but two of her bridesmaids? (If it’s a lie Tameka told it) And then there’s the chance he might get bored. Mama is over 10 years his senior- other than that, this looks good!

He recently told Billboard magazine, “I have an incredible partner and manager.” She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career. She’s someone who’s been able to support and understand all of who I am. Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person.”

And it doesn’t hurt that as an executive at Island Def Jam Records, Grace worked with everyone from Jay-Z, Kanye and Rihanna, to The Biebs. By marrying her Usher gets to lock down all her time. And speaking of that, the time he spends working won’t be a problem because as manager she gets 10 percent of everything he makes, so the more he’s out there, the better. And how cool is it that all the money and dirty laundry stays in the family? The two of them getting married is like Olivia Pope and Fitz tying the knot. This could be a match made in industry heaven!

Now there is another drawback…a 48 year-old record exec (and mom) and a pop star with custody of his two kids, may not provide us with a lot of drama. But ultimately, we wish the best to the happy couple!

What are your thoughts? Is Usher making a good career move?

Erickka Sy Savané is a freelance writer and creator of THE BREW, a social commentary blog. Before that she was a model/actress/MTV VJ. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.