Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds Announces Engagement To Long-time Girlfriend

February 10, 2014  |  

While making press rounds to promote his new duet album with Toni Braxton, “Love, Marriage and Divorce,” Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds announced that he’s engaged. The announcement came during an interview with BET after he was asked by Toni whether or not he’d consider getting married again.

“I’ve already considered it,” he responded. “I’m engaged, so yes.”

Though the duo have been working together quite a bit lately, Toni seemed completely surprised that her long-time friend was preparing to take the plunge again.

“You’re engaged? I think your fans are gonna be a little disappointed, but equally happy for you.”

The “Hurt You” singer’s new fiancée is long-time girlfriend, Nicole Patenburg. According to Essence, the two have been dating for seven years. They welcomed their first daughter, Peyton Nicole Edmonds, in 2008. Nicole used to work as a back-up dancer for Babyface. This will be the 54-year-old singer’s third marriage and he says his experiences have taught him a thing or two about what makes relationships successful.

“The main thing is being honest with yourself and being honest with your feelings. When we’re not honest with ourselves we just accept situations, don’t talk about them, and as you said, ignore the elephant in the room. You better recognize there is an elephant in the room and deal with it, because a lot of times the elephant in the room is the one that you put in there, so you have to deal with it.”

“It’s an ongoing thing that we keep learning, and we’re never too old to learn. It’s something that you can’t just say, “Okay, I got this down.” It doesn’t quite work that way. All of us are a work in progress all the time. I think all three things have made me grow and I’m still growing.”

The engagement seemed to come as a bit of a shock to everyone, but we certainly wish them all the best.

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