Mommy Mash Up: Monifah Ties the Knot to Wife, Terez
R&B Divas: Atlanta star Monifah tied the knot to her wife, Terez, in a first-of-its-kind reality show finale ceremony. The singer, who might be best known for her 1998 single, “Touch It,” says her same-sex wedding was a ground-breaking event for the LGBTQ community.
In an interview with After Ellen, the star says, “We gotta normalize [same-sex partnerships]. This is part of the new American family. Same-gendered couples are a part of America. This is nothing new, but the new part of it is that we’re able to be protected under the same laws as heterosexual couples that are married. That is what is different. But as far as being productive members of society, there’s nothing different there.”
The couple wed in an intimate ceremony attended by their closest family and friends, including Monifah’s R&B Divas: Atlanta castmates, in Hawaii. Noticeably missing from the auspicious event, however, was Monifah’s only daughter, Akemi, who skipped the event due to her religious beliefs.
And while her daughter’s presence would have made her wedding that much more special, her absence didn’t stop the couple from having the fairytale ceremony they dreamed of.
In 2012, when Monifah reemerged to the public, fans of the singer were a bit caught off guard when the star shared with viewers that she was a lesbian. And while she says it was never a secret, many people had no clue the songstress was homosexual. But as fans have tuned in and fallen in love with Monifah’s vivacious personality all over again, the details of her sexual orientation tends to be overshadowed by the resuscitation of her musical career.
There are, however, intimate moments on the show when viewers are able to connect to the singer, whose newest single, “The Other Side,” recently hit iTunes. Her daughter’s conflict with her sexual orientation and even her now-wife’s heart-warming proposal to the star have all unfolded right before fans’ eyes. And with her nuptials taking place on the shows Season 3 finale, the diva, who is open about he battle with and rehabilitation from drug addiction, is letting everyone know that she back with a new lease on life and love.
Cheers to the happy couple!