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Jon Batiste, Suleika Jaouad announce they have been secretly married

Bycbs editor

Apr 3, 2022

Grammy-nominated musician Jon Batiste, the bandleader of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and Suleika Jaouad, creator of the bestselling most cancers memoir “Between Two Kingdoms,” discovered that they have been secretly married in February, they advised “CBS Sunday Morning.”

The couple, who’ve been collectively for 8 years, determined to wed after she turned into lately recognized with leukemia for a 2nd time. “We were given married the day earlier than I turned into admitted to the health center to go through my bone marrow transplant,” she advised correspondent Jim Axelrod.

“We have recognized that we desired to get married, I think, from the primary week that we began out dating. That’s while Jon first delivered up the subject of marriage to me. So, we have got had 8 years. This is now no longer, you recognise, a hasty decision!” she laughed.

Jaouad stated that the suddenness of the “tiny, lovely, little ceremony” supposed they made do with out formal rings. “We used bread ties,” she stated.

Batiste stated that the whirlwind ceremony “is not gonna interrupt the plan that we have. This is only a bump withinside the road.”

“And some thing like getting married may be an act of optimism, an act of declaration, an act of, ‘We have a future,'” stated Axelrod.

“Yes. It’s an act of defiance. The darkness will attempt to overtake you, however simply activate the light. Focus at the light. Hold onto the light.”

Jaouad stated that once she were given her analysis, Batiste discovered his plans to advise have been months withinside the works. “He stated to me, ‘I simply need to be very clear, I’m now no longer providing to you due to this analysis. It’s taken me a 12 months to layout your ring. So, simply recognise this timing has not anything to do with it. But what I do need you to recognise is this analysis does not alternate something. It simply makes it all of the clearer to me that I need to decide to this and for us to be collectively.’ But as soon as we found out we had this tiny window earlier than the bone marrow transplant, we determined to head for it.

“And way to a friend, we have been capable of set up to get a wedding license on the final minute, whilst I turned into withinside the OR getting a catheter positioned into my chest. And it turned into absurd! There have been nurses around, there have been surgeons around. We had this computer. I turned into in a health center gown. But we made it happen. And that night time we went and purchased our wedding ceremony clothes collectively, final-minute, plenty of laughter. But it turned into, you recognise, now no longer something like what we would imagined. There have been perhaps 4 humans present. It turned into private. It turned into tiny. And it turned into perfect.”

“And I’ll inform you, we walked into that bone marrow transplant unit on cloud nine,” Jaouad stated. “We have been so happy, so brimming with love and positivity from this lovely night that we would had. And I certainly trust that that carried us through. That feel of community, that feel of love, that feel of pleasure and spontaneity have been so important.”