Jon Batiste privately married Suleika Jaouad


Jaouad, the author of the cancer memoir Between Two Kingdoms, said the event happened just before the planned bone marrow transplant. She was diagnosed with leukemia for the second time.

“We got married the day before I went to the hospital to have my bone marrow transplant,” she told CBS Sunday Morning.

Jaouad continued, “We knew we wanted to get married, I think, from the first week we started dating. That’s when Jon brought up the subject of marriage to me for the first time. So we had eight years. It’s not, you know, a hasty decision!”

She added that her diagnosis wasn’t actually a factor in the two tying the knot.

“He said to me, ‘I just want to be absolutely clear that I’m not proposing to you because of this diagnosis. It took me a year to design your ring. So, be aware that timing has nothing to do with it. But what I want you to know is that this diagnosis doesn’t change anything. It just makes it all the more clear to me that I want to commit and that we want to be together. But when we realized we had this tiny window before the bone marrow transplant, we went for it.”

She said the wedding was “tiny” but perfect.

“And I’m telling you, we walked into this bone marrow transplant unit on cloud nine. We were so happy, so full of love and positivity from this beautiful evening we had. And I really think that’s what kept us going,” she said.

On Sunday, Batiste took home five Grammy Awards, including best music video and album of the year.

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Dustin Huang

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