In their latest interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the Grammy-winning musician Jon Batiste and the best seller author Suleika Jaouad revealed the secret marriage they had in February.
The couple had been in a relationship for the long eight years. They both had witnessed despair and bliss in their fruitful relationship throughout these years. He had been the Knight in her shining Armor. Thus their private marriage only brought ecstasy to well-wishers.
The bandleader of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ Jon and Suleika Jaouad, author of the bestselling cancer memoir ‘Between Two Kingdoms,’ shared an inspiring story until now. The couple decided to wed after her leukemia diagnosis for the second time.
“We got married the day before I was admitted to the hospital to undergo my bone marrow transplant,” she said to the writer Jim Axelrod.
“We have known that we wanted to get married, I think, from the first week that we started dating. That’s when Jon first brought up the topic of marriage to me. So, we’ve had eight years. This is not, you know, a hasty decision!” she further stated with her enlightening laugh.
Jaouad added by stating the instant “tiny, beautiful, little ceremony” meant to do without formal rings. “We used bread ties,” she said.
Batiste mentioned that the hurricane could not destroy or induce grief.
“This isn’t going to interrupt the plan that we have. This is just a bump in the road,” he said. “It’s an act of defiance. The darkness will try to overtake you but just turn on the light. Focus on the light. Hold onto the light.”
When Jaouad got diagnosed for the second time, Batiste shared his months of progressive plans and excitement to propose to her.
“He said to me, ‘I just want to be very clear, I’m not proposing to you because of this diagnosis. It’s taken me a year to design your ring. So, just know this timing has nothing to do with it. But what I do want you to know is that this diagnosis doesn’t change anything. It just makes it all the clearer to me that I want to commit to this and for us to be together.’ But once we realized we had this tiny window before the bone marrow transplant, we decided to go for it.” she said.
“And thanks to a friend, we were able to arrange to get a marriage license at the very last minute while I was in the OR getting a catheter placed into my chest. And it was absurd! There were nurses and surgeons around. We had this computer. I was in a hospital gown, but we made it happen. And that night, we bought our wedding outfits together, very last-minute, with lots of laughter. But it was, you know, not anything like what we’d imagined. There were maybe four people present. It was private. It was tiny. And it was perfect.”
“And I’ll tell you, we walked into that bone marrow transplant unit on cloud nine,” Jaouad said. “We were so happy, so brimming with love and positivity from this beautiful evening that we’d had. And I really believe that that carried us through. That sense of community, that sense of love, that sense of joy and spontaneity were so important.”
When they share the memorable moments of their life in utmost delight, we can only hope and pray for them to be happy, stick together, and sparkle in love for eternity.
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