Gabourey Sidibe got 'secretly married' to Brandon Frankel over a year ago just to avoid wedding hoopla
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Gabourey Sidibe revealed that she has been "secretly married" to Brandon Frankel over a year. In conversation with the hosts of 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' on Monday, December 5, the 'Precious' star revealed details about her now husband Brandon Frankel’s engagement proposal in late 2020, as well as their hush-hush wedding in March 2021. The actress further explained how she hates weddings.
“The thing about weddings is I don’t like them. I don’t like them,” the 39-year-old actress explained to the hosts. “Here’s an example of how much I don’t like them — I’m actually married. We got married over a year ago.” Ryan Seacrest said he was "puzzled" by the revelation, while Kelly Rippa questioned whether it was indeed "breaking news." That's when Frankel, an executive in the entertainment industry was spotted in the audience confirming the information by extending his hand to reveal a diamond ring finger, as per Daily Mail.
The interview started off by Kelly talking about how Sidibe did "something amazing during the pandemic and got engaged." "Uh oh. Yeah I did, thank you," Sidibe said. In response to Kelly joking about the many relationships that 'failed' because of the pandemic, the celebrity responded, "Not mine! Skyrocketed!" Ryan then enquired about how their proposal went in the pandemic.
"Well, it was very quiet. What happened? It was honestly a weird day... I had.. we were going to get our nails done and right before we left the house, one of the guest rooms... the light was on and I went to turn it off and there was a big Will You Marry Me balloon, rose petals. This was three hours earlier than it was supposed to be. We were supposed to leave and then come back and he's not that great at planning things...." she joked.
"What was even funnier. When he did propose, he was like well you ruined it by like seeing the balloons first. But actually you ruined it because I found the ring over a month ago. I actually had two pictures of the ring..." she began explaining. "In his burner phone. He had a burner phone for work. He said it was our burner phone like as a family and I needed it for something and I wanted to take a picture of something so I took the picture and went to the gallery to get that picture and there was three: The picture I took and two of my ring. Yeah, he'll never cheat on me successfully," Sidibe joked.
Ryan said to the actress, "Let's talk about the wedding, are you planning a...' That is when the actress revealed she got married more than a year ago in March 2021 and she went on saying that the wedding was so intimate that it was "just us," Sidibe continued, adding that they were wed "at the kitchen table." In order to appease her mother-in-law, she did acknowledge that they would ultimately get married. However, she said that the reason for the actress's dislike of weddings was that her mother was a wedding singer, which meant that she had "gone to a lot of weddings, uninvited" herself.
After the interview Frankel immediately took to instagram and shared a series of pictures of the couple showing of their wedding rings, captioning “SURPRISE! I can finally call her my WIFE publicly!” He continued by saying that he felt "relieved we can now inform the public" now that Sidibe "spilled the beans."
“So thankful to have found my forever person, my partner-in-crime, and the love of my life. Every day is the best day with you,” Frankel added. “Nobody I would rather raise cats with and be in bed by a smooth 8pm with. Love you forever”
Later in the day, Gabourey posted the similar wedding photo together with two other people. One showed the pair posing together while eating a "romantic sunset dinner" while wearing colorful face masks, and another showed their cat inspecting the flower bridal arrangement.