LAS VEGAS — Usher and his longtime partner, Jenn Goicoechea, were married in Las Vegas just hours after the R&B superstar’s Super Bowl halftime appearance, according to officials and documents. The officiant who married the couple is known for dressing as an Elvis Presley impersonator.
The couple married Sunday at Vegas Weddings, according to a marriage certificate released Monday. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Ronald Joseph Polrywka, better known locally as Ron DeCar. Witnesses included Jonnetta Patton, Usher’s mother.
” Congratulations to the newlyweds ! » said the chapel’s owner, Melody Willis-Williams, in a statement. “We were beyond excited to host this epic day for Usher and his new bride.”
“As much as we love, love,” the statement added, “it’s the couple’s news that we need to share more details about. We will always be fans of Usher! Yeah!”
Usher, 45, and Goicoechea, 40, have been together since 2019 and have two young daughters. A representative for Usher, Lydia Kanuga, did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press, including whether the service took place in the chapel, on a balcony or in a drive-thru lane.
DeCar did not respond to an email from The Associated Press requesting additional information. A publicist said DeCar declined to comment.
Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya, who is in charge of the county’s marriage license office, confirmed that her office issued a license to Usher and Goicoechea last week.
“Naturally, they got married in Las Vegas,” Goya said. “What better place than the “Wedding Capital of the World”?
The document, released Thursday, lists the couple’s full names — Usher Raymond IV and Jennifer Jean Goicoechea — and shows they paid a $102 filing fee. He notes that Usher had previously been married and Goicoechea was not. It also listed their business address in a commercial building in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Usher divorced his first wife, Tameka Foster, in 2009 after two years together, and he gained custody of their two sons. In December 2018, the singer filed for divorce after three years from his second wife and former manager, Grace Miguel.
Bailiff super bowl halftime performance Sunday at Allegiant Stadium was acclaimed and included appearances from stars such as Alicia Keys, H.E.R., Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon and Ludacris. The Kansas City Chiefs won the NFL Championship Game in overtime, 25-22, against the San Francisco 49ers.
Usher recently completed a two-year residency on the Las Vegas Strip where he performed “Usher: My Way” at Park MGM. He has just released his first solo album in eight yearsand in August should start a project of 24 cities USA tour entitled “Past, Present, Future”.
Associated Press music reporter Maria Sherman contributed to this report.
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