Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, 55, Weds Longtime Girlfriend, Nicole Pantenburg, 41

Kenneth Weds With Longtime GirlfriendR&B singer-songwriter and pro­ducer Ken­neth “Baby­face” Edmonds, 55, sur­prised fans in Feb­ru­ary 2014 when he revealed in an inter­view that he and his younger girl­friend, 41-year-old Nicole Pan­ten­burg, were engaged. After the inter­view, he released a state­ment con­firm­ing that he really was “on the love mar­riage path” and that he was a “very lucky guy.”

Fast for­ward three months and the celebrity cou­ple is now offi­cially hus­band and wife. Ken­neth “Baby­face” Edmonds and Nicole Pan­ten­burg exchanged vows on May 17.

The celebrity cou­ple ini­tially planned to hold their mar­riage cer­e­mony at the Hotel Bel-Air in L.A., but changed the loca­tion at the last minute in protest of one of the hotel’s part-owners, Sul­tan Has­sanal Bolkhia of Brunei, who recently enacted Shariah law back home, which enables Brunei author­i­ties to instill harsh penal­ties, pos­si­bly even a ston­ing death, for homo­sex­u­al­ity, as well as other behav­iors like adul­tery and pre­mar­i­tal sex.

To show their sup­port, Edmonds and Pan­ten­berg moved their inti­mate cer­e­mony to a pri­vate loca­tion some­where in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Oprah Win­frey is believed to be just one of the many famous guests in attendance.

The celebrity cou­ple has been dat­ing since 2007—she used to be one of his backup dancers—and already has a five-year-old daugh­ter together. In a recent inter­view, Edmonds revealed some insight into why their rela­tion­ship has been so suc­cess­ful, despite their 14-year age gap. Their secret is sim­ple: com­mu­ni­ca­tion. “The main thing is being hon­est with your­self and being hon­est with your feel­ings,” said Edmonds. “When we’re not hon­est with our­selves, we just accept sit­u­a­tions, don’t talk about them,” adding that it’s imper­a­tive to talk about and deal with the “ele­phant in the room.”

The R&B might icon might know a thing or two about what it takes to make a mar­riage work—this is his third walk down the “love mar­riage path.” He also has two kids from his sec­ond mar­riage to Tracey Edmonds, which ended two years before he started dat­ing Pantenburg.

Sources:

Black­low, J., “Baby­face Refuses to Let Sul­tain of Brunei Ruin Wed­ding,” YAHOO! Canada web site, May 20, 2014; http://goo.gl/AbhrlH.

Dinh, J., “Kenny ‘Baby­face’ Edmonds ties the knot with long­time girl­friend,” She Knows Enter­tain­ment web site, May 19, 2014; http://goo.gl/LutIwH.

Gicas, P., “Ken­neth ‘Baby­face’ Edmonds Engaged to Long­time Girl­friend Nicole Pan­ten­burg,” E! News web site, Feb­ru­ary 11, 2014; http://goo.gl/Jl0tBo.

Waugh, H., “Ken­neth ‘Baby­face’ Edmonds mar­ries long­time girl­friend Nicole Pan­ten­berg in front of famous friends includ­ing Oprah Win­frey,” Daily Mail web site, May 19, 2014; http://goo.gl/fbLkr4.

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