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Usher kept his wedding plans a secret from his Super Bowl halftime collaborators.
The 45-year-old pop star married his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Goicoechea, on Super Bowl Sunday (24/11), while they were in Las Vegas for his performance at the big game and Lil Jon – who shared the stage with he – admitted that the singer kept his plans completely secret.
Lil Jon told Etonline.com: “He didn't tell us anything. But I saw [the wedding news] in the press, of course. But no, I was going to give him a break and call him and just congratulate him, like he worked hard for this.”
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am – who also performed with Usher during the game – also had no idea about the wedding. He told the outlet, “Man, I didn't even know that! Congratulations, bro. I never knew that. That's amazing, I'm so proud of him.”
A spokesperson for Usher confirmed that the wedding took place on Sunday night, telling People: “We can confirm that Usher and Jennifer Goicoechea took the next step in their relationship and were married on Sunday night in Las Vegas, surrounded by close friends. and family members.
“They both look forward to continuing to raise their children together, surrounded by love, and thank everyone for the well wishes.
The ceremony took place in an outdoor chapel called Vegas Weddings' Terrace Gazebo, which seats 30 guests and Usher's mother, Jonetta Patton, served as the couple's witness.
After the Super Bowl, the couple was photographed wearing all-white outfits and Usher wore a gold band on his wedding finger.
Usher has been dating music executive Jennifer since October 2018 and they are parents to daughter Sovereign, who was born in 2020, and son, who arrived in 2021.
He was previously married to Tameka Foster – mother of his children Usher 'Cinco' Raymond V, 16, and Navid Ely, 15 – from 2007 to 2009.
Ahead of his Super Bowl performance, Usher opened up about his relationship telling PEOPLE, “Listen, when you find someone who you know is a great partner, of course it's an honor and a pleasure to be able to share life with someone who wants to share with you and love you, who you are.
“Obviously, we made a commitment to live together for the sake of our children. It wouldn't be strange for us to get married. We've already done it here.
“And we'll be in each other's lives until we die, obviously, because we have something to share. That's beautiful. Our kids. But not because of that. I really feel like I have an amazing partner that I respect.”