Gabourey Sidibe reveals she married Brandon Fankel ‘over a year ago’

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Surprise! Gabourey Sidibe is married — and has been for “over a year.”

The actress revealed her secret nuptials on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” Monday while explaining why she “doesn’t like weddings.”

The “Precious” star, 39, said, “Here’s an example of how much I don’t like weddings. I’m actually married. We got married over a year ago.”

Kelly Ripa asked, “Oh, my God, is that the truth? Is this breaking news?”

Fankel, 37, confirmed the announcement by showing his silver wedding band.

“We got married at the kitchen table,” Sidibe told Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. “It was just us.”

Fankel subsequently took to Instagram to celebrate the public reveal, clarifying their nuptials took place in March 2021.

“Relieved we can finally tell the world,” the groom gushed. “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.”

Earlier in the morning show appearance, the Golden Globe nominee described how Fankel proposed to her in November 2020.

“We were going to get our nails done and right before we left the house, the light was on … in one of the guest rooms and I went to turn it off, and there was a big old ‘Will You Marry Me?’ [sign] and rose petals,” Sidibe recalled.

When her partner jokingly accused her of “ruining” the moment by seeing the surprise three hours early, the “American Horror Story” alum told him she had seen photos of the ring on their shared burner phone months prior.

Gabourey Sidibe and Brandon Fankel
The duo got engaged in November 2020.
brandontour/Instagram

The Oscar nominee joked, “He will never cheat on me.”

The pair initially met on a dating app, with Sidibe sharing their engagement news in a 2020 social media post.

Gabourey Sidibe
The husband and wife celebrated the public reveal with cupcakes and flowers.
brandontour/Instagram

“It’s weird that people think we’re already married but I guess our hearts and intentions for each other are just that clear to see,” she wrote at the time.

“My BFF proposed and now I get to hold him forever,” Sidibe continued. “The funniest man I’ve ever met. The sweetest human to exist. Every moment with him is a joy.”

On the first anniversary of his proposal, Fankel called Sidibe his “best friend and soulmate” via Instagram.

“Love you forever and ever @gabby3shabby — can’t wait to have our wedding!” the entrepreneur gushed in November 2021, seven months after their secret wedding. “Corona really is that bitch ❤️.”


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