Did Stevie J & Faith Evans Really Get Married in Las Vegas?

Are Stevie J and Faith Evans REALLY married? That’s the question on the minds of many after TMZ reported yesterday that the couple applied for a marriage license on Tuesday (Jul. 17) just hours before they tied the knot in a secret “quickie wedding” in Las Vegas.

Several attendees at the top-secret ceremony confirmed the news to TMZ that Stevie and Faith exchanged “I Do’s” in their Vegas hotel room around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, about four hours after Faith called in a local minister to ask him if he was available to do a wedding at Trump Hotel ASAP.

Because folks like receipts when it comes to stuff like this, TMZ also published a photo of the supposed newlyweds outside of a courthouse in Las Vegas after obtaining their marriage license.

TMZ reported:

The ceremony was performed in the living room of their hotel suite with Faith and Stevie overlooking the Vegas strip. Sources close to the couple tell us they held hands and teared up while “Ave Maria” played on a portable speaker.

We’re told the “Gypsy Minister” — whose services cost a couple hundred bucks — had no idea she was marrying off celebs. She even asked Faith if she was a model or an actress. Faith politely said she’s a singer … to which the minister said, “Me too!”

Apparently, after tying the knot, the couple exchanged tweets affirming their love for one another. Stevie tweeted “I love you Faith Renee Jordan” and Evans tweeted back, “I love you back Steven Aaron Jordan.”

The reports have fans scratching their heads because while Stevie and Faith have dated in the past, them getting hitched seems to be a bit … strange. If they are, indeed, married, as the multiple reports suggest, this is Stevie’s first marriage and Faith’s third. She has previously been married to Todd Russaw and the Notorious B.I.G.

Though Stevie has never been married, he currently has six children and a grandchild. His sixth child, his daughter with his former Love & Hip Hop Atlanta co-star Joseline Hernandez, is barely two years old.

News of their marriage also comes immediately following the release of a sneak peek of the video for their collaboration “A Minute,” which also has fans wondering if this is all a publicity stunt for reality TV and to promote their new song and video, which will both be released “EVERYWHERE on July 27th,” according to this tweet from Faith:

Stevie J and Faith Evans have known each other for a while, since the 90’s to be exact, when Stevie was a producer for Evans’ then-husband, the Notorious B.I.G. Stevie and Faith started dating in 2016 after working together in the studio, but broke up for a brief period.

“I’ve known her for like 25 years,” he told The Breakfast Club in December 2016. “We was like family and then as years progressed, we just began to hang out more [and] talk more.”

A few months later, in her own interview with The Breakfast Club in March 2017, Evans said of the romance, “I never took Stevie serious, actually.”

She continued, “I think probably in the last 10 years, I would say, is he trying to flirt? Lets go. But I never saw him like that. I have always had plenty of male friends. Never dated any of them. I was just really cool like that. I think I really should have been a boy or something. But I’m just cool with dudes. I would check on him, just hear if he was going through stuff and find out how to get in touch with him….[I was] Just really sincerely his friend.”

Faith explained that when she and Stevie finally got together, she told him the relationship had to be serious, or else it would be nothing at all. She said, “You know, I’m like, ‘you know I’m not about all the craziness. If I’m going to be in a relationship, it’s gotta be a serious one. You know?’ And I think probably for a few months he definitely went through the convincing and not getting a real response. You know, just, even though I was brushing him off, [he was] like, ‘no for real I really wanna be with you, I love you.’ And I’m like, ‘I love you too, but I don’t know if I wanna be with you.’ You know what I’m saying?”

In April 2018, Stevie and Faith rekindled their romance when Stevie attended a party Faith was throwing, and the whole thing was documented on Stevie’s VH1 reality show Leave it to Stevie. “Faith is beautiful,” Stevie said on his show. “When I’m around her, I feel like I’m the best version of myself.”

Stevie said to Faith: “If I’m being honest, I did some things I shouldn’t have done.” Evans replied: “You know we are always solid.”

“I want to be tighter than solid, you know what I’m saying?” Stevie J said. “I never speak to you anymore.” Stevie then got on one knee, as if he were proposing to her. “I know what I need to do,” he said, and Evans laughed back, “Where’s the drinks?”

A few months later, it looks like Stevie J made good on the joke he made to Evans. And now, friends and family of the “newlyweds” aren’t too pleased that they got married in a secret ceremony.

According to TMZ, family sources on both sides said they were never given a heads-up that a marriage between the two was even a possibility. The person who’s most upset? Faith’s 21-year-old son CJ Wallace—her child with Biggie Smalls.

We’re told there was never talk — not a hint — of a wedding. Faith was scheduled to be in L.A. getting ready for a London trip, and Stevie was just in Atlanta for ‘Love & Hip Hop’ … so the Vegas rendezvous that ended in “I do” floored everyone.

Our sources say there are a lot of hurt feelings among those close to the couple … especially their kids. We’re told Faith’s son, CJ Wallace — her child with Biggie Smalls — is especially upset … because he’s also Stevie’s godson.

Family sources on Faith’s side tell us … Faith told them Stevie J went to her Tuesday and told her they needed to get married that day. The sources think Stevie J knew if Faith started telling friends and family she was marrying him, they would talk her out of it.

And, get this … friends and family members were blowing up Faith’s phone Wednesday, asking her why she did it. She responded by sending them a song she just recorded with Stevie J called, “A Minute” with the explanation … it only took a minute to fall in love.

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Fast Facts About Anthony Bourdain’s First Wife

4Due to Anthony’s extensive travels, he and Nancy divorced after 20 years of marriage, and Anthony became suicidal after the split.

Anthony Bourdain and Nancy Putkoski were very close throughout their marriage. They were so close, in fact, that despite his busy travel schedule, he would often write her long emails.

One time, according to the New Yorker, after passing out after taking medicine for an illness and drinking alcohol on an empty stomach, he woke up emotionally shaken, and he went back to his villa to write a long email to Nancy to help clear his head.

When asked about what he wrote, he told the New Yorker:

“The sort of thing you write if you, you know, thought you were going to die. ‘I’m f**king sorry. I’m sure I’ve acted like I wasn’t.’ We’ve had very little contact—you know, civil, but very, very little. ‘I’m sorry. I know that doesn’t help. It won’t fix it, there’s no making amends. But it’s not like I don’t remember. It’s not like I don’t know what I’ve done.’”

But, ultimately, Anthony’s extensive travel schedule took too much of a toll on their marriage, and they divorced after 20 years.

His marriage to Putkoski was his longest relationship. His marriage with Ottavia Busia, from 2007 to 2016, only lasted 9 years, and they said they split because of how much he had to travel for his career, which was the same reason why he and Putkoski broke up.

Bourdain told Daily Life that, like most couples, he and Putkoski had good times and bad times. “I spent almost two years traveling and filming ‘A Cook’s Tour’ and, as a result, my marriage fell apart,” he said.

He did try to save his first marriage though. According to the New Yorker, he remodeled their apartment, but they still failed to establish a travel schedule to accommodate both parties. He wanted to travel the world and she simply wanted to take a vacation once a year, so, ultimately, they divorced citing distance as the driving force.

After their split, Bourdain said he coped by self-medicating and behaving “in a completely irresponsible and suicide way.” He said, “I didn’t value my own life and acted accordingly. I had put myself in a very dark place and behaved recklessly in the not-too-subconscious hope that something terrible would happen. I was doing everything possible—smoking pot, drink-driving—to invite that.”

He said divorce was the worst thing in the world for him, even though it was pretty amicable and wasn’t contentious or long and drawn out like some divorces. “It’s just a terrible thing when a relationship that great ends,” he said.

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Ottavia Busia, Anthony Bourdain’s Ex-Wife: Fast Facts & Photos

Celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain died Friday (Jun. 8) of an apparent suicide at the age of 61. The “Parts Unknown” had hanged himself and was found unresponsive in a hotel room in France by his friend, chef Eric Ripert. Bourdain was in France shooting his CNN show “Parts Unknown” when he killed himself.

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In addition to his legion of fans who are now mourning his loss, Bourdain is also survived by a family who loved him dearly, including his ex-wife Ottavia Busia and daughter Ariane.

The Bourdain family pictured in 2010

The pair married on April 20th, 2007, a little over a week after Busia gave birth to their now 11-year-old daughter Ariane. The couple announced their split in 2016, citing Bourdain’s demanding work and travel schedule for making their relationship impossible. Busia said in a statement to Page Six at the time, “Because of professional decisions we both have made, my husband and I have been for years in an unconventional relationship. Nothing has changed. We love each other. We respect the decisions the other has made. And we’ll always consider ourselves a family.”

Here’s what you need to know about Anthony Bourdain’s second ex-wife Ottavia Busia.

Ottavia Busia grew up in a small town in Italy and moved to the U.S. as a groupie with an Irish rock band.

In a 2012 interview with the New York Times, Ottavia Busia said that she grew up in a small town in the northern part of Italy. She said she was studying to be a dentist, but all of that changed in 2000 when Busia moved to the United States to follow an Irish rock band.

On music, Busia said her gym playlist was “pretty eclectic” and contained artists such as the Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Perl Jam and others.

Ottavia and Anthony were introduced by Anthony’s good friend, chef Eric Ripert.

In her interview with the Times, Busia said that her first job was a waitress in a pizzeria in Italy, and after moving to the U.S. she worked various restaurant jobs in New York City before becoming the general manager of a sushi restaurant called Geisha.

The restaurant’s consulting chef was Bourdain’s friend Eric Ripert—the man who would in later years find the CNN star dead. Ripert thought that Bourdain and Busia would hit it off so he introduced them to each other. Ripert told the Times, “It was what we call in French a coup de foudre,” which means love at first sight. And it certainly was, considering the pair got matching chef’s knife tattoos after “a few dates,” the NY Times reported.

Bourdain said in an interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine that he fell in love with Busia while watching her devour a six-pound lobster. He also talked about how the couple had their first date in a cigar bar.

Busia told Married to a Chef that the restaurant business was what brought her and Bourdain together. She said that they would often meet after her shift and drink beers for hours on end while discussing the business. Busia said, “Anybody else would have been bored to death, or horrified, but for him it was enjoyable and it would bring back memories his days in the business.”

Busia said in her interview that Bourdain didn’t cook for her at home. When she was asked what the best part of being the spouse of a chef was, she answered, “Not the food!” She said, “My husband doesn’t cook at home, although if you ask him he’ll tell you I don’t let him, or that I don’t appreciate his cooking, which might or might not be true.”

Ottavia said that the biggest strain on her relationship with Anthony was his demanding work schedule.

Ottavia Busia said in a 2010 interview with the Miami New Times that the hardest part of her marriage to Anthony Bourdain was his constant traveling schedule for work. Busia joked that it had been her “childhood ambition to marry Anthony Bourdain.”

Busia said a perfect day for her would be drinking daiquiris with her husband while their daughter is “splashing around in the sea.” She added that her ideal date would be “a weekend room at #55 at the Chateau Marmont.”

Busia also revealed how her husband’s increasing fame impacted their lives.

“When I first met my husband he wasn’t particularly famous, he was recognized in certain circles but people wouldn’t stop him in the street. His level of popularity has now definitely increased, he has written more books, he does speaking engagements, and his shows are broadcast all over the world,” she said.

“I have to admit at first, when people started asking for pictures or autographs pretty much everywhere, it was a little unsettling, now I’m the one who offers to take the picture if someone approaches him,” she added. “I completely support everything he wants to do, whether it’s traveling to Libya, bungee jumping or writing a comic book.”

Expanding on her feelings regarding Bourdain’s demanding work schedule, Busia said, “I remember once waking up in the middle of the night terrified because someone was in my bed. That someone was my husband, I had just forgotten that he was home.”

Thanks to Busia’s MMA passion, Bourdain wrote in a 2013 Vice article: “Date night is pretty much going to a fight. In between we watch tapes of guys wrestling each other. Romantic? Not.”

Ottavia Busia is an MMA fighter, and she said Bourdain would often joke, “I married Sophia Loren and ended up with Jean Claude Van Damme.”

Ottavia Busia is a trained MMA fighter and she specialized in the art of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. She wrote in an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter about her love of MMA in 2016. Busia mentioned in her essay that Bourdain would often joke that he “married Sophia Loren and ended up with Jean-Claude Van Damme.”

She explained how she became interested in the sport, writing:

I began kickboxing on the Upper East Side shortly after the birth of my daughter nine years ago. The gyms and locker rooms there smelled of fresh blowouts and nail polish.

Like me, most of the other women were there to “get their body back” after pregnancy or to learn self-defense. But even after I had “gotten my body back” and finished the self-defense classes, I found myself wanting more. I was hooked.

When I decide I like something, I go in all the way. And what I really liked was hitting my instructors. So they told me I should train in jujitsu.

About Anthony’s Sophia Loren joke, Busia shared:

“There’s something to that. I’m not the same person. I’m hard now, physically and mentally. The confidence I gained is something I’m proud to share with my daughter, who, like me, has been training jujitsu for some time.”

Busia says her MMA training diet consists of “mostly meat and cheese, with the occasional donut.”

Ottavia Busia explained her MMA training diet in an interview with the Jiujitsu Times. She said that her diet is “definitely not hard to maintain” considering it’s “mostly meat and cheese with the occasional donut.” But she did note that her diet not work for everyone because she trains around 20 times per week.

On Busia’s discipline, Bourdain said, “I’m not like Ottavia, who’s doing this three or four hours a day, or my daughter who goes five to six hours a week. … It’s a family affair, a togetherness thing. I’m liking it, but I’m trying to be reasonable about it. My wife is serious about it. She’s a competitor. I’m not. I’m a dilettante.”

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