Suleika Jaouad and Jon Batiste, who met over 20 years ago, are longtime partners with successful careers in writing and music.

Suleika has an Emmy for her column, and Jon has a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Who is Jon Batiste’s wife Suleika Jaouad?

Suleika Jaouad was born in New York City on July 5, 1988.

Suleika studied double bass in the Julliard School’s pre-college program.

In 2010, she graduated with honors from Princeton University, where she majored in Near Eastern Studies and minored in Gender Studies and French.

During her time at Princeton, the now-33-year-old worked on several human rights campaigns and studied in Africa.

Suleika furthered her education by earning a Master’s degree in Writing and Literature from Bennington College.

Suleika was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 22.

While in her hospital room at Sloan-Kettering in upper Manhattan, she began writing a column for the New York Times called Life, Interrupted.

Suleika has served on Barack Obama’s Presidential Cancer Panel, the national advisory boards of Family Reach, the Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation, and the Arts & Letters Committee of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Suleika’s writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, NPR, and Women’s Health, in addition to her column.

She was an Anacapa Scholar in Residence at the Thacher School and a lecturer in Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Program.

Suleika’s TED Talk titled “What Almost Dying Taught Me About Living” was released in 2019.

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted was published the following year.

When did Suleika Jaouad and Jon Batiste meet?

Suleika Jaouad and Jon Batiste met as teenagers at band camp.

According to an Instagram photo posted on Suleika’s profile, she was 13 and he was 14.

“Over the last two decades, [Jon] has taught me more about the creative process than any craft book or fancy degree,” she captioned the post.

Jon opened up to People about his time with Suleika during the initial Covid-19 quarantine in 2020.

“Obviously, there has been so much loss that we have faced both individually and collectively, but I find that this time has also been a blessing in that it gives us a break to be with each other,” he said at the time.

When did the pair get married?

The Grammy-winning musician and best-selling author revealed to CBS Sunday Morning that they secretly married in February 2022, shortly after Suleika was diagnosed with leukemia for the second time.

“We knew we wanted to get married from the first week we started dating, I believe. That’s when Jon first broached the subject of marriage with me. So we’ve been together for eight years. This isn’t a hasty decision, you know!” Suleika told reporter Jim Axelrod.

Who is Jon Batiste?

Jon Batiste, 35, was born on November 11, 1986, in Louisiana and grew up there.

The Batiste family has established itself as a musical dynasty in New Orleans, and Jon has been playing a variety of instruments since he was a child.

Jon released his debut album, Times in New Orleans, when he was 17 years old.

He went on to study at the Julliard School, where he earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies.

The talented musician has gone on to perform with a number of well-known celebrities, including Prince and Stevie Wonder.

Jon and Stay Human have appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since 2015.

He co-wrote the entire score for the Pixar film Soul, is the music director of The Atlantic, and the Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Jon has received 14 Grammy nominations in his career.


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