Imagine going on double dates with Beyoncé and Jay-Z. For Kelly Rowland and husband Tim Witherspoon, it's their reality. The former Destiny's Child singer and her better half have been married for over six years, making it official with an intimate ceremony in Costa Rica on May 9, 2014. According to Us Weekly, Bey's younger sister Solange was also present for the "quick, simple" affair.
Later that year, the pair welcomed son, Titan Jewell Witherspoon on November 4, per a People report and Rowland recently announced she is pregnant with their second child. Prior to being linked with Rowland, Witherspoon was a relatively unknown person. As the Us Weekly article suggests, he was previously her manager. The 39-year-old actress has neither confirmed nor denied those speculations.
Over the last several years, Rowland has shared intimate and interesting details about their relationship, including how they overcome adversity. Read on to find out more about the couple, including the unconventional way Witherspoon proposed.
1. It was love at first sight for Witherspoon
While promoting her film Love by the 10th Date in 2017, Rowland shared details of her and Witherspoon's first date, revealing that she knew she wanted to marry him by their third meeting. For Witherspoon, it was much earlier.
"He said he knew [he was in love] by the first date," she said, via ABC News. "I knew the third date. I was like, 'Oh my God!' I got nervous — to be completely honest — because I was like, this feels like my husband."
2. Witherspoon proposed over Skype
Reports swirled in November 2013 the pair had recently gotten engaged, but Rowland confirmed the news herself as a guest on "The Queen Latifah Show" the following month. The "Dilemma" songstress also disclosed how Witherspoon proposed.
"It's been a while," Rowland gushed to Latifah. "We've kept it very, very low — for years, to be completely honest."
"He asked me first on Skype," she explained, "and I was like, 'We're so far away from each other.'"
"There's nothing like getting engaged in Bulgaria," Latifah responded in makeshift Slavic accent. "It's the happiest thing that happened in Bulgaria that day."
"Exactly," Rowland continued. "But it was so late, I remember we were both just kinda like, honestly, just staring at each other. And he asked me, and it was just that simple to say yes. I was like, 'I got my best friend to ride through life with.' He really is my best friend."
3. The secret to wedded bliss? 'Remember you're not perfect,' Rowland says.
Speaking with British publication Red in July, Rowland also added communication is key.
The "Coffee" crooner remembered, "He would say my most annoying habit is when I clean up and toss things out that he wanted to keep.' Or I buy furniture and say, 'Doesn't this look great in here?' And he says: 'Well I would've loved an opinion!'
"I remember Tim saying, 'Look, sister, we gon' ride this thing 'til the wheels come off.' As long as both of us don't get tired – if one of us gets tired we're good."
4. The two attend couple's therapy
Marriage undeniably comes with its struggles, especially given the circumstances of this year. According to The Knot, the parents of five-year-old son Titan visit a marriage counselor on a weekly basis.
"If I wasn't taking the time to get to know myself better in this crisis, we would be struggling," Rowland admitted. "We go to therapy every week and we're so proud of it. It's just to keep the relationship and the space of communication open, [so we're] ready for each other. I have a husband who supports me and is there for me and loves me and I'm the same for him. I met my best friend. There's nothing that we can't talk about."
5. Her idea of 'happily ever after' has also drastically matured
In that same interview with The Knot, Rowland confessed that prior to marrying Witherspoon, she knew divorce was also a possibility. More than half a decade later, she now understands the only option is forever.
"Before I was married, I was like, 'Well, if it doesn't work, you just get a divorce,'" the Atlanta-born songwriter said. "[But now,] that's not an option for me. That's not an option for me because I know I have a good man. I know I have someone that loves me unconditionally, and we're gonna sort this thing out, we're gonna figure it out. Above anything, we've got faith and we've got each other. Marriage means a lot to me. It's something that I hold very sacred."
Nearly six years, one son, a baby on the way, and many memories later, seems like Rowland and Witherspoon's union only gets better with age.