Is Jon Batiste married? Meet Grammy nominee's partner Suleika Jaouad

Yasmine Leung November 24, 2021
Is Jon Batiste married? Meet Grammy nominee’s partner Suleika Jaouad
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Jon Batiste swept up the Grammy 2022 nominations with a whopping 11 categories and fans are interested to know more about his personal life and whether he’s married.

The Grammy 2022 nominations were announced on 23 November 2021, with Jazz artist Jon Batiste leading with 11 categories including album of the year for We Are.

Doja Cat and H.E.R follow with eight nominations each, while break-out star Olivia Rodrigo racked up seven.

Grammy nominations aren’t foreign to Batiste – he scored one in 2018 and two in 2020 – but this year is undoubtedly his biggest yet.

With so much new media attention, music fans are keen to learn more about his private life.

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Is Jon Batiste married?

No, the 35-year-old musician isn’t married, although he has been in a long-term relationship with journalist and author Suleika Jaouad.

They met at band camp in 2001 and started dating soon after, meaning they’ve been together for 20 years.

The couple have been spotted together at events, including Grammys 2018 and Oscars 2021.

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Meet Suleika Jaouad

Jaouad was born 5 July 1988 in New York City. Her father is Tunisian while her mother, Anne Francey, is a Swiss artist.

She is an Arab-American author, journalist and motivational speaker.

After attending Julliard’s pre-college programme for the double bass, she studied near eastern studies at the prestigious Princeton University and earned a Masters in writing and literature from Bennington College, Vermont.

The journalist has gone on to publish a book, Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir Of A Life Interrupted, but is best known as author of Emmy-winning column Life, Interrupted for the New York Times.

Both projects trace her journey from diagnosis to treatment to remission of leukaemia. The 33-year-old was diagnosed at age 22 and underwent three years of chemotherapy, a clinical trial and a bone marrow transplant.

At the time, doctors reportedly claimed she only had a 35% chance of survival. Since then, she’s travelled around the US speaking about her illness and appeared in a TED Talk in 2019.

When the pandemic began, Jaouad launched Isolation Journals – a platform for creatives to share their work during lock-down.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.