Interestingly, the musician has never hidden the fact that he is in a loving relationship with Suleika but that is not enough to finally bury the speculations.
Who is Jon Batiste
The musician was born Jonathan Michael Batiste on November 11, 1986, in Metairie, Louisiana, the U.S. From a line of famous musicians, he was born to Michael Batiste who was also a musician alongside all his siblings.
Since all his uncles were Jazz Musicians, music became a natural thing for Jon since he was a child. He revealed that many of his cousins are also Jazz Musicians.
Growing up in Kenner, Louisiana, Jon was already playing percussion and drums in his family band. When he was 11, he decided to start learning and playing the piano after his mother advised him. When he was 17, he released his first album, Times in New Orleans. He went on to release more albums including the following:
- Jazz Is Now (2013)
- Social Music (2013)
- The Process (2014)
- Christmas with Jon Batiste (2016)
- Hollywood Africans (2018)
- Meditations (2020)
- We Are (2021)
As regards his education he attended the award-winning musician went to St. Augustine High School and from there, he proceeded to New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He also went to Juilliard School, from where he got a Bachelor of Music and also a Master of Music in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
With a musical career that is amazing, he has been part of a member of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s in-house band since 2015 together with Stay Human. He has won many awards in his career thus far including the Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and Golden Globes among others. Also, he has two Grammy nominations to his name.
Is He Really Dating Suleika Jaouad?
One aspect of his life that he has not hidden but still remains unclear to many is his love life. Nonetheless, he has since made it clear that he is in a relationship with Suleika Jaouad. Interestingly, it is reported that the two have been dating for more than 10 years now.
The first time they met was said to be somewhere around the mid-2000s at a band camp. They got close and became friends before they later started dating.
Even though Suleika Jaouad is sometimes described as Jon Batiste’s wife, it is known that they are still not yer married even though they have been together for many years. More so, there is still no news of either an engagement or marriage at sight. They do not have any kids together at the moment.
There is no denying the fact that the two are very much in love many years after they started dating as they continue to share photos of each other on their social media handles.
Who Is She?
Suleika Jaouad may not be as famous as Jon, but she is also an important personality. She is a media personality, writer, advocate, and motivational speaker who has a column with New York Times and she has also written for many big magazines including Vogue and Glamour. She has a passion for issues relating to women and gender equality.
Suleika was born on July 5, 1988, in New York City, U.S. which is also where she was brought up. She is of African descent as while her mother is from Switzerland, her father is from Tunisia. She got her education from Princeton University before traveling to North Africa to further her education in Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt.
In 2020, she published her first book, Between Two Kingdoms.
Suleika Jaouad Is A Cancer Survivor
When she was 22 years old, Suleika was diagnosed with Cancer. Although it took a toll on her, both physically and emotionally, she had the better side of it after undergoing a successful marrow transplant surgery in 2012.
She was told by doctors at the time that she only had a 35% chance of surviving the diagnosis. However, with a strong will and the support of her boyfriend, she came out atop.
Why Do People Believe He Is Gay?
Many people have come to speculate that the musician was gay. While the exact reason why people think this is not known, it seems to be one of those speculations that refuse to be buried even though it is clear that he is in a loving relationship.