Music legend Stevie Wonder finally married Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, the mother of his eighth and ninth child. The 42-year-old Bracy and the 67-year-old Wonder tied the knot at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles last weekend.
Wonder has been married twice before. He was married to fellow Motown artist Syreeta Wright from 1970 to 1972 and fashion designer Kai Millard from 2001 to 2012. Although Wonder and Millard split in 2009, it wasn’t until 2012 that Wonder filed for divorce.
Wonder was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan and continues to perform. He’s one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century, and his most recent album is 2005’s A Time to Love. In 2013, he told Rolling Stone he was working on three projects, although none have been released.
Here’s what you need to know about Wonder’s marriage and his new wife.
1. Wonder & Bryce Married at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, With John Legend in Attendance
People Magazine reported that the couple married, but Wonder’s representative gave no comment. It was a star-studded event at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, with John Legend in attendance. Babyface also performed.
“It was a beautiful wedding. The ceremony was lavish and very romantic. There were celebrity guests, including John Legend,” a source told People. “Family is very important to Stevie and all of his kids were involved in the wedding.”
The Sun reports that Usher and Pharrell Williams also performed before Wonder got on stage himself.
“Stevie’s musical pals each got up on stage to take turns serenading the couple, much to the delight of the other guests,” a source told The Sun. “Then Stevie got up to sing for his new bride.”
A Daily Mail report in April claimed the couple were going to get married in Jamaica on June 17, 2017.
2. Bracy Is the Mother of Wonder’s Ninth Child, Nia
Back in November 2014, Page Six claimed Bracy was expecting triplets, citing a family source.
However, when Bracy gave birth a month after that report, there was only one baby. Wonder’s representative told Us Weekly that Bracy gave birth to a baby girl named Nia. Wonder’s rep said the baby’s name means purpose, “one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.”
Nia is Wonder’s second child with Bracy. The name of their first child together has not been made public.
Wonder has nine confirmed children with five different women. Wonder’s eldest child is Aisha Morris, whose mother is Yolanda Simmons. He had two sons with his second wife, Morris.
3. Bracy’s 2 Year Old Son Izaiah Died at 2 Years Old After Falling From a Window
Bracy reportedly has two other children from a previous relationship, according to the National Enquirer. The tabloid reports that she has daughters Bri Sche’ Milan and Kenaya Tare’ Fair.
Bracy also had a son, named Iziah. In May 2005, when he was two years old, Iziah died after falling from an open window. Bracy wrote about the tragedy on a blog, where she also posted a handful of other stories about toddlers who died after falling from a window.
“He was not looking out his window, he sat on the floor in front of a huge lion stuffed animal. This was to distract him from ever sitting on the floor level window sill,” Bracy wrote on the site. “Well being a toddler he leaned and rocked backwards talking on his play cell phone and went [throughout] the closed blinds, screened window, and out to the ground two stories below.”
4. Wonder Divorced His Second Wife In 2012 & Was Ordered to Pay $25,000 a Month in Child Support
Wonder’s marriage to Bracy comes five years after his divorce from Kai Millard Morris. The two split in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2012 that Wonder filed for divorce, E! News reported at the time. Morris is the mother of two sons with Wonder, Kailand Morris and Mandla Kadjay Carl Steveland Morris.
Although the couple share custody, People Magazine reported in October 2015 that Wonder pays $25,000 a month in child support. Their sons are now 12 and 16.
“Today Stevland Morris filed for divorce, ending his marriage to Kai Millard Morris. As this is a private and personal matter, he asks that the public and the media kindly respect the privacy of Kai, his children, and family at this time,” Wonder’s representative told E! News in 2012.
5. Wonder’s First Wife, Syreeta Wright, Died in 2004
Wonder’s first wife was singer-songwriter Syetta Wright, a Motown artist who recorded with Wonder, Billy Preston and many others. She released several albums during her career and had a hit with “With You I’m Born Again” with Preston. She co-wrote “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” and “If You Really Love Me.”
Wonder were married from 1970 to 1972 and did not have any children together.
Wright was survived by her four children from another relationship, her sister and her mother.