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Jack White's surprise proposal turns into onstage marriage ceremony in Detroit - cheesy or no?

By The Big Magazine


Musician Jack White popped the question to girlfriend Olivia Jean during a duet of "Hotel Yorba," in front of the sold-out crowd then married onstage at a homecoming concert in Detroit.

Jack White invited Olivia Jean onstage before asking her to marry him at a Detroit concert - Photo via @officialjackwhite Instgram

The Detroit-born singer, songwriter and producer invited Jean onstage to join his performance and introduced her as his girlfriend.


White, 46, in a grand public gesture asked her to marry him during a rendition of song Hotel Yorba and right before the lyric “Let’s get married”.



Jean, 32, a fellow Detroit native, teared up and said yes, the Detroit Free Press reported. White then carried her offstage.


The two re-emerged for an encore and married in an onstage ceremony officiated by Ben Swank, a co-founder of White’s record label.


Jean is part of the label’s garage goth rock band Black Belles, which is on hiatus, and is also signed by the label as a solo artist. According to Rolling Stone, Jack met fellow Detroit native Olivia in 2009 after she sent him a demo of her recordings.


The impromptu proposal and wedding capped off a big day for the recording artist as earlier he had released his fourth solo studio album Fear of the Dawn and performed the National Anthem at the Detroit Tigers Opening Day game at Comerica Park.


Jack was previously married to British supermodel Karen Elson from 2005 to 2013 and his former bandmate Meg White from 1996 to 2000.He shares daughter Scarlet Teresa, 15, and son Henry Lee, 14, with Karen, 43.


He invited her to his Third Man Records studio and later introduced her to the musicians that she would eventually team up with to form the goth band The Black Belles.


The band went on hiatus in 2012 and Olivia went on to pursue a solo career.


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