Congratulations are in order for North Carolina rapper, J. Cole. Director Ryan Coogler accidentally revealed that Cole is a married man during a live interview celebrating Martin Luther King Day in New York City. During that change, the director asked Cole how married life had changed him.
Cole immediately began blushing. “I never interviewed someone before, my bad,” Coogler said while both men broke into a nervous laugh. “That was like one thing to not do,” J. Cole said. “But it’s all good…They know now,” the rapper responded.
— Only Hip Hop Facts (@OnlyHipHopFacts) January 19, 2016
While Cole has not confirmed the identity of his bride, HipHollywood has been told the Dreamville artist wed his longtime girlfriend, Melissa Heholt. The two met in 2003 while attending St. John’s University. Heholt, who works as a wedding planner in New York City, does not have a public Instagram or Twitter account.
During a previous interview, Cole shared that he didn’t see the difference between being married versus simply being in a relationship. “In my experience, when you’ve been in a relationship for as long as I’ve been in one, there’s no real difference. It’s just a piece of paper that validates what was already real. In marriage you got to go through the same struggles as a relationship, that’s if the relationship is real, because there’s a lot of non-real relationships going on in the world right now. And I think that’s just because of the day and age we’re in, a lot of these relationships are taking place over text messages, it’s not real substance. But when you got a real one, it’s already like a marriage.”