Famous Women Who Found Love After 40

MC Lyte just tied the knot for the first time at 46. See other fabulous women who said "I do" later in life.

Jolie A. Doggett Apr, 13, 2015

Solé said “I do” for the second time at 44. MC Lyte became a first time bride at 46. Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles tied the knot again at 61. Both women’s nuptials serve as just another reminder that you can’t believe everything you read: Black women over 40 do get married (and some remarried!) Here are nine other women who also learned that true love can come later in life.

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Rapper Solé took her second trip down the aisle to marry Porfessor Griff of Public Enemy. Previously, the star known for her song, "4, 5, 6" was married to R&B singer Ginuwine, who gave the couple his blessing when a rude fan criticized her new relationship. We're happy to see that Solé has found the love that will make her happy forever and always!

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In August 2017, MC Lyte became a wife for the first time when she married the love of her life, Marine Corp veteran John Wyche. The couple met online and as Lyte put it best when sharing her first wedding photos with ESSENCE: "“I got my king.” Aww!

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Beyonce shared this lovely wedding photo of her mom Tina Knowles, 61, and her longtime love Richard Lawson, 67, who tied the knot in Newport Beach, California in April 2015. The couple exchanged vows on a 140-ft yacht, reports the Daily News. The Carters and daughter Blue Ivy were in attendance.

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In 2014, Living Single star Kim Coles announced via Facebook that she was happily engaged to a wonderful man named Reggie Mckiver. She took advantage of the moment to speak out against one of the most common stereotypes about Black woman and love: "I am 53 years old and we are not supposed to get married after what 20, 25, 30 maybe? Yeah… that’s not true," she wrote. "I’ve never thought any of those rules applied to me and those rules don’t apply to you either.” The couple tied the knot in front of the cameras in August 2015.

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Gabrielle Union was 42 when she married NBA star Dwayne Wade in 2014. Next on her to-do list: have some babies! “I think my brain and my heart are screaming baby fever. My ovaries, however, they’re coughing up dust,” she told Uptown Magazine. "Yes, it’s in my heart and my mind, and we’ll see if my body catches up with that.” 

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Forty one-years-old and divorced with three kids, Niecy Nash became engaged to Jay Tucker in 2010. They were married in May 2011. Now, the Claws has her own book, It's Hard to Fight Naked, about keeping things hot in your relationship.

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After two years of dating, 50-year-old Vanessa Williams got engaged to Jim Skrip in 2014. The couple tied the knot in 2015 and then again in 2016, just because.

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Nene Leakes gave love a second chance at age 46 when she remarried her ex-husband Gregg in a TV special, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. We loved to see these two work it out and make their marriage last.

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Sassy co-host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show Shirley Strawberry took a chance on love when she was set up on a date with Ernesto Williams in 2013. A little over a year later, she was walking down the aisle. 

Check out her feature in the April 2015 issue of ESSENCE Magazine!