Usher and girlfriend Jennifer Goicoechea didn't compete in the Super Bowl this weekend, but they managed to earn a different pair of rings.
The R&B star and the music executive tied the knot Sunday, according to the Clark County Clerk's Office database. A representative for Usher confirmed to The Times on Monday that the duo married Sunday night after the "Yeah!" singer's flashy Super Bowl LVIII halftime takeover. They were "surrounded by close friends and family," the representative said in a statement.
"They both look forward to continuing to raise their children together surrounded by love and thank everyone for the well wishes," the statement continued.
The pair wed just days after they filed for and obtained their marriage license in Las Vegas on Thursday, The Times confirmed.
Usher, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV, married Goicoechea nearly six years after sparking romance rumors. Speculation began in 2018 when Goicoechea, now 40, posted an Instagram photo of herself with a group of men, including Usher, 45. "Boys club," she captioned the pic.
The duo were spotted together again in 2019 and welcomed their first child, Sovereign Bo Raymond, in August 2020, Us Weekly reported. In May 2021, Usher revealed that Goicoechea had a second child on the way . Baby boy Sire Castrello Raymond was born that September.
In addition to Sovereign and Sire, the R&B star shares sons Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely with fashion designer Tameka Foster, to whom he was married from 2007 to 2009. Usher was also previously married to writer Grace Harry from 2015 to 2018.
News about the nuptials broke after Usher's dazzling Super Bowl LVIII halftime performance at Vegas' Allegiant Stadium. Usher — who had spent more than a year and a half serenading celebrity fans during his 100-date residency at the Park MGM resort — offered audiences a rundown of his most popular hits, including "Caught Up," "My Boo" and “Love in This Club.”
Joining the Grammy winner for his circus-roller-skate-pop-and-lock spectacular were Alicia Keys, Will.i.am, Ludacris, Lil Jon, H.E.R. and Jermaine Dupri.
Between preparing to tie the knot and headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, Usher has been hard at work this month. His ninth studio album, "Coming Home," dropped Friday. Days before, he announced his Past, Present Future tour, which will kick off Aug. 16 in Atlanta. He comes to Inglewood's Intuit Dome on Sept. 21, with additional shows on Sept. 22, 24 and 25.
For years, romance has been at the forefront of Usher's music, and this new chapter isn't any different, he told The Times earlier this year.
“Who the hell said that romance is old-fashioned? There is no way you can tell me we live in a world where we don’t want to take our time and slow down to be romantic with each other,” Usher said. “If you have free time, how much are you choosing to spend it with someone, and are they even capable of being romantic? I think those songs of our past help us understand how to be men who could be romantic with women.”
Months before his big show, Usher told People about his relationship with Goicoechea, praising her as "an amazing partner, [and] a support system." He touted their "amazing dynamic" and her ability to communicate with their kids.
"I'm very happy, very fortunate to have an incredible friend, not just a partner," he said. "She's my best friend, and I love her."
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.