DaBrat Weds Longtime Partner, Becomes 1st Queer Rapper To Marry

Da Brat tied the knot with her fiance Jesseca “Judy” Dupart on the monumental 2/2/22 palindrome date, becoming the first queer female, rap artist to be married.

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Da Brat Ties The Knot

This past Tuesday, 2/22/22, rap legend Da Brat married her fiance, Jesseca “Judy” Dupart, at a wedding ceremony held at the Horse Mansion in Fairburn, Georgia. The event would mark a pivotal moment in their relationship and a historical milestone in Hip-Hop as she became the first out queer rapper to marry.

Only one hundred guests were in attendance for the event. So So Def CEO and producer Jermaine Dupri walked Da Brat down the aisle.  The couple looked stunning with DaBrat in a formal white suit and Dupart in a gorgeous flowing white gown.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, the platinum hip-hop artist talked about the many preparations involved and the “many decisions to make” before heading to the altar. She remarked how much she is looking forward to being able to call Dupart, 40, her “wife” and how much the commitment means to her.

“Everything about her made me want her to be mine forever and I felt like I knew it not much longer than from the day we met,” gushed DaBrat.

Choosing to get married on Tuesday, February, 22, 2022, was not a coincidence either according to Brat, who explained the significance behind the “once in a lifetime” date.

Brat, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, told PEOPLE, “We’ve been calling each other twin flames for a while. So this date, 2/22/22, is a significant event. We just didn’t want to miss it because it comes once in a lifetime. It’s relevant. It’s just real significant to our relationship. It signifies angel numbers, and it also is reminiscent of twin flames.”

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DaBrat Becomes 1st Queer Rapper To Wed

Da Brat came out as a lesbian in March 2020 and only did so after spending years reflecting in the shadows. She stated that she “always felt like being private is the better way to go,” but decided to share publicly since her Dupart openly shared her life on social media. 

Because of homophobia and misogyny prevalent in Hip-Hop culture, queer figures are just now coming into the light after years in hiding.  Today, the younger generation of rappers, most notably Lil Nas X, have led the charge with representation from the LGBTQ community.  

Da Brat’s nuptials could open the gates for more older gay and queer black figures in the Hip-hop industry and broaden the horizons of representation.