Patricia Louise Holte is an American R&B singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman who goes by the stage name Patti LaBelle. People often call her the “Godmother of Soul.” With Valentine’s Day coming up in less than a week, Patti is ready to find love again.
LaBelle was asked about her dating life on the “Jennifer Hudson Show” on Wednesday. She said she was very single and ready to date. “What’s my age? 78,” the winner of two Grammys said. “I was married to a wonderful man for 32 years. His name was Armstead Edwards, and we are still good friends. So I think I need to find my own happiness in life, other than what I had with him, which was great.” She added, with a bit of the diva attitude that made her an R&B legend, “But I’m too good to be alone.”
We’ll discuss her ex-husband, their relationship, and their amicable split in this piece. Learn every detail about her private life by reading on.
Meet Patti LaBelle’s Ex-Husband, Armstead Edwards
Armstead Edwards is well-known for being the ex-husband of American singer Patti LaBelle. From 1969 to 2003, he was married to her. Before they got married, he was the soul singer’s manager. He used his skills to help her music get noticed.
Edwards has also been in a few movies and TV shows over the years, including “Out All Night,” “Journeys in Black,” and “The Patti LaBelle Show.” He is also a proud father. During his marriage to the star, they had three children.
LaBelle Proposed to Her Husband To Marry Her
While Armstead was LaBelle’s manager, he and LaBelle fell in love, and over time, he took care of their relationship. Once, the singer talked about how they got married and said that she was the one who popped the question. She said that Edwards had asked her to marry him three times, but she had always said no. She finally took over and asked him to marry her herself.
Armstead was so surprised that he needed some time to think about it. The star got a resounding “yes” three days later. In 1969, LaBelle and Edwards made the decision to get married. At the Justice of the Peace in Maryland, they said their vows. After the ceremony, there was a small party with family and friends.
Know About Patti And Armstead’s Divorce
Before getting divorced, the couple was together for more than 30 years. “We were together for 32 years, but then we realized we couldn’t live together,” Patti said. “Thank God, in 32 years we’ve never fought. We even got along when we didn’t get along. But then we saw that we had to part ways.”
In a later interview, the actress told Oprah Winfrey that she ended her marriage because her personality made it so she couldn’t get along with “anyone for 32 straight years.”
In 2003, they got a divorce, and LaBelle said that it was a friendly breakup. She said that Edwards is still one of her closest friends. The couple has five kids. Their names are Zuri, William, Stayce, Dodd, and Stanley. Zuri is the only child she and her ex had together. The others have been taken in. LaBelle also has a couple of grandchildren, whom she has proudly shown off on Instagram.