It’s the city of wedding chapels staffed by Elvis impersonators – and today, Usher will celebrate his Super Bowl halftime show by becoming the latest big name to tie the knot in Sin City, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Records show the R&B crooner, 45, and long-term girlfriend Jennifer Goicoechea obtained a marriage license in Clark County on February 8 – five days ago.
A source told DailyMail.com that the OMG singer made the decision to wed after taking advice from his spiritual advisor Amba Kahly Su.
The wedding, which will follow what is sure to be a smashing performance, will be an intimate affair attended only by close friends and family.
The marriage will be the star’s second: his previous wife is fashion designer Tameka Foster, 53, with whom he shares teenage sons Usher ‘Cinco’ Raymond V, 16, and Navid Ely, 15.
Usher, 45, and long-term girlfriend Jennifer Goicoechea, 39, obtained a marriage license in Clark County, Nevada on February 8 – five days before his upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance
Records revealed the R&B crooner and Goicoechea’s filing, three years into their relationship
Usher also has two children with Goicoechea, 39 – daughter Sovereign Bo, three, and son Sire Castrello, two.
The soon-to-be married couple have been together since October 2018 when she was photographed attending his birthday party.
A year later, Usher was photographed kissing the Miami-born music executive backstage at the October 2019 Hollywood Bowl.
The couple have also made repeated red carpet appearances together – including Vanity Fair’s 2023 Oscar party – and regularly appear on each other’s Instagram pages.
In a gushing post to mark Goicoechea’s 39th birthday in October last year, the singer paid tribute to the mom-of-two, writing: ‘I couldn’t ask for a better partna. Happy birthday, my love.’
Last week – on the same day the marriage license was filed – Usher appeared on the Talk and confirmed his family would be at the Super Bowl to see him perform.
He said: ‘They will be around. I’ve been receiving tons of notes from Naviyd. Usher, he gave me a couple of notes.
‘He gave me a few songs he felt like I should definitely cut, songs I should keep.’
The dad-of-four also told of his battle to balance family life with R&B superstardom, adding: ‘My kids – sometimes, they don’t want me to come.
The couple have two children together, and have made repeated red carpet appearances together and regularly appear on each other’s Instagram pages
Usher and his children on Instagram, June 2023. The artist shares sons, 15-year-old Usher (AKA Cinco) V, and Naviyd Ely, aged 14, with his first wife wife Tameka Foster, as well as a daughter, Sovereign Bo, 3, and a one-year-old son, Sire Castrello, with Goicoechea
A source told DailyMail.com that the OMG singer made the decision to wed after taking advice from his spiritual advisor Amba Kahly Su, seen here
The soon-to-be married couple have been together were first seen together when she was photographed attending his birthday party. They are seen here attending the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theatre in 2021, when Goicoechea was pregnant with Sovereign Bo
Usher with Sovereign and Sire, his two daughters with his now-confirmed fiancée
Usher and his son Usher Raymond V, 16, attend a game between Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in April 2022
The rapper is seen here with his other son Naviyd, who is now 15
His sons come from his prior marriage with Tameka Foster (right), with whom he split in 2009
The hitmaker, 45, will take to the stage at Allegiant Stadium Sunday night for the Super Bowl Half Time Show
He looked stylish in a black leather coat when in Las Vegas for a Super Bowl LVIII performances press day at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas Thursday, where he and other performers spoke about the upcoming event
The crooner is the star of the Super Bowl halftime performance come Sunday, and wore gloves with a gold ring on his pinkie finger to bolster his all-leather ensemble
Apple Music will broadcast the interview on its platform and social media sites like YouTube
‘They don’t want me to be at their basketball game or their recital, or they wanna be very, very low-key because they don’t want that energy.
‘And it’s hard, because I try my hardest to have that empathy, but I wanna be there.’
All four children are likely to attend Usher’s second wedding which will take place in one of Las Vegas’ famous chapels.
The rapper is one of a slew of celebrities who have said their vows in Sin City in recent years, among them Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck and Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker.
J-Lo, 54, said I do with Affleck, 51, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in July 2022 – a month before she repeated her vows at an extravaganza ceremony at the actor’s Savannah, Georgia, estate.
Earlier the same year, Kardashian, 44, and Barker, 48, said yes at an impromptu midnight wedding at the city’s One Love Chapel.
Unlike Usher and J-Lo, the lovebirds failed to get a license which meant they had to repeat their vows at Santa Barbara Courthouse in May 2022 before saying I do for the third time in a lavish wedding a week later in Portofino, Italy.
Other celebrities to tie the knot in Sin City include Britney Spears whose January 2004 marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander lasted just 55 hours before being annulled.
Nicholas Cage, 60, married wife Riko Shibata, 29, at the Wynn Hotel in February 2021 while singer Lily Allen, 38, and Stranger Things actor David Harbour, 48, were married by an Elvis impersonator in the city in September 2020.
Also at the event was Reba McEntire, who kicked off Sunday’s game with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem
She sat next to Post Malone who will perform America The Beautiful
Andra Day, far right, will sing Lift Every Voice And Sing as part of the pregame performances that will air on CBS
The rapper is one of a slew of celebrities who have said their vows in Sin City in recent years, among them Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, who wed at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Vegas in July 2022
Nicolas Cage, 56, tied the knot – for the fifth time – to 26-year-old girlfriend Riko Shibata in a small Las Vegas ceremony at the Wynn Hotel in February 2021
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker wed in a drunken ceremony in Vegas this past April following The Grammys
Along with performing parts of his hits, Usher is expected to also show off his acclaimed dancing skills, as well as bring on a surprise guest whom he hinted at during Thursday’s press conference.
Fans should also be prepared for at least two costumes and some roller-skating, which also played a role in his recent Las Vegas residency.
Also on Thursday a promo aired for Usher’s show. It was a nod to the film The Hangover, with Ludacris, Lil Jon and Taraji P. Henson joining the popular 2000s rapper to re-create a scene from the classic film in a seven-minute clip.
That said, it’s been a busy week for the megastar, who is releasing his latest album and has also announced a new, upcoming North American tour.
It’s not Usher’s first time on what has become entertainment’s biggest musical stage.
He joined the Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am for his 2011 set and has said he’d use that performance as a ‘cheat sheet’ for Sunday’s show.
The Super Bowl will be held Sunday at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, with the San Francisco 49ers facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs.