Sunday, April 18, 2021

Gladys Knight and Husband William Mcdowell Celebrate 19 Years of Marital Bliss

William McDowell, Gladys Knight

*Gladys Knight has been through three failed marriages before finally meeting the love of her life, William McDowell.

The couple recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary with throwback pictures from their wedding day (see below). 

Knight and McDowell married in 2001. Prior to him, she had a short-lived union to motivational speaker Les Brown, whom she married in 1995 before separating in 1997.

In 1974, she married Barry Hankerson and had one child together, a son who passed away at age 36. He was survived by his wife and their five children. 

Knight’s first marriage was to James “Jimmy” Newman in 1960 at age 16, and they had two children, Kenya and James III.

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Gladys and William do not have any children together, but they share 17 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren between them.


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Seeing Tom… Good moments never expire

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Back in March, Gladys and William shared a photo of them dancing together at a party (see below).

The music icon also recently starred on the hit singing contest “The Masked Singer.” 

My husband is my manager. One of my granddaughters is my assistant manager, and then I have Steve Walker is also part of my team — he used to do the Backstreet Boys and more — I have a great team. And I can’t leave out my agency, CAA. And I trust them. Now, I had never heard of The Masked Singer, but they had all kinds of information about it, and that’s how I knew it was such a big thing in Europe,” she told EW back in February, “so when I was over there I got a chance to see it, because I’ve been over there this year. But when they called me, I never would’ve guessed they were calling me to do it! [Laughs] And I’m kinda brave like that, being a Gemini who’s all over the place. [Laughs] So I’m always looking for things to do and ways to get it done so you can touch a broader sense of what people like. And I just love people. They are the most amazing thing, these people!”


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that’s right we adding style to everything we do

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She also told the publication that her phone has been “ringing off the hook” since appearing on the show. 

“My phone has been ringin’ off the hook. My husband’s phone has been ringin’ off the hook. My office’s phone has been ringin’ off the hook. Different ages, different cultures — it’s been amazing. That’s what I’ve always loved about what I do, and the fact that I get a chance to interact with all kinds of people, all genres of music, all ages, I love that,” Knight said. 


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19 years tomorrow! take that haters! ️

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.




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