Try as they might, celebrities often struggle to keep their weddings out of the public eye. If crafty paparazzi aren't intruding, photos of the special day are bound to slip into one eager guest's social media feed. So it's with both praise and astonishment that we report that Cardi B and Offset managed to pull off a legitimately secret wedding. Well done, guys.
While we've been sat here fantasizing about the insanely lavish and brilliantly extravagant wedding that we hope the hip-hop couple will have, it turns out it's already happened.
The ruse was uncovered by TMZ who really read into the fact that Offset referred to Cardi B as his 'wife' at the BET Awards over the weekend. The publication got hold of a marriage certificate, confirming that the couple got married back in September 2017.
If you're overtly consumed by pop culture news, you'll remember that Offset famously proposed to Cardi on stage at a performance in October 2017. It gives the divisive notion of staged proposals a completely new meaning, don't you think? At the very least it puts Cardi B at the top of the covert celebrity game and reiterates some of what she was trying to say about the nature of fame when she named her debut album 'Invasion Of Privacy'.
Cardi has since publicly commented on the news, taking to twitter to say: 'This is why I name my album "invasion of privacy" because people will do the most to be nosey about your life. Welp fuck it.'
She opted for the classic celebrity statement format of choice and shared a screenshot of her iPhone notes to further explain what had happened. 'There are so many moments that I share with the world and there are moments that I want to keep to myself! Getting married was one of those moments!', Cardi wrote.
'Our relationship was so new breaking up and making up and we had a lot of growing up to do but we was so in love we didn't want to lose each other, was one morning in September we woke up and decided to get married'
Cardi goes on to explain that once they found someone to marry them, she and Offset wed straight away in about as low key a manner as they could. No designer wedding dress, no statement ring, no elaborate make up.
As for the public proposal that followed a month or so after their legal marriage, Cardi explained that it was a special gesture that husband Offset wanted to give her. 'I appreciate and love my husband so much for wanting for me to have that special moment that every girl dreams of when he got down on his knee and put a ring on my finger and he did that for me!!', she said.
In classic Cardi fashion, she signed off with the following: 'Well now since you lil nosey fucks know at least ya can stop saying I had a baby out of wedlock.' It's absurd and unfair that Cardi's been receiving a backlash to her apparent pregnancy before marriage - that shouldn't be a pressure for anyone to come forward about something they've wanted to (and had the right to) keep confidential. But at least they managed to have the impromptu, private wedding they wanted at the time.
As much as we live for the lavish wedding inspiration courtesy of the rich and famous, Cardi and Offset's 10-month secret was impressively kept. Belated congratulations all around!
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