Who Is Gabourey Sidibe's Husband? All About Brandon Frankel

Gabourey Sidibe and Brandon Frankel have been married since 2021

Gabourey Sidibe and Brandon Frankel
Photo: Brandon Frankel Instagram

Gabourey Sidibe is married!

The actress revealed during a Dec. 5, 2022, appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan that she and Brandon Frankel actually got married in 2021. The pair got engaged in November 2020 after meeting on a dating app.

"My BFF proposed and now I get to hold him forever," she said of Frankel following his proposal. "The funniest man I've ever met. The sweetest human to exist."

The Oscar-nominated actress, who is best known for her roles in the film Precious and the TV show Empire, graced the cover of Brides' Style Issue in May 2022 and opened up about her relationship with Frankel more than she ever had before, calling her partner an "incredible partner." She added, "I couldn't imagine dating someone I actually liked. Turns out, totally possible! So, I'm really happy to have been wrong about where I saw my life going, partnership-wise."

Here is everything you need to know about Gabourey Sidibe's husband, Brandon Frankel.

He works in the entertainment industry

Gabourey Sidibe and Brandon Frankel
Brandon Frankel Instagram

Frankel has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade, with roles in branding, marketing and consulting under his belt. He's worked at some of the top entertainment companies and agencies including Cameo, Paradigm Talent Agency, CAA Music, and Atlantic Records. Frankel currently serves as the chief business officer at the virtual concert production company NoCap Shows.

He met Sidibe on the dating app Raya

After his previous marriage ended, Frankel wasn't sure how to approach dating in the digital age. He decided to take a chance on the member's only dating app Raya and swiped right on Sidibe. Frankel later told Brides that their first date lasted "more than seven hours."

He proposed to Sidibe in November 2020

Gabourey Sidibe and Brandon Frankel
Brandon Frankel Instagram

In November 2020, Sidibe announced that she and Frankel had gotten engaged on Instagram. Frankel revealed how he popped the question in his own Instagram post, which featured a photo of a lavish proposal setup complete with rose petals and a "Will you marry me?" balloon sign.

"I asked my best friend to marry me, and she said 'YES'! So excited to spend the rest of my life with the most amazing, hilarious, beautiful, and inspiring woman I've ever known," Frankel wrote in his caption. "I couldn't imagine a life without you. We make the best team, and we make everything fun and memorable. I liked it, so I put a 💍 on it."

He and Sidibe got married in 2021

A year and a half after their engagement, Sidibe shared details of her and Frankel's wedding plans with Brides. The actress revealed that they were planning a spring 2023 nuptials, but noted that they don't have all the details figured out yet.

However, during a Dec. 5, 2022, appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Sidibe revealed that she and Frankel were already married.

Sidibe explained, "The thing about weddings is I don't like them. I don't like them. Here's an example of how much I don't like them: I'm actually married. We got married over a year ago."

The actress went on to say that she and Frankel tied the knot "at the kitchen table" about four months after their engagement, adding that they still plan to have a ceremony at a later date.

On Feb. 1, 2023, Frankel posted a throwback video from his and Sidibe's first wedding anniversary celebration. The clip showed the two at a picnic on the beach, complete with a decorated table and a "Happy First Anniversary" sign written in chalk.

"This is from March of 2022 on our first wedding anniversary! Now that the world knows, figured I'd share," Frankel wrote in the caption. "I surprised @gabby3shabby with a picnic on the beach…and I'm usually horrible with surprises and I totally got her!

He and Sidibe are cat parents

Sidibe and Frankel are proud parents of two cats, Aaron and Derrell Jermaine Dupree. The felines make frequent appearances on the couples' Instagram accounts and Derrell Jermaine Dupree even has his own separate account.

The cats are such an important aspect of the couple's life together that Frankel also involved one of them in his proposal to Sidibe. As seen in Frankel's Instagram post, Derrell Jermaine Dupree wore a collar that read "Will you marry my daddy?"

He is Sidibe's biggest supporter

Gabourey Sidibe and Brandon Frankel
Gabourey Sidibe Instagram

It's no secret that Sidibe and Frankel are very supportive of each other. Frankel is constantly praising Sidibe's career on Instagram and expressing how proud he is of her. Sidibe does the same in her own humorous way.

They are also always there for each other emotionally. "The second I look a bit stressed and overwhelmed, he jumps into action to take over what he can for me. Every moment with him is a joy. He is the partner I thought I was too independent to need. I've learned so much about myself through him and I feel grateful and excited to learn more about the entire world with him by my side," Sidibe wrote in her Instagram engagement announcement.

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