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Marsha Ambrosius recalls the bold move she made to meet the man who became her husband


Dez BillupsMarsha Ambrosius says she is happier now than she’s ever been because of the love of her husband, Dez Billups, and their daughter, Nyla. Their baby, whose name is also the title of the singer’s new album, was born in 2016, and one year later, Marsha and Dez were married.

Ambrosius says her album, Nyla, reflects both “the love for my daughter and the absolute lust it took to create the initial conversation with the man who is now my husband.”  The nine-time Grammy nominee first met Dez during the 2015 Floetry reunion tour in Cleveland when he was working as a roadie. 

She tells ABC Radio. “I was just going to be as forthcoming as I’ve always been and decide to ask him out on a date. Well, not a date. Just to go get something to eat and he obliged and we’ve haven’t been apart since.” 

The two went out to a fast-food restaurant, she recalls, where they “walked through the drive thru and sat there outside on a couple of park benches and a little table.”

Then, she tells ABC Radio, they “just talked about love, and life, and our dreams, and goals, aspirations, our faith, spirituality. Just you name it. Putting everything on the table and we’ve haven’t been apart since July 15 of 2015.”

Now over three years later, Marsha and Dez are still together, on and off the road. She’s opening Maxwell’s 50 Intimate Nights tour, and their next show is Saturday in Huntsville, Alabama. The tour wraps December 9 in New York City.

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