Jordin Sparks Reflects On Her Whirlwind Romance With Her Husband And Their Spontaneous Wedding
Celebrity News

Jordin Sparks Reflects On Her Whirlwind Romance With Her Husband And Their Spontaneous Wedding

Actress and singer Jordin Sparks candidly shares captivating details of her whirlwind romance with her husband, Dana Isaiah Thomas recounting their fateful first meeting to the enchanting series of events that led to their spontaneous wedding in Hawaii.

The couple has been together since 2017 and tied the knot that same year. In May 2018, Sparks and Thomas, professionally known as Dana Isaiah, would welcome their first child together, a son named Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr.

To date, the pair are thriving personally and professionally, with Thomas now managing the "Battlefield" vocalist. In a recent interview with the Good Mom Bad Choicespodcast, Sparks opened up about her relationship and how she knew that Thomas was the one based on various qualities.

Jordin On Meeting Dana's Family During Her Charity Event

In the July discussion, the 33-year-old revealed she met Thomas' family because of a charity event she has thrown over the years to "shine a light on organizations" making a difference. Sparks' event occurred in the selected Super Bowl cities a week before the tournament.

"Basically, I had a charity for ten years, and I would follow the Super Bowl to each city," she told the hosts. "We would come in early in the week and shine a light on organizations that were making a difference in the city. Before, the major parties would come in, and we give them media and press if they needed it. "

Sparks added that on the tenth anniversary of her organization, she hosted the event in Houston, Texas, where she met Thomas' family because they were promoting their organization, The Forge for Families, which provides afterschool and summer programs for children.

Although the "One Step at a Time" songstress had a pleasant encounter with Thomas' family, she, unfortunately, didn't meet him at the time.

"My tenth year was 2017. The Super Bowl was in Houston, and we went to a few different organizations and the last one we went to was his parents. He wasn't there. He lived in Dallas at the time," she stated.

Despite not meeting Thomas, one of the things that piqued Sparks' interest in her interaction with his family was how well they got along with her mother, Jodi Sparks. One month following the event, Sparks' mother, Jodi, asked her if she would be willing to connect with Thomas because he had planned on becoming a model and was scheduled to visit California, where she lived.

"A month goes by, my mom's like, 'Hey do you mind if Bridget connects you with her son Dana?" she said. "He's not the one you met. He wants to model, and he's planning on modeling. He has a trip out in L.A., and she wants to talk to him about Hollywood."

Upon agreeing to the request, Sparks, Thomas, and their mothers were placed in a group chat before the pair mutually decided to venture out on their own.

"My mom and his mom put us on a group chat. So we all end up on the same thing. He's like, 'I'm going to message you on another one.' We started talking, and we never stopped," she explained.

Jordin On When She Fell In Love With Dana

At first, Sparks claimed the pair's conversations were strictly platonic, and because Thomas didn't know much about her life aside from her hit single "No Air," she felt comfortable being her authentic self. Another reason why the "One Wing" singer felt safe talking to Thomas was that he followed her text-only boundary at the start of their friendship.

Soon after Sparks and Thomas got to know each other and talked about their similarities, including removing themselves from the dating scene for an extended period, his trip to California arrived. Due to Thomas experiencing issues with his Airbnb, the Sparkle star suggested he come over to her place until the matter was resolved.

"He ended up flying out for the trip he had planned, and it was Easter weekend. My brother was driving in from Phoenix. I was like, 'Why don't you stop by.' It was like 10 o'clock at night, but I knew my brother was coming," she said.

Sparks disclosed that when Thomas arrived at her home from the airport, she instantly knew he was her soulmate despite previously not thinking about him romantically.

"He comes over, I had two dogs at the time, and I open the door, and the dogs run to him. He bends over to pet the dogs. I'm like, okay, that's a good sign. They love him already, just as a person. It wasn't until our eyes locked I was like, 'Oh s--t,'" she explained.

"Because I had seen his pictures, there was no, nothing. I was just like, 'Oh, he's a nice-looking dude.' There was nothing until that moment that our eyes locked, and we both knew we were in trouble."

Further into the interview, the "Tattoo" vocalist shared the timeline of their romance, which consisted of how long they dated, when they got married, and when they found out that they were expecting their son.

"It went by really fast," she said. "We started talking in March. We met in April, and we got married in July. We found out DJ was coming at the end of August. Two days after he moved here."

Jordin On Her Impromptu Wedding

Toward the end of the segment, Sparks revealed that after dating for a short while and talking about taking the next step in their relationship, the couple mutually agreed to get married in Hawaii while vacationing with some friends.

Sparks and Thomas' plans were ultimately derailed after realizing that the courthouse was closed.

"We had talked about it, I was like, if we're going to do it, why don't we do it here in Hawaii," she said. "Nobody's ever going to expect to see us at the courthouse there, and there shouldn't be paparazzi in Hawaii of all the places. It was closed. When we got there, it was closed."

Just when it seemed that all hope was lost, Sparks' friend shared that they had gotten ordained before taking the trip to Hawaii and could marry the couple—immediately following the offer, the pair agreed.

"So my best friend had gotten ordained before she came over, so we're in the water, and I look at him I'm like, 'You want to do it right now, let's just do it right now.' He was like, 'Okay,'" she stated.

Sparks added that the couple said their vows and shared a kiss in the water, which paparazzi captured, not knowing they were getting married.

Since that fateful day on July 16, 2017, Sparks and Thomas have been married for six years and look more in love as time passes.

Let’s make things inbox official! Sign up for the xoNecole newsletter for daily love, wellness, career, and exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox.

Feature image by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive



These Newlyweds Found Love Thanks To A Friend Playing Matchmaker

How We Met is a series where xoNecole talks love and relationships with real-life couples. We learn how they met, how like turned into love, and how they make their love work.

Jason and Elise Robinson’s union is a reminder that kind people still get their happily ever after. The pair had their first date in October of 2021 and tied the knot on June 15, 2024. Both of them have dedicated their lives to celebrating and supporting Black culture so it was only fitting they get married in what's considered the Black Hollywood of America during the Juneteenth celebration weekend. From the florists to Elise and Jason's gown and suit designers to the table signage and so much more, everything was Black-owned. It's no wonder their love for Black culture was the jumping-off point for their love story.


Something that I will forever back until the end of time is essential oils. One reason is that they are all-natural (essential oils are basicallyplant extracts). Another reason is that the (proven) holistic health benefits that come with using them (consistently) aredamn near endless. And lawd, don’t even get me started on how wonderful many of them smell — and how they tend to last longer than a lot of the perfumes and colognes that are out there. Definitely, for as long as essential oils are in existence, I’ll be singing their praises.