Take that, Marc Jacobs! American Idol‘s first openly gay contestant Jim Verraros will marry partner Bill Brennan on Sunday, the singer announced via Facebook. No, the pair can’t legally marry in Illinois, but when did that ever stop us from getting hitched?
You’ll recall that during the first season of Idol, Fox made Verraros scrub any mention of his gayness from his show-sponsored website. But the Internet wasn’t all bad to Verraros: That’s where he met Brennan four years ago; they were engaged in December 2007. On MySpace. Read their full love story here, but allow us to excerpt:
Bill is quite honestly the most loving, loyal, funny, warm, personable, honest and caring human being I’ve ever met and because of his years, I’ve been able to learn and grow so much as a person since we’ve been together. I think that’s what life is about, essentially; being able to grow with your partner, not away from them.
I knew with Bill that I wanted to “marry,” him. I put “marry,” only because, sadly it isn’t legal in Illinois yet, but we’re hopeful that the time is near. Looking back on our four years together, we’ve come so far and grown so close together. He’s not only my partner, but my confidante, my soul mate, my best friend, and the love of my life. When we’re apart, I miss him and when we’re together, I think to myself how lucky I am that our paths have crossed and intertwined.
People ask me how I knew that Bill was the one, and I always say the same thing: “I just knew. When you KNOW, you know.”
Congratulations to you both!
(NB: We’re loving the Elvis soundtrack on their wedding page.)