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Gladys Knight's Husband William McDowell Shares Throwback Photo of His Wife and Mom during Their Wedding

Stephen Thompson
Aug 23, 2020
05:00 A.M.

Gladys Knight’s husband, William McDowell recently shared a picture of his wife and mother, and the two women looked nothing short of beautiful.

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William McDowell took fans on a trip down memory when he shared a throwback photo of his mom and his wife, Gladys Knight.

Dressed in her wedding dress and a veil, Knight flashed a gorgeous smile while her mother in law also sported a slight smile. Adding a caption, McDowell proudly showed off the women by writing “My mom and G. love ❤️”

Gladys Knight and William McDowell at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Gladys Knight and William McDowell at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2013 | Source: Getty Images

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Shortly after sharing the picture, fans and followers took to the comments section where they gushed over the two women. One user wrote:

“Two Beautiful Queens ❤️??”

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KNIGHT'S RELATIONSHIP

Knight and McDowell tied the knot in April 2001. The duo reportedly met ten years earlier but only started dating about three months before they got married.

Before her marriage to McDowell, Knight was previously married three times. Her first marriage was to James “Jimmy” Newman” in 1960 when she was only 16.

Despite the many challenges in her previous marriages, Knight seems to have found her happily ever after in McDowell.

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The couple welcomed two children but Newman had issues with drugs and he ended up abandoning his wife and kids when she was only 20.

Following his disappearance, Knight separated from him, and a few years later, they got a divorce. Newman passed away a few years after the divorce.

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In 1974, Knight married her second husband, Barry Hankerson, with whom she welcomed one son named Shanga. Just like Knight, Hankerson was in the music industry, and during his career, he managed A-list artists like Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, and R. Kelly.

However, Hankerson’s marriage to Knight was short-lived and by 1979, the couple was divorced. Sixteen years after the end of her second marriage, Knight married motivational speaker Les Brown in 1995. After three failed marriages, Knight explained that she still believed in love.

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KNIGHT'S SINGING CAREER

Born in Georgia in 1944, Knight began singing with her siblings at age 8 and together they formed a group called “The Pips.”

After recording several achievements with the group, Knight left “The Pips” in 1989 to launch her solo career. Although she did not record as much success as a solo artist, Knight continued to make music and is fondly referred to as the“Empress of Soul.”

Gladys Knight at her 75th birthday party on October 20, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Gladys Knight at her 75th birthday party on October 20, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

In addition to her music career, Knight also works as an actress. She has appeared on shows such as “Living Single” and “JAG.”

Despite the many challenges in her previous marriages, Knight seems to have found her happily ever after in McDowell. At the end of it all, love always wins!

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