Not only was Joey Fatone the first ’NSYNC member to become a father, he will also become the first ’NSYNC husband as well. Fatone will marry fiancée Kelly Baldwin this week, a representative has confirmed.
To preserve the couple’s privacy, no details will be available about the impending nuptials — other than that they will take place on the East Coast — until after the ceremony, Fatone’s management rep, Melinda Bell, said Wednesday.
After 10 years of dating, Fatone proposed to Baldwin, with whom he has a 3-year-old daughter named Brianna, last summer (see “Joey Fatone Uses Billboard To Propose To Longtime Girlfriend” ). The couple has been dating since high school, and the singer recently had her name tattooed inside his lower bottom lip during a bachelor-party trip to Las Vegas.
Rumors had circulated in June 2002, shortly after they bought a home together in Orange County, Florida, that the couple had already gotten hitched, but Fatone denied the reports. “My mom called and asked how the wedding went,” he told the Orlando Sentinel at the time. “We haven’t really had time to plan for a marriage, but probably later on down the line there will be one.” He attributed the rumors to the friendship rings they’d started wearing at events related to his role in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
Prior to proposing last summer, Fatone had taken about a year off from touring and recording to reconnect with Baldwin and their daughter. He told USA Today shortly before the proposal that after Brianna was born in April 2001, “it was hard to think of marriage,” and even more so once she got older. “We’re still trying to juggle our daughter, and at 2, she’s really running around.”
Since then, however, it’s been Fatone who’s been doing most of the running around. The singer’s kept busy furthering his acting career with a turn as a lounge singer in the indie film “The Cooler” as well as a starring role in “Little Shop of Horrors” on Broadway. (He had previously starred in the Broadway production of “Rent” in 2002.) He’s been working on a comedy album of song parodies (see “Joey Fatone Going After Creed On Comedy Album” ). He also has two more movies in the can: a musical adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood in which he plays Jack the Wolf (see “Joey Fatone Is Hungry Like The Wolf In Latest Movie” ) and a comedy about wannabe gangsta rappers on an all-night crime spree called “The Bros.”
Fatone also has tentative plans to reunite with his bandmates for their next album, which is not yet slated for release (see “No New ’NSYNC Album This Year, Label Says” ).