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No, Kanye West and Bianca Censori aren't really married

Published Thursday, Jan. 19th, 2023

At least, not yet. Probably. And why (oh why) AMM is talking about this…


Kanye West made headlines again this week with a surprise announcement that he married Bianca Censori, an architectural designer with Yeezy. 


But according to mulitple news reports, the couple never applied for (or filed) a marriage license or marriage certificate. (via TMZ)


►Update! Oct 26th, 2023: Ye and Bianca ARE legally married after all. According to this article from Page Six citing an Exclusive released by the Daily Mail on Oct. 6, 2023, the couple filed a confidential marriage license in 2022 to keep the details of their marriage secret. Confidential marriage licenses are only available in California, and do not become public record after they're filed. Learn more here: Everything You Need to Know About California’s Confidential Marriage Licenses ♦



Without an official marriage license, West and Censori aren't legally married. This means that the private ceremony the couple held was only ceremonial – similar to a commitment ceremony. 



Still, many news outlets are ignoring this important point: referring to the couple as married, posting photos of Kanye's 'wedding ring' and calling Censori his 'new wife,' and stirring up rumors of new family fueds. 


That's bad reporting, sure, but it's also a big disservice to real engaged couples. The marriage process is confusing enough without this kind of misinformation making headlines!



That's why we're here to say: Couples, make sure you apply for a marriage license! Don't be like Kanye and Bianca! Check out the links below to get started. 



Rapper and entrepreneur West (aka Ye) and his not-quite wife Censori are said to have met in 2020, but it’s unclear how long they’ve been dating or if they plan to legally marry in the future. West has been in the spotlight non-stop during the past year, first for stalking and publicly threatening his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and most recently for making violent anti-Semitic comments on social media and in other public forums, including on the controversial Alex Jones Show. 


Get the full scoop in this exclusive TMZ article. 



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Don’t forget: It’s a couple’s responsibility to apply for their marriage license


Whatever you might think about Ye, this is a good reminder that it’s always a couple’s responsibility to apply for a marriage license, and to bring the valid license with them to their ceremony.



After the ceremony, the couple’s wedding officiant will sign and complete the license. Each state has its own guidelines for who can legally solemnize a marriage (perform a wedding). AMM Ministers are authorized to perform weddings in all states and U.S. territories, with the current exception of Virginia. (Read about what’s happening in Virginia here.)




Depending on where the wedding is held, either the couple or their wedding officiant is responsible for returning the license. Once it’s returned, the couple’s marriage is official! 



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(Is Easier Than You Think)

You want to get married… You just don’t want anyone to know about it. We’ll show you a simple, easy way to elope, and everything else you need to know to keep your marriage to yourself!


Read the full article here. 


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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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