Add this to the list of things I never saw coming!
Word on the street is that gospel great, Marvin Sapp, is dating Ms. Imani Showalter and they've been keeping it secret for a while!
Kevin Frazier's Hip Hollywood is reporting that Marvin Sapp is indeed dating Imani Showalter:
Last fall Showalter met Grammy-nominated gospel singer Marvin Sapp, who also pastors the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapid, Michigan. Sapp was in Los Angeles judging Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound choir competition on Oct. 28 at the Staples Center and Showalter was introduced to him before the show.
“The two exchanged information and immediately started corresponding after the show. A week or so later Marvin flew her to Grand Rapids to visit him and so she could experience his church,” said a source. The couple has been nearly inseparable since Showalter’s first visit, with Sapp flying Showalter out on various concert dates and preaching engagements.
She traveled with the 44-year-old preacher to Chicago for a concert at New Life Covenant Church in late December. She was also by his side when he co-hosted the Stellar Gospel Awards in Nashville over Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. “They’ve been spending quite a bit of time together. They’re definitely falling in love and I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up getting married,” the source added.
Sapp is a father of 3 and a widower who lost his wife MaLinda to colon cancer in 2010. 35 year old Imani also had three kids with her ex-fiance, former NBA star, Stephen Jackson. Sapp's church is said to be happy with the new couple but they would like her to stop posting sexy bikini photos like the ones she shared in January. [Click HERE if you missed that]
"If she seriously wants to be with him and plans to become the First Lady of his church, the last thing she needs to be doing is tweeting risqué photos of herself,” the source concluded. “That’s just a big no-no!”