Danny Gokey Is Engaged! (UPDATED)

Congratulations to Danny Gokey. He announced in an interview on FOX news this morning that he was engaged to his girlfriend  Leyicet.

The couple plan a wedding next month.

Official Press Release

Danny announced his engagement recently to family and friends. The couple is planning a wedding for late January, 2012.

Danny’s passion and focus for the last three years has been his country music career and launching Sophia’s Heart Foundation. He is thrilled to have found Leyicet who also shares his passion and desire to help children and families in need. Accordingly, Danny & Leyicet have requested to their wedding guests that all gifts be in the form of a donation to Sophia’s Heart.

The couple shared the following statement:

“We are thankful for so many of the blessings God has given us. It is our desire to see homeless children and families be kept together and lifted back on their feet through the help of Sophia’s Heart. We love and appreciate you all.”

~ Danny & Leyicet

Thanks Steph

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  • Kesia Monteith

    Well, congrats Danny.

  • steph6449

    Congratulations Danny :)

    Not clear how long they have been engaged, quite a few rumors came out of Milwaukee around Thanksgiving when Danny and his girlfriend were visiting for the holiday that friends and family were told privately then.

  • Anonymous

    That’s wonderful news and I hope the couple will be very happy :)

  • http://twitter.com/Girl4Reba Jeanne aka Reba

    I couldn’t be happier for anyone, what an amazing man, Danny is!! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Sounds like Danny has found his perfect match.  I hope they both have a long and happy life together.

  • http://twitter.com/buffyloverlori buffyloverlori

    Awe what happy news, Danny sure deservers a happy ending, so happy he found love again some people are lucky to find just one special person to love, Danny has been given the gift of finding love twice.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats, Danny and Leyicet! God bless you both with a wonderful life together.

  • Anonymous

    Big congrats to Danny! Leyciet looks a little like the Olsen twins in that picture.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Danny, only the best wishes!!!

  • PerfectStorm

    Yeah, Congrats to Danny and Leyicet  Life goes on.  I am looking forward to more good music from Danny as he moves into this new phase of his life.

  • Anonymous

    Glad that Danny has found love again. Congrats to him and his fiancee!

  • steph6449

    This has the official Fox News video of Danny’s interview this morning.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1346702895001/american-idol-contestant-gives-back 

  • Anonymous

    Awww, congratulations to Danny and his fiance.  I wish him much joy and happiness.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    COngrats to Danny

  • steph6449

    There is an official engagement announcement up now on the Sophia’s Heart site.  Cute photo of the two of them together

    http://www.sophiasheart.org/news/Danny–Leyicet-Engagement-Announcement 

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

    Congratulations to Danny! Hope Best Wishes are in order!

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Is the future Mrs Danny Gokey either a Hooters girl or a swimsuit model? 

  • steph6449

    She has been a model, not clear how actively currently, working out of Miami where swimsuits and etc. are pretty routine.

    Leyicet was on the show Model Latina some years ago. More recently, she seems to have had a “day job” and does occasional tv ads and other modeling-related assignments part-time.

    Also very committed to church activities which of course is a big thing for Danny that they have that in common.

  • Anonymous

    The engagement picture shows a very happy Danny Gokey:
    http://sophiasheart.org/uploads/images/engagemnet%20picture.jpg

    Fans of Danny have noticed that his face brightens whenever her name is mentioned. 

    I wish them much happiness. 

    And I hope for good music news, soon, too!

  • steph6449

    Fans of Danny have noticed that his face brightens whenever her name is mentioned. 
    I wish them much happiness.

    I’ve never met her or seen her in person. But yes, it’s been obvious for a while from his interviews and other informal reports, that Danny has been very smitten and very happy in this new relationship. Wish them much future happiness together.

    Not exactly engagement-related, but in the spirit of the season, lol – a special Danny pic for today.

  • Indigobunting

    “Is the future Mrs Danny Gokey either a Hooters girl or a swimsuit model?”

    She appears to have left the prior career behind when she met Danny, apparently in April or May. 

    “Not clear how long they have been engaged, quite a few rumors came out of Milwaukee around Thanksgiving when Danny and his girlfriend were visiting for the holiday that friends and family were told privately then.”

    Danny’s pastor announced their engagement to the congregation at a church service Danny sang at and that the public were invited to (Jamar- Danny’s friend from AI S8 also appeared as a musical guest) the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

    I wish him Good Luck; he deserves to be happy, especially after what he’s been through and I hope things unfold exactly as he envisions them.

  • steph6449

    The video is up at FoxNews.com with the earlier of the two part video features on Danny, a pretaped “Beyond the Dream” segment that aired yesterday about his charity foundation leading up to today’s live interview.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1346702920001/former-idol-pays-tribute-to-late-wife-by-serving-the-poor 

  • http://twitter.com/mathPhD mPhD

    I googled the name “Leyicet” because I wanted to know what it meant (beautiful, but I’d never heard it before…), one of the top search results was this video of her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob8BSqAjPM8

    She seems sweet and I wish nothing but the best for them!

  • Anonymous

    Awww, congrats to them!  <3

  • Anonymous

    I’m very happy for them.  Congrats!  She has a really cool name.   :)

  • Indigobunting
  • Indigobunting

    More:

    http://xlcountry.com/danny-gokey-is-engaged/

    At least 7 country radio stations so far congratulating him on Twitter, including WBKR, WKDQ, KissCountry, etc; won’t be boring and list them.  I’m sure more are to come.

    I’m glad the Country industry seems to think Danny is still a part of it; despite some predictions of a CCM career post RCA ;)

  • RightNow

    This is really great news.  Danny’s best days are certainly ahead of him.  Congratulations to the happy couple:)

  • http://twitter.com/CorinneZwe Corinne Zweifel

    I’m happy for them.  They seem very compatible with the same values, and that’s so important in any marriage.  God bless them!

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad that Danny has found happiness and I hope he and Leyicet have a wonderful life together!  I think it is very sweet that she asked that people donate to Sophia’s Heart in lieu of wedding gifts, to me it is a great gesture of respect to the memory of his first wife and that Danny’s goals with the organization have become her goals too.  I think that is something he needs in order to be happy so when I heard she had done this I was very pleased to hear it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad Danny has found a new love. His efforts to keep his first wife’s memory alive really speaks highly of him. But I’m glad he’s been able to emotionally move forward.  And man, she’s pretty!