Is Jon Batiste Sick? Wife Suleika Jaouad Illness and Cancer Battle Update

Jon Batiste is an Academy Award and Grammy winning musician.

Jon Batiste is a 35 years old American singer-songwriter, musician, bandleader, and television personality born in Metairie, Louisiana, United States, on the 11th of November 1986.

The musician has performed in more than 40 countries and has garnered five Grammy Awards from 11 nominations as of 2022. Batiste has recorded and performed various genres of music with artists including Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Willie Nelson, and more.

 Is Jon Batiste Sick? 

As Jon Batiste announced his departure from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, some fans doubted him to be sick or suffering from illness; however, it's not the case, and he is doing fine.

Jon Batiste is perfectly fine and in good health; nothing terrible has happened to the musician.
Jon Batiste is perfectly fine and in good health; nothing terrible has happened to the musician.( Source : Instagram )

The singer has not disclosed any intel of him having a critical condition or suffering any disease, so we presume him to be healthy unless he reveals having health issues.

However, Batiste tested Covid positive in May 2022 after attending the Met Gala alongside other high-profile celebrities in Hollywood. Following his diagnosis with Covid, Jon was quarantined and returned to his normal lifestyle after a few weeks of rest, and he is in good health.

Meet Jon Batiste's Wife Suleika Jaouad

Batiste married his wife Suleika Jaouad in a private ceremony in February 2022 and kept it confidential to the public unless the singer revealed the tea in the interview on CBS News Sunday Morning.

Batiste secretly married his long-time partner Suleika Jaouad in February 2022.
Batiste secretly married his long-time partner Suleika Jaouad in February 2022.( Source : Instagram )

Suleika is a writer, advocate, and motivational speaker who authored the "Life, Interrupted" column in The New York Times. Likewise, she has also written for magazines including Glamour, Vogue, NPR's All Things Considered, and Women's Health.

The beautiful pair dated for eight years before tying the knot; they have been in a relationship since 2014. With all the ups and downs, they grew together and eventually decided to take the wedding vows to start a family and live happily ever after. Furthermore, Jon has posted many stunning pictures with his better half on his social media.

Suleika Jaouad Illness and Cancer Battle

If you think Batiste is sick, then you are mistaken as his wife Suleika is the one who is battling cancer. The writer is a strong fighter who is writing and painting her way through cancer in books and social media.

She got diagnosed with a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia, and the doctors said she had only a 35% chance of surviving in 2011; however, she fought the illness, survived, and wrote and spoke extensively about her medical experiences with her well-wishers.

Jon was by his wife's side when she spent 72 hours in the bone marrow transplant unit in early 2022.
Jon was by his wife's side when she spent 72 hours in the bone marrow transplant unit in early 2022. ( Source : Instagram )

Furthermore, Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted, published on the 9th of February 2021, covers her story of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. 

Moreover, Jaouad travels around the U.S. teaching writing and wellness workshops; she also speaks at high schools, universities, fund-raisers, hospitals, corporations, and professional events. However, her leukemia recurred, and she is on her journey to recovery. 

Why is Jon Batiste Leaving The Late Show?  

Jon has decided not to continue his journey at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he served as the bandleader and musical director for the past seven years, to pursue other creative projects.

The singer has no bitter feelings toward the late-night family, nor did he have a bad experience. Instead, he must have enjoyed every moment during his time at the show and made beautiful memories with his bandmates.

However, Batiste waved goodbye to the viewers to chase personal and professional interests and make better achievements. The Academy Award and Grammy winner serves as the music director of The Atlantic; thus, he must have something up his sleeves that he has to offer to his admirers and well-wishers in the upcoming days, which we can't wait to witness.

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