September 16, 2020
Love is winning, even amidst a pandemic. That So Raven’s beloved lead got married in a surprise wedding ceremony to her longtime girlfriend on June 17. This weekend, Raven caught us in a surprise as she announced her marriage with her partner, Miranda Maday. The ceremony took place in their back garden and the pair were dressed in white and black for the occasion, and they boasted an adorable wedding cake and a spread of food alongside it. The actress and presenter shared the news with her fans on Instagram, sharing a picture with the caption: “I got married to a woman who understands me from trigger to joy, from breakfast to midnight snack, from stage to home. I love you Mrs. Pearman-Maday! Let’s tear this world a new asshole!!! I’m married NOW.”
Little about Raven
Symoné began acting in 1989, landing the role of Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show at age 3. She went on to headline Disney’s That’s So Raven (the most-watched show on the channel) and a series of specials for her girl group, The Cheetah Girls. Symoné admitted that she knew she was gay by the time she was 12 years old, but she tried to force herself to like boys. At the time, she even convinced herself that she would wind up marrying a man. “I kind of pushed myself to open myself up to look for boys,” Symoné said. That was until she attended college at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
“While it was a selfish thing for me to keep my secret to myself for as long as I did, I am very happy that I’m out, if only to help someone else feel comfortable. It is about that one person who you’ll never see or meet who watches the show and feels that confidence to just says, ‘Hey, guess what? I’m gay. And if you can’t accept me, it’s okay, because I see Raven pushing through.’ That feels good. It’s a hard journey, though. It’s difficult.”
Raven’s Coming Out
Known for her childhood roles on “The Cosby Show” and “That’s So Raven,” as well the current reboot “Raven’s Home,” she addressed her sexuality publicly in 2013. This was after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage. “I can finally marry! Yay government! So proud of you,” she tweeted at the time.Her interview regarding her struggles as a gay person in docuseries “It Got Better, “focuses on her life of a star with a focus on how and when “it got better” for her. In 2014, she told Oprah Winfrey during an interview that she became aware of her sexuality at the age of 12, as “I was looking at everything.”
“I don’t want the gay label. I would rather be a human who loves humans.”– Raven to Oprah during The Show Oprah: Where Are They Now?
Wedding With Miranda Maday
While Raven and Miranda kept their relationship away from spotlight, Miranda also took to Instagram to announce their big news. According to her LinkedIn, Miranda is a graduate of UCLA and is currently working as a social media manager for Off the Menu, a mobile app that highlights secret items available at bars and restaurants. Miranda has decided to hyphenate her maiden name, Maday, with Raven-Symoné’s last name. Minutes before sharing the big wedding news, Symoné hinted that “something happened” this week, sharing a photo of a celebratory glass of champagne — presumably from her and Pearman-Maday’s nuptials.
Raven-Symoné announces her marriage to “a woman who understands me” 💛 Congrats to the newlyweds! pic.twitter.com/vHZvwVkMJg
— Two Bees TV (@twobeestv) June 18, 2020
The duo got their matching tattoos by celebrity tattoo artist Winterstone. The design is a combination of the letters “R” and “M,” according to the artist, and signifies the union of the couple’s first names. The tattoo is on the second knuckle of their left ring fingers, above their new wedding bands. The matching rings appear to be large gold rings with a turquoise stone in the middle; Maday also wore a solitaire engagement ring with a rose gold band. We wish the couple nothing but happiness!