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New couple alert? Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin shows off his Stellar Awards ‘date’—CCM singer Nicole Mullen 

Nicole C. Mullen and Donnie McClurkin show up togetther at the 31st Annual Stellar Awards (Photo Credit: Instagram)Article By Rebecca Johnson // EEW Magazine Reporter

UPDATE 2/22/16 9:00 pm: Since the original story was published, EEW Magazine was informed that Nicole C. Mullen opened up about her split from her husband of 21 years in a Nov. 30, 2014 Facebook post, citing "Biblical reasons" for the divorce. You may read that post here. The original story continues below with a correction to the portion that says her divorce was kept "under wraps."

GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel singer Donnie McClurkin whipped his fan base into a frenzy with a single social media post.

One of the most eligible Christian bachelors shared a photograph posing with his “date”—Christian singer Nicole C. Mullen.

“[At the] Stellar awards with my date Nicole C. Mullen...a wonderful night...all is right with the world!!!” wrote the 56-year-old on Instagram next to a photo—which has since been removed—of him posing with the 49-year-old GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning “My Redeemer Lives” vocalist.

EEW Magazine reached out to both camps, but neither immediately responded to a request for comment on whether they are romantically involved.

The pair looked dapper at the 31st annual Stellar Awards at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

“Beautiful couple,” one commenter on Instagram wrote, assuming that love is in the air. Moments later, someone else remarked, “Oh she married?,” questioning Mullen’s marital status.

But according to Mullen, she is divorced.

“I am no longer married...for the past couple of years :-/,” wrote the respected Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter in the comments section beneath a photograph posted on the official Instagram page of the Stellar Awards.

Though she did not officially confirm the courtship in her commentary, Mullen did say, “It was a great night and I was honored to be by the side of such a great and godly man! Much love, grace and peace y'all.”

The larger public is unaware that the singer, who recently released her new single “Hey Girl!," split from her husband of 21 years, David Allen Mullen. This explains why her appearance with the nationally syndicated host of "The Donnie McClurkin Show" sparked reactions ranging from excitement and shock, to confusion.

 Twice-divorced Mullen’s love life has been a troubled one.

Her first marriage to an abusive assistant children’s pastor ended after she could no longer handle the assaults from her volatile husband.

“In public he was a really nice guy. Behind closed doors, it was a different story,” said the Cincinnati, Ohio native, who recounted the details of the ill-fated union during a recorded sit-down with talk show, Divine Divas, while on a mission trip in Belize last June.

When the self-described “young and naïve” Mullen accepted the ministry leader’s marriage proposal on the first date, she never imagined she would be beaten, kicked, verbally abused, dragged out of bed by the heels of her feet and suffer through more than 100 incidents of violence.

“Throughout it all, I knew that’s not what love was, because it didn’t meet the standard of what the Bible said love is. According to 1 Corinthians 13, it says ‘Love is patient. Love is kind,’” she explained. “Love does not beat. Love does not punch. Love does not kick.”

After getting the courage to leave the relationship, later, the global artist started fresh, marrying former Blues Pop/ CCM singer-songwriter, David, in 1993. The two have written numerous songs together.

“Guess this is my #valentines date,” wrote her ex on Instagram Feb. 14, posing with a dog. “Hello from Henry,” he said, including hash tags, “#itsadogslife,” “#thatslove,” and “#meh.”

No reason for their divorce has been given.

Whatever happened, it appears that Mullen is ready to start a new chapter in her life, perhaps by the side of McClurkin, who has never been married.

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