Rumor Control: Nicole Mullen denies engagement to Donnie McClurkin, but confirms they are ‘very much in love’
Article By Rebecca Johnson // EEW Magazine Reporter
Whoever started that rumor that GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is engaged is mistaken.
On Monday, Nicole C. Mullen, the singer’s ladylove, took to Periscope to confirm that, while the two are head-over-heels for each other, there is no ring on her finger.
“I will say Donnie and I are very much in love,” she told her fans with a wide, giddy grin. “We are definitely on the road to marriage. But somebody jumped the gun and it wasn’t him, putting out that we were engaged already.”
Calling the announcement of their upcoming nuptials “a little premature,” the “My Redeemer Lives” songstress, whose first public outing with McClurkin happened at this year’s Stellar Awards in February, clarified a few things.
“There’s a protocol that both he and I want to honor. So, are we officially engaged? No. Are we on the road to marriage? Yes. Are we in love? Absolutely yes,” she said before delving into her “Real Soul Food Bible Study.”
The rumor got started last Thursday evening after McClurkin sat down with Matt Crouch and his wife, Laurie Crouch, during a taping of TBN's "Praise the Lord”. The overzealous host unexpectedly announced that the 56-year-old Perfecting Faith Church pastor was getting hitched and the audience went wild.
But twice-divorced Mullen is saying, not so fast.
“The TBN thing was great, wonderful, but somebody kind of spun it a little bit ahead of the clock just a tad,” she explained.
The internationally recognized vocalist, who received an outpouring of love from Periscope followers, told them, “I’m so glad that you guys are thrilled for us, which is fantastic. We do covet your prayers, so keep us in your prayers, but we want to do everything decently and in order.”
She went on, “We love each other fiercely and we’re looking forward to what God has for us, so stay tuned and we’ll let you know what you need to know, when you need to know it.”
Those who previously assumed the ring on Mullen’s left finger was a symbol of her engagement to the never-been-married Freeport, NY pastor, were also wrong.
According to Mullen, the ring she is currently wearing was obtained in September 2015 when she went on a trip to Israel. On it is a Hebrew inscription which says, “I am my beloved’s and he is mine” from Song of Songs.
“Eventually, when the time is right, you’ll see the other ring,” Mullen assured eager fans. “But in the meantime, his banner over me is love.”
According to the future Mrs. McClurkin, “There is no wedding date.”
Last week on TBN, her someday-soon husband said, "Honestly, the only thing in my life that is missing is marriage. The only thing that is missing in my life that can cause real family, is marriage. Financially, I'm there. Spiritually, I'm almost there. Emotionally, I'm getting it together.”
He continued, “But the only thing that's missing out of everything that I'm doing locally, cross country and globally is that aspect that makes family, family — is that wife that would make man whole, that element that brings favor to man."
Mullen, 49, said when that time comes to jump the broom, the public may not know it. “I don’t even know if it’ll be public or not. That’s up to my dearest,” she said, adding, “But at the right time, we will proceed at the right pace and have the right conclusion.”
Mullen split from her second husband of 21 years, David Allen Mullen, in 2014, citing "biblical reasons." Her first marriage to an assistant children’s pastor reportedly ended due to his physical abuse.