"He said I looked beautiful. I’d never had a moment of him looking at me like that."
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on March 30, 2022. It has since been updated.
When Desiree White, 32, got married for the first time, she never thought she would leave her husband for the best man at the wedding.
White got married to Bryant, after he confessed his undying love for her while toasting her nuptials to his then-best friend, according to New York Post.
“He said, ‘I remember the first moment I saw Desiree, I loved her. I fell in love with her. I knew she had to be mine. I thought she was the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen in my life,’” White, from Illinois, told Kennedy News and Media of Bryant’s best man’s speech during her 2010 matrimony.
“He said, ‘She’s the best person I’ve ever met. I’ve never met anyone like her. Then I found out she already had a boyfriend and I thought I needed to find out a way to get her, but then I met [White’s ex-husband] and we became friends,’” she recalled.
While White's former spouse's identity is unknown, she said the two of them sat side by side, in shock, while the best man poured his heart out. “[Bryant] then just said, ‘Love you both — congratulations.’ It ended there,” she added, noting that her ears “turned red” with embarrassment after his admission. A wave of awkwardness then overcame the room, White remembered, saying, “Everyone was kind of laughing — and then it got quiet.”
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White was very confused by Bryan's confession, especially because the two of them had been friends for so long.
“Bryant and I met each other in class at high school,” White said. “I had a boyfriend at the time and, because of that, I really wasn’t going to talk to other people.” Soon, Bryant, White, and her ex-husband became tight-knit and did a lot of stuff together. “Bryant and my ex-husband became best friends and, because they were guys, they did a lot together. They did everything together,” White said.
She also set him up on a lot of dates, adding that “He had a lot of growing up to do. I didn’t really look at him in that way.”
But on the day she was to get married, White recalls the look Bryant gave her. “On the wedding day, I walked into the living room, right when I was done getting ready with my wedding dress on and my hair done. Bryant came into my parents’ house and froze and stared at me,” she recounted. "I said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ He said I looked beautiful. I’d never had a moment of him looking at me like that."
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Later, he got drunk and confessed his love for her. At the time, White didn't prod too much into that, but a year later, when her marriage began to crumble, things with Bryan took a romantic turn.
“When [my ex and I] broke up and divorced, I went through a depression and was really secluded myself. I just didn’t want to make an effort for anything,” she said, noting that Bryant showered her with emotional support during the separation. “He’d ask me to eat with him or hang out and watch a show. He was trying to be there for me.”
Almost immediately, the friends became lovers. And, within a year, she became pregnant with their first son, Sawyer, who’s now 9, and the couple got married in 2012. “[Bryant] said, ‘I always wanted to marry you and this isn’t because of the baby, but let’s start this family right,’ ” White gushed. “We were always friends but when we were together [romantically], it was like nothing was hard to do anymore knowing we had each other.”
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And White, now a mother to her and Bryant’s four boys, said she’s living the dream. “We love being parents. Twenty-year-old Desiree wouldn’t think she could be a mom of four kids,” she proclaimed. “She couldn’t imagine this is what my life would be like now.”
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