Danny Gokey Gets Engaged But Hasn’t Forgotten His First Wife

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Danny Gokey, who finished third behind Kris Allen and Adam Lambert on the eighth season of American Idol, has gotten engaged. While it may not seem noteworthy that a celebrity is getting married, Danny’s story is a little more interesting and multilayered. He was widowed in his 20s when his wife and longtime sweetheart Sophia died during a surgery to correct a congenital heart problem.

While many women could be intimidated by marrying a man who still loves and talks about his first wife, it doesn’t sound like Danny’s new fiancee Leyicet Peralta has any insecurities. In fact, the couple has announced that instead of wedding gifts they would like people to make donations to Sophia’s Heart, a foundation Danny created in his late wife’s honor.