Update: According to ETonline, Anna's publicist says the couple did not get married (as reported earlier in the day by Star Magazine), but had a commitment ceremony. Good going Star Magazine! You can read all about it HERE.
Anna Nicole and Howard "escaped their house" at three o'clock this morning, according to their press release, "and boarded a boat to quietly sail the ocean around Nassau ... on a clandestine sail to recapture simple pleasures -- fresh salt air on the face, a sunrise on the ocean, and wind in their hair. And then a good thing happened: during the sail, Anna Nicole Smith and Howard K. Stern made a commitment before God to be there for one another, to be each other's strength during this difficult time.Straight from Star Magazine's website:
Anna Nicole Smith married her long-time attorney and close confidante, Howard K. Stern, this morning just shortly before 10:30 am in Nassau, Bahamas. The wedding occurred only 18 days after the death of Anna's son Daniel, 20, from an accidental drug overdose in her Nassau hospital room on September 10. In a world-exclusive report, an eyewitness tells Star that Anna, 38, and Howard, 37, tied the knot shortly before 10:30 am on the morning of September 28, while sailing on a white catamaran off of Nassau! "There was heavy security around the yacht, plus extra speedboats to deliver more supplies as needed (including unlimited Dom Perignon champagne) from the mainland to the catamaran," says the eyewitness, who adds that the wedding party celebrated the union afterwards by having a swim party around the yacht — "and Anna was wearing a pink bikini!" Two days before, on September 26, Stern appeared live on the Larry King Show via satellite from the Bahamas, to announce that he was the father of Anna's newborn daughter Danilynne Hope, that he and Anna "love each other" — and that the duo would get married "at some point." Apparently, that point arrived much sooner than later. A source adds: "Stern was making all the arrangements in the days before the wedding."
Hmmm...okay, something tells me this marriage may have to do more with the questionable paternity of her new daughter and a possible custody battle with Larry Birkhead if he turns out to be the father instead of Howard K. Stern. That could produce all kinds of mess. But if Anna Nicole is married (to a lawyer no less), she has a better chance of not losing custody of that baby. Sure, I'd like to believe these guys are madly in love, but something smells a little fishy considering we haven't even heard if her son was buried yet.
Seems like I'm not the only one who thinks this is odd. My friends random reactions to the news of Anna Nicole's marriage as it broke were:
"What?! Her son just died and they served unlimited Dom Perignon??"
"She wore a pink bikini? Maybe if her son didn't just die she could be like Pamela Anderson, but ohhh she's going to get such shit in the press for this!"
"What? A pink bikini after her son just died?? She could have at least worn black!"
"She wore a bikini after just having a baby?"
"Yeah, a c-section no less!"
"Oh well, then, I really don't believe this story now!!"