'American Idol' Star Danny Gokey Marries Leyicet Peralta — Congrats

Four years after losing his wife from congenital heart failure -- Danny says 'I do' for the second time. Danny Gokey, 31 -- who won season 8 of American Idol -- married model girlfriend Leyicet Peralta in Florida yesterday, Jan. 29, People reports.

Danny Gokey Married

“We are so thankful to have found each other and now be able to spend the rest of our lives together. We pray our gratitude grows more every day because there is so much for us to do now,” they told People in a statement.

This comes four years after Danny lost his wife, Sophia Gokey, at just the young age of 27. She passed away on July 9, 2008 — four weeks before he auditioned for American Idol.

Since her death, Danny has founded the charity Sophia’s Heart in honor of his late wife.

The pair’s big day was a low-key affair. “We wanted a smaller, more intimate wedding of just friends and family,” the pair told People. “The theme of the wedding was romance and love.”

The country singer popped the question to his new bride in December 2011 in the absolutely most romantic way possible.

“Danny surprised Leyicet and had a car pick her up. They had an intimate dinner by the ocean under a beautiful sunset in downtown Miami,” his rep told People magazine. “After dinner, they went to the ballet, and finally Danny took her where they had their first date. Danny serenaded Leyicet with a song her mother used to sing to her as a baby, ‘You Are So Beautiful,’ and then he popped the big question. She, of course, enthusiastically said yes.”

Soo cute!

We’re so happy Danny has found love again! We wish the newlyweds all the best in this exciting time together!

What do you think HollywoodLifers? Are you SO glad Danny has found love again? Sound off in your comments below.

— Nicole Karlis

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