(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Adam Rippon’s Official Instagram Account)
Retired American figure skater and medalist Adam Rippon is now married to his Finnish fiancé Jussi-Pekka “JP” Kajaala. The couple tied the knot on New Year’s Eve, and their only guest was their dog, a 4-month-old Pitbull mix named Tony.
Rippon took to social media to announce their marriage. “SURPRISE WE ARE MARRIED,” he said on his announcement post. “One afternoon JP and I looked at each other and said the very classic *romantic* phrase of ‘let’s just go do it now’. So we did. It was just the three of us and it was perfect 12/31/21”
“I think everybody knew that we were going to do it and I think nobody knew if we were going to give them a heads up or not. And I guess we didn’t even know if we were giving ourselves a heads up,” Rippon, 32, told People in an exclusive interview. “Listen, we’re unpredictable.”
Further, he added:
We always wanted to do something simple and just the two of us. And so, we were looking at different options of what we could do and so obviously when you do that, the next best thing that you can do is you reach out to [California marriage officiant] Maria and you ask Maria: ‘When is her next availability for a wedding?’ And she goes, ‘I have availability this week, but I also have something today.’ And so then I said, ‘Listen, Maria, we’re on our way.’ We’re going to be there for the one o’clock appointment in Encino, California, the happiest place on earth.’
Their wedding was a low-key affair, but according to Rippon, it was what they’ve always wanted. “It was like what you would get from the dollar store if you knew you had a wedding in five minutes,” Rippon said, “but it was perfect.”
Rippon is the “first openly gay man to compete at a Winter Game.” The couple got engaged in February of last year then Kajaala moved to Los Angeles with Rippon last December after years of being in a long-distance relationship. Rippon met Kajaala while he was competing in Helsinki in 2018.
Congratulations, Adam and JP!