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No ‘Solitary Man’: Neil Diamond Ties the Knot

By Michael Kaminer

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Neil McNeil?: The happy couple in 2011.

She’s no “Sweet Caroline,” but 42-year-old Katie McNeil has become the third Mrs. Neil Diamond after a weekend wedding in Los Angeles, Reuters reports. She’s also Diamond’s manager.

Diamond, 71, confirmed the marriage in a tweet yesterday: “Katie and I got married last night, we wish you all could’ve been there. It was magical!” He signed the message, “Love, Neil.” No word on whether the couple opted for Jewish nuptial rituals.

According to the Washington Post, Kennedy Center honoree Diamond announced his engagement last September on Twitter. “Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you’re the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well,” he rhymed at the time. Diamond added that he was “lovestruck.”

The pair met in 2009, when McNeil produced Diamond’s documentary, “Neil Diamond: Hot August Night/NYC,” according to CBS News. Diamond has four children — Marjorie, Elyn, Jesse and Micah — from previous marriages.

If you’re worried about how Diamond will support himself and his new bride, fret not. This summer, the singer-songwriter will embark on a world tour with ticket prices topping out at $695 for a “Front Row VIP Package” including an “exclusive pre-show reception”, “crowd-free merchandise shopping”, and a parking space.


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