Fator, girlfriend marry in Las Vegas

Mirage headliner Terry Fator married his on-stage assistant, Hawaiian model Taylor Makakoa, on Wednesday, 17 days after proposing on Hawaii's famed North Shore of Oahu at sunset.

They made the announcement Friday.

Fator, 45, and Makakoa, 22, wasted no time getting hitched: The wedding, which took place at the Lily of the Valley Wedding Chapel, came a day after his divorce was finalized.

The singing ventriloquist said he's ready to start a family as soon as she is, and from the sound of it, they may not be waiting very long.

"We want three kids and Taylor's already named them," he said. "She wants a boy, girl, boy," said Fator.

They met at an audition for his show after he won "America's Got Talent" in the fall of 2007. He had moved to Las Vegas where he headlined a year at the Hilton and toured before landing the 10-year, $100 million deal at The Mirage in 2008.

She toured with him during 2008, but they didn't have their first date until after he announced he was getting divorced. He called the media with the divorce news on July 4 and took her out two days later on her 21st birthday, he said.

There are some rumors out there, Fator volunteered, that they were "having an affair" before he separated in early 2009. That didn't happen, he said.

"That's not in my nature. I am not the type to be hitting on women while I'm married. She did not break up my marriage," he added.

"I didn't think there was a chance in Hades that she would be interested," said Fator, who added that he didn't act on his interest until his sister said she thought Makakoa would go out with him.

Shortly after that, Fator and Makakoa went public, attending a Susan G. Komen breast cancer benefit at Rhumbar at The Mirage.

They have been dating ever since.

When they talked about getting married, she jokingly said she wouldn't say yes unless the ring washed up on a shore in Hawaii.

Fator sprung the surprise Oct. 17 during a stroll along the beach at Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore.

He had planted the ring in a seashell. When they got to the spot, he pointed out the seashell and coaxed her to pick it up.

"She (playfully) kicked it," he said. So he reached down, picked it up and stayed on one knee to pop the question.

The wedding ring, a four-carat 100-year-old creation, has been sitting in a safe until the wedding, which was wasn't planned for this week.

But when the divorce decree came down Wednesday, from his wife of 18 years, Melinda, "Taylor's mom, Nani Dew, and my mom, Marie, were both in town this week and my mom was leaving Wednesday." Fator said he and Makakoa decided Wednesday morning to take the leap.

They are returning to her home state this weekend for a traditional Hawaiian wedding .

As our interview concluded, Fator said he had something else to add.

"We are living proof that true love exists and if anyone thinks we're getting married for any other reason than love, we'll see what they have to say on our 50th wedding anniversary."


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