Kendrick Lamar Engaged to High School Sweetheart Whitney Alford: Details

Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford
Kendrick Lamar and his high school sweetheart Whitney Alford are engaged. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The King of New York has officially found his queen! Kendrick Lamar confirmed on Friday, April 3, that he is engaged to his high school sweetheart Whitney Alford.

The celebrated rapper, 27, was speaking to Power 105.1's Breakfast Club show about his new album To Pimp a Butterfly when he was asked about rumors that he and Alford are planning a wedding. Famously quiet about his private life, Lamar took the chance to acknowledge that he is, in fact, engaged. 

Asked outright by The Breakfast Club DJs if he and Alford are engaged, Lamar said simply, "Yeah, yeah, definitely… I'm loyal to the soil." When the radio hosts extended their congratulations, he added, "[I] appreciate that." 

"At the end of the day, you want to always, always have real people around you, period," the Grammy winner added of his commitment to his future wife. "Whether it's male or female, and everybody that's been around me, they've been around since day one… I always show respect when respect has been given, and people that have been by your side, you're supposed to honor that." 

The "King Kunta" performer has been dating Alford for about 10 years, beginning a relationship with his now-fiancée when they were both in high school. 

"I wouldn't even call her my girl," Lamar told Billboard of Alford this past January. "That's my best friend. I don't even like the term that society has put in the world as far as being a companion — she's somebody I can tell my fears to."

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