Over the last several years, we’ve watched in awe and admiration as Issa Rae’s hit show Insecure propelled her into stardom. It was almost overnight that she became a household name and one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. For a while now, we’ve had access to her character, Issa: her awkwardness, trials and triumphs. But the real-life Issa Rae and her family dynamic remain a mystery. Who is Issa Rae’s husband and why does the couple choose to remain private when it comes to their marriage? Here’s what we know so far.

The Two Began Dating 11 Years Ago

Louis Diame is a Senegalese businessman whose ties to Rae date back to 2012, when he first appeared in an episode of her beloved web series “Awkward Black Girl.” Since then, the independent banking professional has made appearances here and there, joining her on red carpets and at esteemed events. However, it wasn’t until her Essence cover shoot in 2019, that fans began speculating about Diame and Rae taking things to the next level. She showed up wearing a sizable ring on her wedding finger, later claiming that she enjoys wearing jewelry on all of her fingers. 

Who Is Louis Diame?

Outside of being Rae’s well-to-do husband, we aren’t sure, but that’s pretty major on its own. This is the first and only relationship that she has semi-spoken to despite being asked time and time again. Both parties have decided against mentioning one another in interviews and that mystery is intentional. Rae has said that she’ll take feedback on almost every other area of her life besides who she’s sleeping with: it stops there. Costars Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji first confirmed the engagement in interviews after word began to circulate. The most we’ve gotten out of the couple is a Vogue magazine spread commemorating their wedding, where Rae and Diame look to be in wedded bliss. 

They Married at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat in the South of France

Surrounded by family and friends, Rae and Diame married on July 26, 2021. Her brother has spoken to the depth of his relationship with her husband, saying that he’s been around for a while and is beloved by their family. Following their marriage, Rae shared a photo on Instagram of the couple hand in hand in front of the wedding venue. Her caption poked at the mystery of their relationship, referring to Diame as “Someone’s Husband” and closest friends wearing the same dresses on the same day as a coincidence. In a stunning Vera Wang dream of a dress, Issa celebrates her matrimony to Louis, her now life partner. 

There’s A Method To Their Mystery

Rae shared in an interview with Self that she confirmed their marriage to “take control of the narrative.” Up until then, she’d maintained their privacy with plans to continue doing just that. However, Rae knew that it would only be a matter of time before the world started trying to frame their story. After being in the industry and witnessing people lose control of their own lives and parts of their identity, she knew that holding on to what’s most special to her was safest.