Robert Kraft, 81, married a 47-year-old doctor in a ‘surprise wedding’ in NYC

In his 70s, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was surprisingly in the gossip columns a few times. One of those times was in 2018, when his girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander gave birth to a baby and everyone swore up and down that the kid wasn’t his (we haven’t heard about that since 2018). Then in 2019, Kraft was named as one of 200 “johns” who received sex acts from trafficked Asian women at a Florida massage parlor. That too was hushed up pretty quickly. Well, these days, Kraft is 81 years old and he’s been quietly dating a 40-something doctor. They had a surprise wedding over the weekend.

Robert Kraft and Dana Blumberg are married, a source confirms to PEOPLE. The New England Patriots owner, 81, and his doctor bride, 47, wed in front of over 200 guests during a surprise wedding ceremony on Friday night at the Hall des Lumières in New York City.

According to Page Six, Kraft invited a slew of star-studded guests to a “Kickoff and a Touchdown” party, though he did not reveal he and Blumberg would be tying the knot during the event.

A source who attended the event told PEOPLE most guests were completely taken by surprise. “Most of the people didn’t know it was a wedding celebration. We thought it was a party and then when we went upstairs — and [a] screen opened and Robert and Dana came out. She was in a wedding dress, and Elton John announced them as ‘husband and wife.’ Then Meek Mill wrote a song for them — which he sang with Ed Sheeran as backup,” the source detailed.

The source also noted there was an amazing spread, including caviar, Reubens, pigs in a blanket and knishes.

Citing sources, Page Six said that the couple shared a 10-minute video with guests, before NFL commentator Al Michaels introduced them to the crowd as husband and wife. It is unclear, however, when exactly Kraft and Blumberg officially said “I do” to one another.

During Kraft and Blumberg’s special evening, they were joined by a series of stars, including Tom Brady, Jon Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, among others, Page Six reported.

[From People]

It sounds more like this was a surprise wedding reception more than a wedding? Not to get too technical about it, but it doesn’t sound like they did the actual vows and “ceremony” part in front of all of these guests. Also, this is a beautiful sentence: “The source also noted there was an amazing spread, including caviar, Reubens, pigs in a blanket and knishes.” Pigs in a blanket AND knishes AND Reubens. Mazel tov!

Anyway, Tom Brady was there. He went to the party solo and sources told People Magazine that Brady “looked happy” and was seemingly in great spirits. He spent a long time at the party, hanging out with his former teammates and all of his Patriots buddies.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Dee says:

    Well, at least she’ll know all the things to do when the time comes. His children must be so relieved. That’s all I’ve got

  2. girl_ninja says:

    Tom looked happy at the wedding and the next day proceeded to look and play like a mess against the woeful Pittsburg Steelers.

    Mr. Kraft really disappointed me his participation in human trafficking in Florida. He’s done work for prison reform and supporting the families of the incarcerated as lent the teams private plane to the Parkland students for the march against gun violence. I hope he does more and that he and his new wife are truly happy.

  3. Sara says:

    There are kosher pigs in a blanket. Just sayin’.

  4. Tacky says:

    I’ll just say, “to each their own,” and leave it at that.

  5. Boxy Lady says:

    She just makes that “half your age plus seven” rule, so…yay?

    • molly says:

      LOL, I thought the same thing.

      I mean, she has fantastic skin, so high five to whatever beauty maintenance/genetics/unicorn blood she’s working with. It’s definitely working.

      The shoes in the first photo, however, are TRAGIC. Take some of that football tree money and help her, please!

    • sunny says:

      I feel like he has been wild in these streets since his wife died over a decade ago. He was famously very devoted to his first wife(they were married for decades) and then she died after a long struggle with cancer and he suddenly started dating 25 year olds and dressing younger and it was a mess.

      These seems slightly more reasonable so his adult children must be relieved. Congrats I guess?

      • AMA1977 says:

        I thought the same thing when I read this on People over the weekend. I can sympathize with him wanting companionship after losing his first wife, and better an educated older-than-25 year-old who probably has some agency in the relationship than a Bunny Lebowski type, lol.

        The john/trafficking allegations were and are gross. I don’t have an issue with sex work if there is consent on both sides, but getting “serviced” by trafficked, abused, unwilling women is disgusting.

        Other than that, I got nothin’.

  6. Brassy Rebel says:

    Everything about this is gross. And why wasn’t he ever charged in the Florida sex trafficking thing?

    • Dutch says:

      He was arrested and charged but those charges were dropped after Kraft’s lawyers got the secret recordings the police made thrown out. Without the tapes there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prosecute.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        Sounds like an episode of Law&Order SVU. I think I might have seen it. 🤔
        Very unfortunate.

        This doctor has a screw loose. No amount of 💰 is worth this.

  7. Julia K says:

    She’s an eye doctor specializing in glaucoma according to Google. Could it be Dr- patient relationship?

  8. Yup, Me says:

    Oh stop. The word for that has been MARRIAGE for centuries. People have been getting married for practical financial reasons since land ownership and wealth were created. That is pretty much the point of the institution.

    There is literally ZERO reason for a woman to legally tie herself to a partner if it’s not advantageous in some way. But we keep doing it. Numerous studies have shown that quality of life for women in herero marriages generally goes down (while it goes up for men).

    I hope they came to a reasonable financial agreement that supports her thriving and doesn’t make his sons nervous (so they don’t bother her about her place in the will).

  9. Lisa says:

    shes my age and she probably makes more than me but the idea gives me the Heebie Jeebies. but if she’s betting on the actuarial table, she puts in less than a decade of work then she’s wildly rich.

  10. TIFFANY says:

    So Goodall was there. The commissioner who is suppose to be neutral and not involved in the personal lives of members of the league.

    Yeah, no conflict on interest here. 😐

  11. Ally says:

    I thought that was Tory Burch! Is that crazy?

  12. jferber says:

    Even very well-respected, highly educated doctors want to live large, I guess. Her life as a doctor must have given her a very good life and much satisfaction, but God only knows the life he’s shown her and that she apparently wants. Interesting.

    • Fabiola says:

      Why are you assuming she is a gold digger? She’s 47 so she is not looking for a baby or family. She is looking for companionship and love. She has her own money and career.

  13. jferber says:

    Sara, there’s no such thing as kosher pigs in a blanket. What are you trying to say?