Mattie Jackson Selecman is Alan Jackson’s eldest daughter. Her husband, Ben Selecman, died on September 12 after a boating accident in West Palm Beach. Tragically, Mattie, 28, and Ben Selecman, 28, were newlyweds having exchanged vows in Franklin, Tennessee, in October 2017. Ben Selecman’s death was first announced in a post on Alan Jackson’s website. The post said Selecman’s cause of death was “traumatic head injuries.” In addition to Jackson’s family, Selecman is survived by his parents, Mark and Brenda, his brother, Cole Selecman and his wife, Morgan.
Ben Selecman was an Assistant District Attorney with the Davidson County DA’s office in Nashville. DA Glenn Funk told the Tennessean, “He really was a rising star and I’m sick that we lost him, but I’m grateful for every day that he worked for us because he was great.” Funk added that his office was “thankful for every day that Ben had the opportunity to serve the people of Davidson County. Our prayers are with Ben’s family. He will be truly missed.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Mattie Only Agreed to Go on a Date With Selecman After He Pursued Her for 3 Months
Tragically, Selecman and Mattie Jackson had been married less than a year. The couple was wed in Franklin, Tennessee, in October 2017, according to Southern Bride. The couple met first at a friend’s wedding but then didn’t reconnect until two years later while Selecman worked as a clerk for a judge in Nashville. Jackson’s daughter only agreed to go out with the aspiring lawyer after three months of unrelenting asking. Mattie described Selecman’s proposal saying, “He pursued me until I finally saw the handsome, outgoing, Godly guy I needed. After deciding we were meant for forever, he took me on a picnic on the Old Historic Natchez Trace, where we enjoyed incredible wine, cheese, dancing and the most romantic proposal.” At their wedding, the couple’s first dance was to her father’s fist radio single, “Blue Blooded Woman and a Redneck Man.”
Selecman and Jackson spent their honeymoon in South Africa and Seychelles. During their time in South Africa, Jackson said she went on “12-hour day” hunting safaris with her husband.
2. Mattie Was Accused of Driving Under the Influence in September 2012
Facebook/Ben SelecmanSelecman and Jackson pictured on their honeymoon.
In September 2012, Mattie was arrested and accused of driving under the influence.
4. Until June 2018, Mattie Jackson Had Been Operating a Restaurant in Nashville
Up until June 2018, Mattie ran the restaurant Salt & Vine restaurant in the Sylvan Heights neighborhood of Nashville. An Instagram post announcing the restaurant’s closure said, “It’s been an equally joyful and rewarding road, we can’t thank you all enough for your on-going support of Salt & Vine and for being a beacon for us over the past 2 years. For that, we are truly grateful.”
Selecman with the Jackson family at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum …read more
Source:: Heavy.com – Entertainment