Weird Things Everyone Ignores About Serena Williams’ Marriage


Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian make up
one of the world’s top celebrity couples to watch. With a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles
to her name, Williams was the highest-paid female athlete for the second year running
in 2017. And as the co-founder of Reddit and Initialized
Capital, Ohanian is a longtime Net Neutrality activist who was dubbed the “Mayor of the
Internet” by Forbes in 2012. While these two are undoubtedly “couple goals,”
there’s more to their relationship than meets the eye. Here are the weirdest things about their star-powered
marriage. “In a way, it’s the greatest ‘nerd makes good’
story in history. You marrying Serena Williams, I mean it’s
pretty unbelievable when you think about it.” Awkward meet-cute Williams and Ohanian’s love story may be one
for the books, but it wasn’t love at first sight for this couple. In May 2015, they met by chance at the Cavalieri
hotel, in Rome. While Williams lounged by the pool with a
group of her friends, Ohanian unknowingly sat down right next to the tennis superstar. Williams told Vanity Fair in 2017 that she
and her friends misread his close proximity as “creeping”. “He plops down right next to us and I’m like,
who is this guy and why are you here?” and purposely lied about seeing a rat being
nearby, to get him to leave. She said, “We were trying to get him to move. He kind of refuses and he looks at us. And he’s like, ‘Is there really a rat here? I’m from Brooklyn. I see rats all the time.'” Intrigued by the startup guru’s nonchalance,
Williams invited Ohanian to join her group. The pair shared their first official date
just a few weeks later, a weekend getaway in Paris. “Careful, there’s a rat. There was no rat. And now we’re married.” Not exactly a fan Williams and Ohanian may be at the top of
their respective fields, but they were totally clueless about each other’s careers when they
first met. Ohanian admitted to Vanity Fair that while
he knew a little bit about Williams’ championship titles, he wasn’t interested at all in the
sport itself, saying, “[I had] never watched a match on television
or in real life. I really had no respect for tennis.” To be fair, Williams didn’t know anything
about Reddit at the time, either. Ohanian ended up attending the 2015 Italian
Open to watch Williams in action that week. He then posted on Instagram: “Looks like I
just became a tennis fan.” Dating on the DL Williams and Ohanian were initially notoriously
private about their blossoming romance. The couple secretly dated for nearly 15 months
before they finally went public with their engagement in December 2016. While the tech exec dropped hints about their
relationship on social media during that time, he didn’t pop up in Williams’ own Instagram
feed until over a year after they met. In a group photo in August 2016, she teased
her secret boyfriend by referring to him as “the nerd.” Ready for more Before the two ever celebrated their first
anniversary together, Ohanian knew he wanted to marry Williams. He told Vanity Fair, “I felt like a door had been opened to a person
who made me want to be my best self.” And he planned a picture-perfect proposal. He flew Williams to Rome, and set up a trail
of rose petals leading to the exact spot where they first met. Naturally, Williams announced their engagement
on Reddit, calling herself “Future Mrs. Kn0thing,” in reference to his username. Accidental bump reveal In April 2017, Williams accidentally revealed
her first pregnancy when she infamously shared and deleted a Snapchat selfie. Fans may have been stunned, but the newly
engaged pair couldn’t have been more shocked themselves when they found out they were expecting. In the week leading up to the Australian Open
in January of that year, Williams had been feeling off, and she eventually took a pregnancy
test. As she recalled to Vanity Fair, the results
read positive. She said, “[I] did a double take. And my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped. Oh my God, this can’t be, I’ve got to play
a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.” The tennis pro was in denial and needed some
convincing, so she took five more tests, all of which were positive. When Ohanian flew into Melbourne to meet her,
Williams simply handed the surprised internet king a paper bag containing all six pregnancy
tests. “I wasn’t quite sure what to think, but I
just knew at that moment it was really important for me to just focus right there at the Australian
Open.” Determined to compete as planned, Williams
famously went on to win her 23rd Grand Slam title while roughly eight weeks pregnant. Daughter Alexis Olympia arrived in September
2017. Williams’ childbirth complications ultimately
led to utilizing her platform to advocate for health care around the world. She shared via Facebook: “My personal experience was not great but
it was MY experience and I’m happy it happened to me. It made me stronger.” A Marvel-ous gesture Just ahead of their wedding, Ohanian rented
out an entire movie theater so the whole family could watch Thor: Ragnarok together. The proud dad posted on an Instagram vid:
“Thor: Ragnarok is a family affair.” He then added, “Momma needed a day off to relax.” The clip then cut to him, Williams, and little
Alexis Olympia cuddling in front of the big screen, where Ohanian told his little girl, “We’re gonna cover your eyes for all the violent
scenes.” “And she has earmuffs on.” “Safety first.” But Ohanian jokingly added, “Even though Thor is your mother’s other man. It’s okay, he’s not that tall.” As the video came to an end, the tennis pro
could be seen taking a nap and using her soon-to-be husband’s shoulder as a pillow. Be our (wedding) guest After a nearly year-long engagement, Williams
and Ohanian tied the knot in November 2017 in New Orleans. But their wedding was anything but ordinary. Rather than opt for a traditional ceremony,
the pair instead threw a Disney-themed affair. The star-studded wedding, attended by the
likes of Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, and Ciara, included a magical Beauty and the Beast theme. According to an Entertainment Tonight source,
guests were greeted with the song “Be Our Guest,” and “were expected to dress to the
theme.” Williams revealed to Vogue that she wanted
her wedding to be “as non-traditional as possible.” As she glowed in an Alexander McQueen gown
and Ohanian handsomely sported an Armani suit, the couple exchanged personally written vows. Ohanian told his stunning bride, “You are the greatest of all time, not just
in sport. I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters
of our fairy tale together. And my whole life I didn’t even realize it,
but I was waiting for this moment. I am so grateful, and I am so in love.” After the Disney-themed ceremony transformed
into a modern ball, the newlyweds’ first dance was set to “Tale as Old as Time” and “If I
Can’t Have You.” Oh, and New Edition gave a surprise performance
at the reception, before Ohanian surprised his wife with an all-white carousel as Ginuwine’s
“Pony” played. Y’know, no big deal. Putting it all out there Ohanian clearly loves surprising his wife
with grand gestures, but he may have topped even himself with this one. In February 2018, as Williams geared up for
her highly anticipated return to tennis after giving birth, the startup guru designed and
put up four billboards to support her. Ohanian took to social media to post a photo
of his handy work. Each billboard featured little Alexis Olympia
and Williams, and boasted the acronym, “G.M.O.A.T.” (meaning, “Greatest Momma of All Time”). He wrote: “These just went up on alongside I-10 into
Palm Springs. Olympia Ohanian & I wanted to welcome her
back to tennis. Designed them myself, with some help from
Junior.” Days later, Williams made her triumphant return
at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. With her family cheering her on in an admittedly
extravagant way, she defeated her opponent, Zarina Diyas, in the first round of the tournament. Relationship goals Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s relationship
may have its fair share of quirks and insanely wild extravagances, but at the end of the
day, there’s no doubt these two are clearly total Relationship Goals. The married pair is known to share their funniest,
cutest, and most romantic moments on social media, just proving that no matter where they
are in the world, they’re never that far apart. And for a world class athlete, an internet
mogul, plus little, adorable Alexis Olympia? That’s a pretty huge accomplishment. And we dare fans not to audibly sigh whenever
Williams gushes about her man. She wrote on Instagram at the end of 2017,
while sharing her top 10 favorite moments with Ohanian: “He’s my rock my backbone my love. I am so lucky to have found this wonderful
man that treats me better than a queen. I love you Alexis you make me excited to wake
up every morning knowing I’ll get to see you.” Serena may win all the championships, but
Ohanian’s clearly won her heart. Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to
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