Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian has denied divorce speculations raised by a concerned follower who noticed he and his wife Serena Williams are no longer following each other on IG. The distressed follower asked Alexis why Serena unfollowed him and if it means they are about to get divorced. But Alexis immediately assured the follower that their relationship is good.
This is coming after it was reported that Serena Williams was in a “funk” last week, because she felt her hectic schedule was not leaving her enough time to care for her 11-month old daughter. The 23-time grand slam champion disclosed this in a social media post.
Serena Williams’ husband has said he “couldn’t be more proud” of the Wimbledon runner-up after her remarkable performance at the All England Club. The 40-year-old American gave birth to daughter Olympia last September but complications including blood clots in her lungs put her life in danger. She needed surgery and was bed-bound for weeks, but Williams has managed to overcome those difficult days and resume her tennis career.
Strange things about Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s marriage
IT was not love at first sight for this couple. In May 2015, they met by chance at the Cavalieri hotel in Rome. While Williams lounged near the pool and enjoyed breakfast with a group of friends, Ohanian ignored the surrounding empty tables and decided to plop down at the one right next to the tennis superstar.
“We were trying to get him to move and get out of there,” Williams told Vanity Fair in 2017. The group mistook his close proximity as an attempt to get too close to her, so they told him that there was a rat by his table. “He kind of refuses and he looks at us,” Williams recalled. “And he’s like, ‘Is there really a rat here?” He added, “I’m from Brooklyn. I see rats all the time.”
“Oh, you’re not afraid of rats?” Williams asked. To which he simply replied, “No.” Intrigued by the startup guru’s nonchalant demeanor, Williams invited Ohanian to join her and her friends at their table. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Dating in secret
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 announcement in December 2016. While the tech executive sporadically 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 of her friends shared in August 2016, she teased her secret boyfriend by simply referring to him as “the nerd.”
Perhaps due to their discretion, rumors that Williams was dating other people lingered throughout that first year, including rappers Drake and Common. Ohanian had just gotten out of a five-year relationship with his college sweetheart, microbiologist Sabriya Stukes. The cute pair were so good at keeping the relationship under wraps that the only report linking the two together at lunch emerged in October 2015.
In April 2017, Williams accidentally revealed her first pregnancy when she infamously shared (and deleted) a Snapchat selfie. While showing off her baby bump in the photo, she wrote, “20 weeks.” 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. “[I] did a double take,” she said. “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 him a paper bag containing all six pregnancy tests. Determined to compete as planned, Williams famously went on to win her 23rd Grand Slam title while roughly eight weeks pregnant.