Russell Wilson's mother, Tammy Wilson, recently opened up about the message she shared with her son when he told her about his relationship with Ciara.
During an appearance on the "Raising Fame: Sports Edition" podcast, hosted by Steph Curry's parents, Sonya and Dell Curry, she spoke about how she advised Russell to treat Ciara's son from a previous relationship, 5-year-old Future Zahir Wilburn, as his own.
"When he first told me about her, he sent me this picture, and I'm like, 'She looks familiar,'" Wilson shared on learning about the woman her son would eventually marry.
"I didn't really follow Ciara, but I had seen a documentary ... or read an article about her," she continued. "And I'm going to be honest with you. I did say something about -- I'm a mom I love my kid. And I'm like, 'Doesn't she have a kid?' So he and I had conversations about that."
Wilson shared the advice she gave him going for into the relationship.
"I look at my own situation and how I was born, and so I can't judge anybody," she explained. "So I said to him, 'OK, if you're really serious about it then you have to love that kid as if it were your own, even if that means that you give that kid your name.'"
"If you're going to be with someone who has a kid you can't treat that kid any differently than if it were yours," she continued.
Wilson's mom later added, "When it comes to Ciara, Russell loves everything."
Russell and Ciara, who have been married since 2016, also have a 2-year-old daughter, Sienna, and another baby on the way. The "Level Up" singer recently announced she is pregnant with her third child.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback has spoken about his role as a parent and his blended family before.
"The thing that I've learned the most is that being a stepdad, and then also having our little daughter as well, being a stepdad, you really find out what love's like," he told BuzzFeed last year.
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"It's interesting," he continued. "It's easy to love somebody that's blood and everything else, but when you can love somebody just like it's your own child and everything else, that's what real love is like."