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One look at tennis champ Naomi Osaka, 25, and rapper Cordae, 25, and it’s hard not to be like, "OMG, they are too cool together." Yep, they are a power couple in more ways than one. Their confidence in their crafts, personal styles, and activism is honestly empowering. So it only makes sense why they’d gravitate towards each other.
The couple started 2023 off with a bang, sharing some really big news on social media: Naomi is pregnant!
But before getting into all of that, let's do a quick review: Naomi has four Grand Slam titles, earned a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and stars in a Netflix documentary. She’s also shown her support for the Black Lives Matter movement and stresses the importance of mental health. Cordae, meanwhile, is a rising voice in the rap scene, earning two Grammys noms for Best Rap Album (The Lost Boy) and Best Rap Song ("Bad Idea"), and is also an outspoken advocate for social justice. NBD.
The pair have been dating since the beginning of 2019, give or take. They keep details of their relationship pretty close to the chest—totally understandable given the spotlight they’re in together.
"We were dating for almost a year before people knew about us. So we kind of move very reclusively," Cordae told GQ. "We don’t really post intimate moments, because I feel as though they’re sacred."
From the few glimpses the couple has shared with the public, it’s clear their relationship is founded on mutual respect for each other’s talent. He goes to her tennis matches; she goes on tour with him. You truly love to see it.
If you want to dive a bit deeper, here’s what to know about Naomi Osaka and Cordae’s relationship timeline:
April 2019: Dating rumors start to swirl.
TMZ Sports first caught wind of the budding romance, especially after Naomi posted an Instagram video joking and posing with Cordae in front of a mirror.
June 2019: Naomi competes at the 2019 U.S. Open.
Before they met, Cordae wasn’t a big tennis fan. Like, he didn’t know anything about the sport besides Serena Williams' name (who Naomi just so happened to beat in the 2018 U.S. Open, thank you very much). The 2019 U.S. Open was actually the first tennis match he ever watched—but it def wouldn’t be his last.
July 2019: Cordae confirms he’s dating Naomi.
In a radio interview with HOT 97, Naomi’s name came up as Cordae’s rumored mysterious, famous girlfriend. "That’s my girl," he replied. He then told the story of how they met and their first date at a Los Angeles Clippers game. And get this—at the time, Cordae had no idea Naomi was a literal tennis star.
When asked how long they had been together, Cordae admitted they had been secretly dating for a while. "Uh, a long time," he told one of the hosts. "To be honest, a little while, but we just kept it hidden for a while, kept it quiet. I don't really like to go to public with my personal life, but if you just ask me [whether she's my girlfriend], it'd be disrespectful to her if I said 'Nah,' at this point."
December 2019: Naomi and Cordae go public.
In a nod to their first date, Naomi and Cordae went back to the Staples Center for—you guessed it—a Clippers game. It was their first public appearance together, and the cute photos of Naomi resting her head on Cordae’s shoulder all but confirmed the relationship.
September 2020: Naomi competes at the 2020 U.S. Open.
When GQ asked Naomi what the most romantic thing Cordae had ever done, her answer didn’t involve any rose petal-covered tablecloths or beachside dinners (although they’ve done that, too). When her dad, her usual cheerleader, was unable to travel to the U.S. Open due to the pandemic, Naomi was crushed. She turned to Cordae, who ended up flying out to support her. "I feel like he actually really helped me win just, like, keeping up the motivation," she said.
The pair also used the tournament to make a statement: Naomi wore masks with the names of Black victims of police brutality, and Cordae donned a "Defund the Police" tee.
February 2021: They appear on the cover of GQ’s "Modern Lovers" issue.
The pair opened up during a joint GQ interview where they talked about bonding in quarantine, supporting each other, and the importance of having shared perspectives. It’s also accompanied by a cute video where Naomi and Cordae quiz each other about their favorite things and relationship memories. And every picture from the photoshoot? Gorge.
April 2021: Cordae releases his EP Just Until…
In his new EP, the song "Dream in Color" includes a line that might remind you of someone special: "My girl would forfeit a tennis match to meet my grandmama / Man, she truly a keeper."
July 2021: The couple has date night at the ESPYs.
The ESPY Awards marked Naomi’s return to the spotlight after removing herself from the French Open and Wimbledon to take care of her mental health. (In her announcement post, supportive BF Cordae commented: "No need to apologise to ANYBODY!".)
But this time, she wasn’t alone—she had Cordae by her side. And they were looking good. Oh yeah, and Naomi went on to win Best Athlete in Women’s Sports and Best Athlete in Women’s Tennis.
September 2021: They attend the Met Gala together.
And what a fashion statement they make together. Here's the evidence:
What better way to show your love than going to the *event* of the year with your boo?
2022: They travel together and she posts a pic on IG.
Naomi is noticeably pretty low key about their 'ship, but she did take a minute to shout out her "best friend" and post a cute pic together on Instagram.
"S/o my best friend. You cool or whateva 🙄😩😂," she captioned the photo.
January 2023: Naomi is pregnant!
Yep, the tennis legend dropped her news on Twitter in mid-January, and said she'd be skipping out on the entire 2023 season, per ESPN.
"I realize that life is so short and I don't take any moments for granted, everyday is a new blessing and adventure," she tweeted on Jan. 11, accompanied by an ultrasound photo. "I know that I have much to look forward to in the future, one thing I'm looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, 'that's my mom,' haha. 2023 will be a year that'll be full of lessons for me and I hope I'll see you guys in the start of the next one cause I'll be at Aus 2024."
This is going to be one very musically-talented and athletically-gifted kid. Congrats, Naomi and Cordae!
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