As one of the world’s best athletes, Serena Williams is known for her precision. But even one of the greatest tennis players to ever live can make the same social media mistakes as the rest of us. Last week, Williams seemingly announced her pregnancy on Snapchat by posting an image of herself, captioned “20 weeks.” But when she quickly deleted the post, fans wondered whether it had been a mistake. Last night, at the TED2017 Conference in Vancouver, Williams cleared things up.
“Well, actually, it was an accident,” she told Gayle King in an interview. “I was on vacation just taking some time for myself. I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I’m going.”
King followed up by asking Williams whether she had meant to share the image with some people whom she is close to, rather than adding it to her Snapchat Story. But Williams clarified that that was not the case.
“No, I’ve just been saving it,” Williams said, later telling King that she has been doing so for every week of her pregnancy thus far. “I didn’t really tell a lot of people, to be quite honest . . . you know how social media is, you press the wrong button and . . . ”
Indeed, we do. But in this instance, the reaction was understandably swift. Williams described seeing a number of missed calls on that day: “And I’m like, that’s weird. And I picked up and I was like, oh no. But it was a good moment. I was going to wait, literally like five or six more days. But that’s okay.”
As always, she displayed a good-natured sense of ease and her characteristic poise. Something that is bound to come in handy soon, when she becomes a mom.
This story originally appeared on Vogue.
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