Serena Williams opened up about having to work at finding bliss in her marriage.
The tennis champion has been married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian since 2017 and they share a three-year-old daughter.
“He puts me in the light, even if I don’t want to be. He pushes me to further points I never thought about,” Williams previously said of her husband.
After three years of marriage, Serena Williams is finally giving fans a closer peek into her life with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. “Marriage is not bliss,” the tennis champion said in a recent Instagram Q&A video for Bumble. “But it can be if you work at it.”
The couple got married in 2017 and have a three-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. For Williams, commitment has been everything. “A dealbreaker for me in a relationship is definitely loyalty,” she said in the video. “Well, not having it, that is.”
And when asked about her advice to anyone dealing with heartbreak, she assured that it’s simply a part of life. “Whether it be a loved one, a boyfriend, or an animal,” she explained. “But time heals all wounds.”
Williams added she has “learned that love is an amazing feeling, and if you have an opportunity to feel it, then it’s a special thing. That’s been a lot of fun.”
The couple’s love story happened by chance when they first met while staying in the same hotel in Rome. They dated for over a year before announcing their engagement in December 2016.
In 2019, Williams told Allure that Ohanian lends to her shine. “He puts me in the light, even if I don’t want to be. He pushes me to further points I never thought about,” she said. “It always was something that I could see in some relationships—my light would be dimmer. Now I feel like I can shine really bright and still do everything that I want to do.”
Ohanian has also been open about their relationship, revealing that being present with one another has been the key to success. “I think if you were to ask my wife or many other people in relationships, it’s often the simpler things that are the most important. You have to show up,” he told Glamour in 2019. “You have to be supportive. These are the things that matter.”
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