Serena Williams is now engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian


Here’s the thing: I love Serena Williams and I follow gossip about her and I had no idea that she was in a serious relationship with a dude named Alexis Ohanian. Serena’s got an interesting dating history – she’s dated everyone from Drake to Common (they were engaged) to her coach Patrick to Grigor Dimitrov to Amar’e Stoudemire and more. She’s learned how to keep it private, although Us Weekly is I-told-you-so-ing all over the place, claiming that they knew Serena and Alexis were dating way back in October 2015. Anyway, Serena and Alexis are a thing and they have been for some time, obviously. He’s the co-founder of Reddit and he’s 33 years old. Serena is 35 years old and one of the greatest athletes of all time (if not THE greatest). And now they’re engaged! Serena posted this on Reddit, in a thread titled “I Said Yes.”

“I came home / A little late / Someone had a bag packed for me / And a carriage awaited / Destination: Rome / To escort me to my very own “charming” / Back to where our stars first collide / And now it was full circle / At the same table we first met by chance / This time he made it not by chance / But by choice / Down on one knee / He said 4 words / And / isaidyes”

Ohanian responded to her poem and wrote: “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.”

[From Reddit]

I creeped (crept?) on Serena’s Instagram and I could only find the one photo of Alexis (the header pic), then I creeped (crept?) on Alexis’s Instagram and I did find a few more indications that they were in each other’s life (he was at Wimbledon this year, and he often posts Serena’s media-related things). Still, they kept this pretty low-key. I guess I like it. I don’t really know how to feel. Happy? Sure, I’m happy for her. I wonder if Venus gets along with this guy. I wonder where they’ll make their home (Florida? New York?). I wonder if Serena is making plans to get married and retire. Hm.

Our queen stopped by center court today. 👑 So proud of you, @serenawilliams. 22 looks good on you. #Wimbledon

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  1. BradyIsBack says:

    I’ve been a long-time Serena (and Venus) fan — just love everything about their story and I am happy for her. As an “older” bride — meaning, I got married after dating many fools in my 20s and early 30s) — I cosign this wholeheartedly. It also shows that celebrities can date off the radar when they choose to do so (I’m looking at you Taylor Swift). I also love that the Daily Fail commenters are loosing it over there.

    • Megan says:

      Congrats to the happy couple. But Serena, please, please, please don’t retire. Your fan girls love you.

    • nitesh says:

      I know it’s bit late but lol!! tell that lie to someone who don’t know her or else ask Patrick or the guy with black heart ( i think you know what I mean ). I get it you are a fan good for u she is great as a tennis player but do not shade others or off the topic puns on them it’s not even her post , and happy new year!!

  2. Minxy says:

    Get yours, girl. Congratulations to the couple.

    • Pix says:

      Except she didn’t get hers, she helped herself to someone else’s boyfriend. Her name was Sabrinya and she was blindsided. Serena’s not fully to blame because Alexis decided to trade up and forgot to inform his longtime girlfriend. But there is evidence that Serena’s not above trolling the ex on social media. I love Serena’s tennis game, but her love game is suspect. https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/objectifyyourbae/?hl=en

      • TheSageM says:

        Oh wow, thank you for the link.

      • Ramona says:

        Where did you hear that Sabrinya was played? And are you sure she is not just a bitter ex?

      • Odette says:

        I don’t know. They weren’t married; if you fall for someone else, you fall for someone else. He broke up with the ex because he fell for someone new. That is why most people date, instead of going the fundie route (marry the first person you date).

      • velourazure says:

        Yeah, but he wasn’t single either. It’s always a little suspect when a person is in a relationship and jumps ship only AFTER they meet the upgrade (talking to you Justin Theroux).

      • Nicole says:

        I did read that the girlfriend did not know of his new relationship. This is also speculation, so congrats? Her name is Sabriya Stukes, microbiologist. They met at college and were together for quite some time.

      • African Sun says:

        Men do this all the time. Not surprised.

        Love Serena regardless and wish nothing but the best for her.

  3. lightpurple says:

    So happy for them.

  4. Odette says:

    So happy for them!

    As for the gossip part, Serena just proved that we all have our strengths and weaknesses. That poem (giggles). We were joking yesterday that it is a fine example of Vogon poetry,

    But most importantly, Congrats Serena and Alexis!

  5. limber says:

    Apparently he dumped his ex girlfriend Sabriya Stukes for Serena…her twitter feed is interesting…Anyway, i hope it turns out well…

  6. Eva says:

    There are earlier Instagrams w clues too. For example, 49 weeks ago–Australian Open. Serena also commented on some of his other instagrams around that time.

  7. yuck says:

    Serena’s probably near the end of her singles career, but could go on with doubles for years yet. There’s a lot less pressure (and attention) in doubles, and that might make for a very nice segue into married life. I confess I was blindsided by this announcement, but I’m thrilled for her. He sounds like a nice guy who’s happy to let her have the spotlight.

  8. Ramona says:

    Alexis was all over different subs when the news broke. Its so cute. He is clearly euphoric. Anyway, they didnt consciously hide it going by what he wrote. They have been to Dolphins and Redskins games together. She has posted group pics with him (and Colton Hayes! Who is apparently one of her closest friends!). He has been in the players box next to her family actually wearing a a branded reddit hat. Remember one of her answers to that 72 questions series is that her favorite app is the Reddit App? He has posted a costume party pic in which their costumes kinda sorta match. I dont know, maybe the signs were there but we werent looking? I feel like we still dont watch for interracial unions for some reason. Kinda like when you see Gerard Butler walking with a black lady and DM tags her as her friend when every white woman within five feet is always tagged as a gf.

    Also, Serena set up that ISaidYes sub months ago. In fact they are both moderators. Meaning this has been super serious for awhile.

  9. Anon says:

    Bad case of doing the thick eyebrow trend wrong.

  10. Fiorella says:

    There are a lot of pics of her with a variety of bad eyebrows. But in the chair pic here her eyebrows are perfect. Never heard of this guy, is he as rich as she is ?

    • Ramona says:

      She – 80million. Him -5 million. But he is a tech geeek who co-created and co-owns reddit and you never know how that could be monetised in the future. He also has his fingers in a bunch of futurology type ideas and you never know with that either.

      • Fiorella says:

        Thank you. Oh I thought he sold it all. Yes never know with that for sure.

      • Susan says:

        I read that Serena is more in the $150 million range so she is significantly richer. His net worth is relatively low for being the founder of a successful tech company because Reddit sold themselves fairly early on (to Condé Nast I think?) before they were a huge success. So they sold cheap. Oh well, that’s the name of the game..sell early while you can or wait to sell and maybe get nothing.

        He’s a young guy though and still in charge over there so he must be bright and well respected. And $5 million is nothing to sniff at.

      • Nicole says:

        He also owns a travel website and another one. The name escapes me and I’m too lazy to Google.

  11. OhDear says:

    Wishing them the best of luck!

    Though… I think she could do better. Wasn’t he involved in Victoria Taylor and Ellen Pao’s (throwing her under the bus) firings at Reddit?

    • LB says:

      Yes. He also didn’t let his ex girlfriend know he had already moved on with Serena before they broke up. Whoops.

    • Lisa says:

      This is the problem though. She’s 35, if she could have done better it should have been 5 years ago. Not meaning to be a debbie downer but the reason many women hit 40 with no kids or husband in sight is because they believed they “could have done better” when in reality they simply never got picked or they were too frikken picky. :/ Also, dating all the wrong guys in the prime years or being too busy to date a decent guy, it all works against success

  12. Fiorella says:

    It gives me some faith in humanity that a rich man will marry a normal looking woman who is also muscular and not petite

    • Kitten says:

      She is beautiful and also very rich as well though. If you mean that it’s nice to see a rich guy who is marrying a woman who is strong and successful in her own right, then yes I suppose I do agree with you that it’s not the norm.

      • Fiorella says:

        More the physical… I mean so many rich men seem to want a petite woman often with plastic surgery or the kind of facial features requested for it. And then the woman is dumped for a younger model. Beauty is the the eye of the beholder but I see her has more average looking and NOT the body type you see most millionaires marrying

      • perplexed says:

        I don’t think she fits a conventional beauty mold preferred by Hollywood, but I don’t think I would ever classify her body as average either. That kind of body is not owned by mere ordinary mortals. She must have 0 percent body fat on her and there’s a lot she’s accomplished with that body.

        I might say she’s unconventional for what we’re used to seeing from, say, Leonardo DiCaprio, though.

        I do think men in the tech industry seem to prefer accomplished women. Mark Zuckerberg married a doctor and Steve Jobs and Bill Gates both married smart educated ladies. The preference for conventional looking models seems to be more of a Hollywood thing. Tech nerds seem to have a different type.

      • emilybyrd says:

        I think all the rules go out the door when you have someone who’s basically a superstar, like Serena is. She is an icon–not just in tennis, but in sports. She’s also generally a pretty decent person, from most reports it seems, and a role model for women. Someone that special and accomplished… he should feel lucky she even looked his way!

        But all that aside, she’s muscular–yes. And she’s attractive, too.

    • daisy says:

      Apparently she is the catch, since she has more money. A lot of men look for that in a mate.

      • Fiorella says:

        I thought they didn’t! There was another study England I think was the source just this week about how success is definitely intimidating to men

      • Korra says:

        You have to take those studies with a grain of salt. I once read a longitudinal study that found a changing shift in men marrying women from either lower class or lowering pay jobs or lower education to marrying their equal in education, income and socioeconomic backgrounds. Just from my experience, all the successful men I know tend to marry women who are their equals…but that doesn’t negate the fact that there are men who prefer a woman who makes less.

      • Backstage Bitchy says:

        She is The Catch because she is Serena Fucking Williams! She is a SUPERSTAR. I cannot believe all these comments, by WOMEN, implying Serena is lucky this successful tech guy can tolerate her “muscular” body. She is one of the best athletes of all time. She is a decent person. She is extremely wealthy. HE is the lucky one.

    • Hfsni says:

      Yeh a bunch of ppl are pointing out how tiny he is. There was even a top 10 things to know article that pointed out that even though hes thin framed he is taller…sad its the first thing ppl thought about.

      • Fiorella says:

        I didn’t know he was “tiny”! He is very normal looking to me. i definitely prefer this type to say Chris Pratt or mark walhberg

    • LOLADOESTHEHULA says:

      I’m sure it wasn’t your intention but this comment sounds shady as hell.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Uh, i don’t see her as “normal looking”… in these photos, she is undeniably stunning. IMO.

      • Lalu says:

        Yeh, she is far from normal or average. She is awesome, gorgeous and strong. I would think she could get tons of men if that was what she wanted.
        Good for her. He looks cute in the bear outfit. I like to hear happy news like this!

  13. ichsi says:

    Very good looking couple. I wish them luck!

  14. QQ says:

    Miss Black Excellence 2016 over here about to get even MORE money and(high low key) Influence than she already had! GO OFF Richard and Oracene’s Very Black Very Popping Daughter!

    I can’t wait for the wedding quiet slayage

  15. BJ says:

    When were Common and Serena engaged? I have read and seen dozens of interviews with both of them and neither one has ever said they were ever engaged.

    • AmunetMaat says:

      They dated for a couple of years and were engaged for I think one of those years, then they did one of those break up and got back together briefly but I think Erykah Badu messed him up with that type of commitment so they broke it off. That had to be back in 08 or 09 maybe before then.

  16. Hiddlesgirl85 says:

    I’m happy for Serena!! Wish her and Common had worked out. 😭

    Just to clarify, Alexis is worth about $4-5 million; for those who are saying that he is a “rich” man (relative term in this case). He sold Reddit before it blew up. And Serena is worth close to $100 million, if not more. I hope that she gets a tight prenup!!!

  17. Racer says:

    Love celebrity relationships that are under the radar and them wham! They are engaged or get married. Congrats to them!

  18. Kri says:

    All happiness to the Queen…she is an amazing woman.I love Serena.

  19. me says:

    What she can’t be married AND play tennis? Your life is not over when you get married. She’s still in her prime and can play Tennis for many many years yet.

  20. Sage says:

    Her eyebrow situation has been a mess for awhile now. I hope she gets them sorted out before the wedding photos.

  21. Rico Shew says:

    If they have kids they’ll save a fortune on not having to pay for tennis lessons.

  22. Rina says:

    Congrats Serena and Alexis! 💍 I am happy for them.

  23. Kath says:

    Just a warning folks, for the love of god – do NOT read the comments on this story on the Daily Fail. I thought I had seen the worst of human nature when it comes to comments on the Obamas, but all the racist scum out there have outdone themselves.

    I really don’t know how Serena has maintained her composure over the years with this sort of hate. People suck.

  24. The Original Mia says:

    Very happy for her and Alexis.

  25. DesertReal says:

    I love love love this!
    Her poem even got me choked up.
    Mazel tov to the beautiful couple!

  26. African Sun says:

    Serena is that B! Love her and so happy for her.

  27. bogos says:

    In this current us climate where strength and independence is expected and the opposite maligned, I would rather have her looks and abilities than be dainty. Also to ward off very dominating suitors.