Tennis superstar Serena Williams and co-founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian are now engaged. A spokesperson for both Ohanian and Williams confirmed the engagement on Thursday. Ohanian, who is 33, asked Williams to marry him while the pair was in Rome on vacation.
Williams, who is 35 and this past summer became a 7-time women’s champion at Wimbledon to tie a record of 22 Grand Slam titles with Germany’s Steffi Graf, has announced that she was engaged to the Reddit co-founder earlier on Thursday on her Reddit verified account.
Reddit, the news website that is user-generated was co-founded by Ohanian in 2005 with Steve Huffman a college roommate.
Williams said that she arrived at home and someone had packed her bag and had a carriage waiting to take her to the airport for a trip to Rome.
She said the two returned to the same place in Rome that they first met in a chance meeting. Williams added that this meeting was by choice and when she arrived Ohanian bent down on one knee, proposed to her and she answered yes.
Ohanian shared his engagement announcement on his Facebook page saying that Williams had said yes and adding later that her response made him the happiest man on earth.
Neither the couple nor their spokespeople announced any wedding date.
It is reported that the two have dated since 2015. While they have been able to maintain a low profile with their relationship, compared to others that Williams has had, including with Common and Drake, she did post a photo on Instagram last month of she and Ohanian.
Serena is very good friends with Vera Wang the renowned designer of wedding dresses and shared a photo of the two a couple of weeks ago.
Six weeks earlier, it appeared that Ohanian was dropping a few hints about marrying Williams when he shared a verse from Corinthians.
Commenting on that wedding reading, Ohanian said he did not grow up in a household that was religious, but someone that he loves had sent him that passage recently.
Serena as recently as July of 2015 was seen making out with Drake.
Ohanian has been a Serena supporter on the tennis circuit since they met in 2015 and last summer congratulated her publicly on Instagram after she won Wimbledon.
Previously Serena has spoken about having a family saying she wants kids one day.
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