Tuesday, June 28, 2022

‘Never Thought I Would Have Married A White Guy’ – Serena Williams

*When Serena Williams announced she was engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, many questioned and criticized her decision to settle down with a white man.

In a new feature for the New York Times, Williams, who is preparing to share her life in a new HBO documentary called “Being Serena,” talked about what remained important to her: that her spouse was kind, humorous and loving.

Williams, who shares daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. with Alexis Sr., told the publication that she is still surprised to this day that Ohanian, whom she married in November, two months after giving birth to their daughter, ended up being a fit for her.

“I’m an athlete,” she said. “He’s a business guy. I’m black. He’s white. We are totally opposite. I think we just complement each other. I think we understand hard work in different ways.”

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Source: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America
Alexis Ohanian, co-founder and executive chairman of the social news website Reddit, looks at her wife Serena Williams battle against Zarina Diyas, of Kazakhstan, during Day 4 of the BNP Paribas Open on March 8, 2018, in Indian Wells, California.

Williams has written about his experiences with racism, and she has spoken openly about the disrespect she’s dealt with in tennis because she’s a Black woman. So the Times asked her what type of message their relationship sent.

“Oh my God,” she said. “Literally all I tell Alexis is, ‘well, you know, there’s such a difference between white people and black people.’ He always gets to hear about the injustices that happen; that wouldn’t happen if I were white. It’s interesting. I never thought I would have married a white guy, either, so it just goes to show you that love truly has no color, and it just really goes to show me the importance of what love is. And my dad absolutely loves Alexis.”

But the deciding factor was the fact that Ohanian was good to her.

“Ultimately I wanted to be with someone who treated me nice, someone who was able to laugh with me and someone who understood my life and someone that loved me,” she said.

“And you know, I’m sure there’s other people out there,” she added. “But you know, Alexis is the one I connected with, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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