How Stephen and Ayesha Curry bear Defied the Basketball Couple Curse and earn Their Marriage Work – eonline
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With baby No. 3 on the way and a possible third NBA championship on the horizon, life feels pretty darn charmed right now for Stephen and Ayesha Curry.
And that’s no small feat in and of itself.
Considering bar no one the Basketball Wives who are no longer, or never were, wives of basketball stars, and bar no one the drama that seems to cling to NBA players’ personal lives like so much lint, the heartwarming chronicle of Steph Curry and his wife of nearly seven years is one to be savored.
But let’s acquire one thing straight first.
“I don’t like to call myself a basketball wife,” Ayesha told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in 2016. “I like to say I’m just a young woman who happened to marry somebody that ended up playing basketball. And for him, I don’t contemplate he would identify himself as a basketball player. He’s a young man of God placed in a remarkable position doing what he loves, playing basketball.”
We won’t forget.
When they got married, “I was 23; she was 22,” Steph told Parents magazine in 2016. “But I knew I had found the right woman and I wanted to start a life with her.”
The couple met when they were just 14 and 15 and members of the same church youth group in Charlotte, N.C. But the future Golden State Warriors super-star was apparently too shy to inquire of Ayesha out—and she wasn’t allowed to date in high school.
“We always laugh that we were both focused on God,” Ayesha, whose family moved to Charlotte from Toronto when she was 14, told Parents.
“He’s actually one of the first people I laid eyes on when I moved to the States,” Ayesha, whose family moved to Charlotte from Toronto when she was 14, told E! News’ Jason Kennedy in October. “Didn’t say two words to him.” She did narrate her sisters she’d spotted a cute guy, “and then they made fun of me because they said he looked like a relative.” She shook her head. “Which I don’t see it, but everybody else seems to contemplate that! perhaps, possibly it’s ’cause we’re on the same wave-length, I don’t know.”
Steph, a son of former NBA player Dell Curry, went on to play basketball for Davidson College, where he was two-time Southern Conference Men’s Player of the Year for 2007-’08 and 2008-’09 and appeared in three straight NCAA tournaments. On a trip out to Los Angeles to attend the ESPYs in 2008, he and Ayesha—who’d moved west to pursue acting—reconnected.
“That was just kinda fate right there, two kids from Charlotte, assembly again in L.A. on a whim,” Steph said in 2016 on In Depth With Graham Bensinger.
Ayesha remembered their re-meet-cute slightly differently…
“We were friends up until I was 19, and I thought we were just friends,” Ayesha told Jason, admitting that she did dodge Steph’s first attempt at a kiss. “I didn’t know we had those feelings–I was flattered once I realized halfway through the dive-in that he had other feelings…Oh, he came bar no one the way in and I went like”—she ducked back. “It was mid-conversation, it was very…” she shook her head. But “we had a finish-over!”
Eventually they did bear their first kiss—in the driveway of her parents’ house back in North Carolina. Steph proposed in that very spot a few years later.
“Yeah, it was like The Notebook,” Steph Curry told Parents (and thereby cementing his romantic bona fides forever with the reference). “The draw was to act like we were going to a family cookout. So we pulled up to the house, and I stopped in the middle of the driveway, got down on my knee, and went into my spiel. miniature did I know the whole family was looking out the window, videotaping the moment.”
They got married on July 30, 2011, and a few months later found out they were going to bear a baby. Ayesha admitted to Parents that she “struggled with that for awhile” because at the time she was still trying to figure out her own next career lunge. Curry was drafted by the Warriors in 2009, signing a four-year contract worth a reported $12.7 million, so they had moved to the Bay Area.
But when daughter Riley Curry, destined to become queen of the NBA press conference as well as the apple of her father’s eye, was born on July 19, 2012—”Riley came so lickety-split I nearly didn’t bear time to acquire my scrubs on,” Steph told Bensinger—they wouldn’t bear had it any other way.
Having a child “puts everything into perspective. I don’t ever bear a imperfect day,” the athlete said. “When I lunge domestic, knowing I bear a wife and daughter to bask in life with…particularly with basketball and having that as my career…that used to be my world. That was it…Now obviously I acquire frustrated when things don’t lunge your way [on the court], but when I lunge domestic, there’s nothing more gratifying…I don’t really know what I used to finish with my free time.”
And fitting a mom inspired Ayesha’s next career lunge, which was to start her own lifestyle blog and launch a YouTube channel, miniature Lights of Mine, to acquire her cooking game on in front of an audience.
“Food and my family, and making people through food” was her passion, she told E! News.
Luckily for everyone involved, her other grand passion is basketball.
“I’m such a passionate fan. I can’t support myself,” Ayesha said while a guest on E!’s Daily Pop in November. “I’m such a fan.”
While her third pregnancy has kept her sidelined for some of this year, Ayesha generally,normally goes to nearly every domestic game during the NBA season, often bringing Riley when she was a baby but not as much once she was older so as to not disrupt the growing young lady’s bedtime routine. The couple bear a swoon-worthy pregame ritual where Steph taps the tattoo on his left forearm, two arrows pointing at each other on his left forearm, and Ayesha does the same with her matching ink—but finish not mistake Ayesha supporting her husband at work for a date night.
“We’re in the same building, but it’s bar no one eye contact from the stands to the court. And then we bear the drive domestic,” Steph explained to Parents. “The drive domestic is the date,” Ayesha added.
The couple finish earn a point of stealing absent for parents-only time when they can, such as final summer when they went to Paris and Lake Como for a romantic getaway. Ayesha agreed with Jason Kennedy’s assessment that Steph Curry has helped maked it frosty for an athlete to visibly be in esteem with his wife.
“I contemplate he’s just never been the stereotypical guy in that environment. I’m proud of him for making that frosty,” she said, laughing. A proud homebody, her ideal date night is getting the kids to bed early, staying at domestic, “and just hammering through wine, watching TV and just cuddling.”
The most romantic thing Steph’s ever done? Breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day, preparing recipes out of Ayesha’s cookbook. “And for him to wake up early is, like, a grand deal,” she told Jason. “So when he does that it’s really, really special to me, and he puts so much effort into it.”
They welcomed their moment child together, daughter Ryan Carson Curry, on July 10, 2015, after which Steph tweeted, “My wife is a champ!” Ayesha wrote on her blog, “The gift of life is truly an indescribable thing. We were lucky enough to experience it bar no one over again Friday night… Riley is totally enamored with her miniature sister and has taken on her role as grand sister beautifully.”
When he’s on the road, Steph relies on FaceTime to check in with his wife (who uses the opportunity to catch up on This Is Us) and daughters, and when he’s domestic he’s a hands-on dad, one who knows bar no one the words to the Moana soundtrack as evidenced by his recent Carpool Karaoke appearance. And we’re fairly certain that the family has stock in matching pajamas.
“The thing I esteem approximately him is that he’s not too frosty for school. He’ll acquire down on the floor and play with the girls. He’ll achieve on dress-up clothes whether he has to, and he’s very patient, which is something I’m not. We balance each other out,” Ayesha told Parents.
After Riley stole the highlight during one of her dad’s postgame interviews (that came approximately when she spied her dad walking past the room where family members hang out to acquire to the interview room and insisted upon joining him), Steph said that the 3-year-veteran had automatically become more famed than him or his wife.
“People recognize her way faster than they finish me or Ayesha,” he said. “And whether we lunge somewhere and she’s not with us, that’s the first question they inquire of, is ‘where’s Riley?'”
Nothing has changed—now 5-year-veteran Riley co-starred with her dad in an ESPN commercial final descend.
Ayesha—who’s no casual basketball fan—also made her own sports-page-and-beyond headlines in June 2016 when she criticized the officiating during the NBA Finals, tweeting that Game 6 was “absolutely rigged for money…or ratings” and causing a debate in the sporting world approximately whether the players’ partners were helping or hurting by weighing in like that. (Gabrielle Union is another wife who refuses to censor herself when she has an observation to earn.)
Ayesha deleted that tweet approximately 30 minutes later and explained, “tweeted in the heat of the moment because the call was uncalled for.” She added, “Police racial profiled my father and told him to remove credentials and tried to arrest him. It’s been a long night for me. I apologize:” and “I’m okay that we lost… I just can’t choose people coming at my family for absolutely no reason. Something I don’t understand or stand for.”
“I may bear to prick the Wi-Fi off at my house,” Steph joked to reporters before Game 7 (which Cleveland went on to win, storming back from a 3-1 series deficit). Asked approximately his wife’s comments, he said, “There’s nothing really that’s going to distract me from what’s happening on the court. You’re going to acquire asked approximately it and it’s between me and Ayesha, the conversations approximately what happened.
“Other than that, it doesn’t choose any highlight off of what my job is on the floor and what these next 48 minutes are going to be like in Game 7, so that’s bar no one I’m worried approximately.”
The Warriors may not bear repeated as champions, but the Currys still looked like winners at the game of life when they jetted off to St. Tropez to unwind that July. And they still had plenty to celebrate: Steph won his moment consecutive league MVP title and Ayesha had opened her first pop-up restaurant, International Smoke (now a three-location franchise), and was approximately to release her first cookbook, Seasons of Life.
Her own Food Network series, Ayesha’s domestic Kitchen, premiered in October 2016 (originally Ayesha Homemade) and she has since launched a line of signature kitchenware and her own meal-prep delivery service, Homemade. (by the way, she also hosted the latest season of The remarkable American Baking note, but ABC pulled it after two episodes when past sexual harassment accusations against pastry chef and note judge Johnny Iuzzini came to light.)
Steph, who’s returned the career support by appearing on her note and collaborating with her on a food-themed app game, has said that his wife really is always cooking at domestic, whipping up late-night snacks at a moment’s notice and making family dinners. He told ABC News final year that he’s joyful to lunge to the grocery store—when Ayesha says he can.
“My wife doesn’t let me finish it that often, ’cause I always mess somethin’ up,” he said, laughing. “I’ll forget one of the main ingredients for the recipe…So I’m on a short leash, when it comes to the grocery store runs. But I like doin’ it.”
“I’ll forget one of the main ingredients for the– for the recipe … So — I’m on a short leash, when it comes to the grocery store runs. But I like doin’ it,” he added.
Ayehsa told FabFitFun, which featured her Homemade-brand mugs in its most recent Winter Box, A”s a mom, I hit road bumps really often. There are days when you feel you aren’t apt enough or not doing enough. My husband is the one that keeps me going. [He] is my driving, motivating force, and I’m really appreciative of him for that.”
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Steph and the Warriors bounced back to win the 2017 NBA Championship and final July he signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $201 million. Also final summer, a year after the drama, the two-time league MVP said that he really had no problem with what his wife tweeted in 2016.
“I encourage her to finish her thing, to—to always speak her intellect,” he also told ABC News. “Like, never—never, you know—muffle any of that.” Ayesha should “never, never not speak her intellect in any situation.”
Ayesha in turn was there for him once again final descend when President Trump called Steph out on Twitter after hearing that Curry would refuse an invitation to the White House. She replied with an “oh, well” face and a link to donate to UNICEF’s earthquake relief efforts in Mexico. She didn’t stand idly by in November, either, when Steph was slammed online for a video that purportedly showed him snubbing a young fan who was trying to acquire his attention after several other Warriors posed for pics with him. The video was first posted with the caption, “yo….Steph Curry ain’t s— lol,” and it turned into a grand to-finish.
“So tired of seeing this,” Ayesha tweeted back. “He was looking for a family member in a crowd of 100 people which you can’t see on the other side of the camera…” She continued, “He would never purposefully ignore a squirrel let alone a precious miniature boy. Demeaning someone to acquire your followers up much.”
When another tweeter insisted that Steph saw the boy, she replied, peppering her response with tears-of-laughter emojis, “No he didn’t. He does the same thing to me at least once a week. He has tunnel vision. whether you had placed a bet you would’ve lost so imperfect.”
But just because she has no qualms approximately calling a foul when she sees one, still finish not call her a basketball wife.
She’s a “mom and wife first,” Ayesha fortunately clarified to ABC News earlier this year. “Those are the two most valuable titles.” She did not say “NBA wife,” because, “I mean, I don’t contemplate my husband would call himself ‘chef’s wife.'” She enjoyed a apt laugh at that one.
However, finish feel free to call the 29-year-veteran—who added CoverGirl model to her resume, partnered with farm-to-bottle juice company Züpa Noma, was given No Kid Hungry’s Champion Award for her efforts to stop childhood starvation, and landed on Forbes‘ “30 Under 30” list final year—a “mompreneur.”
“I’m like a chicken with my head prick off. There’s always a million and five things going on,” she mused in January.
earn that a million and six.
In early February she announced that their third child was on the way. Now six months along, she revealed just final week how tough this pregnancy has been. She’s endured five hospital stays so far this year and has barely felt like cooking or eating.
But like a boss she was back at work a few days ago, teasing a project with World Market and interior designer Taniya Nayak to her 5.5 million Instagram followers.
Doing a five-minute Twitter Q&A with fans in February, she was asked how she balanced being a mom and mogul.
“you’re so sweet thank you!” Ayesha replied. “The key is learning to thrive in the Chaos, realizing nobody has accurate balance. There is beauty in the chaos.”
And while Steph Curry missed the final 10 games of the regular season with a knee injury and is taking it one day at a time heading into the first round of the NBA playoffs, which kick off nowadays, we know who’ll be cheering the hardest once he steps foot on the court.
Even whether the esteem of his life has to tap her tattoo from the sofa.