Without a doubt, Steph Curry is an inspiration on and off the basketball court. The 29-year-old was born in Akron, Ohio, to Sonya Curry (née Adams) and former NBA player Dell Curry, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the time. Steph was brought up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Dell spent 10 years with the Charlotte Hornets from 1988 to 1998. Dell often took Steph and his younger brother Seth to Hornets games so they could shoot hoops with his team during warm-ups. The Curry family briefly lived in Toronto, Ontario, where Dell closed out his NBA career.
After Dell's retirement, Steph returned to Charlotte and enrolled at Charlotte Christian School, where he was named All-Conference and All-State and led the Knights to three conference titles and three state postseason appearances. He wanted to be like his father, but the Virginia Tech Hokies only offered him a walk-on spot due to his below average height and weight. He eventually decided to attend Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, since they forcefully tried to recruit him since he was a high school sophomore. Davidson College isn't a well-known college, but he overcame his adversity to become one of the biggest stars in basketball.
Like other successful men, Steph has a successful woman behind him. Ayesha Curry (née Alexander) is a Toronto native who was his longtime girlfriend before tying the knot on July 30, 2011. The lovable couple have two daughters: Riley (born 2012) and Ryan (born 2015). Here are 15 surprising facts about Steph's marriage to Ayesha.
15 Their First Meeting Was Nothing Special
Let's start off with how Steph and Ayesha first met.
The couple met when they were teenagers at their church youth group in Charlotte, but it wasn't a story of two people who fell love at first sight. "We were just kids," Ayesha told People. "He was the cute boy at church that all of the girls were obsessed with, so I made a generalization that maybe he wasn’t for me."
Steph also commented, saying, "I don’t remember the exact first day I saw her...There was no wind blowing in her face with a backlight."
For all the glamour and glitz of professional basketball, Steph and Ayesha didn't meet at the prime of their careers. There was no candlelit dinner, lavish gifts and yacht rides. They were just two teens who happened to meet at their local church. They were nothing special, which pretty much explains why they're fairly humble.
14 They Reconnected After High School Via Facebook
After graduating from high school, Ayesha relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an acting career. While Steph was in L.A. for basketball camp, he sent her a Facebook message to ask her if she wanted to hangout with him. "She tried to play me off, saying we could hang out another time if I was ever back in town," Stephen told The Charlotte Observer. "She didn’t know I was coming back the next week."
The basketball player and aspiring actress had their first date in Hollywood. They drank chai tea lattes and took pictures with Marilyn Monroe statues. Steph was still attending Davidson College at the time, so Ayesha returned to Charlotte, where the pair officially started dating. Ayesha continued her acting career with roles in the TV series Whittaker Bay and Hannah Montana. Steph decided to make the next move to the NBA a year after a prominent Elite 8 season with the Wildcats. "I thought I was going to New York," Stephen confessed. "They had the 8th pick, but I went 7th to the Golden State Warriors. I don’t know what would have happened if I’d gone to New York. It was nice to have that decision made for us."
13 Steph's Proposal Was Very Unexpected
Stephen had a secret plan to propose to Ayesha.
The special day remains very vivid for the both of them. Ayesha planned to host a housewarming party at her new apartment in Charlotte. She told The Charlotte Observer, "We were going to go to his sister’s volleyball game and then come back here. He showed up dressed really nice with a fresh haircut and cool sunglasses. I was like, 'Wow, look at you!'"
After the volleyball game, the couple stopped by Steph's family house to pick up the board game Pokeno. He suddenly stopped as they walked up the driveway. "He asked me if I knew where we were standing. It was the spot where we had our first kiss,” she recalled. "He pulled me close and started saying all these sweet things and then dropped down on one knee. I was in a state of shock."
"She looked at the ring and asked if it was real," Steph laughed. "The next thing I knew, people were screaming from inside the house. All of our family was inside waiting, it was awesome!"
12 Ayesha Revealed Something Her Husband REALLY Loves About Her
Sometimes, men prefer that certain things about them be kept private. Recently Ayesha revealed something that Steph may have preferred to remain between the two. While hosting a syndicated talk show called "The Real" recently, Ayesha revealed one of Steph's favorite parts about her. With all the lovely assets Ayesha has, the answer was a little surprising: “My husband really loves my feet,” Ayesha admitted. “So, when he says to send nudes, he gets a picture of my bare feet!”
The couple is usually very careful about what they share, so it was a little surprising that Ayesha shared that info, even though it all seemed to be in good fun. In this day and age though, when something gets out, plenty are going to run with it, as a certain 'actress' did afterwards.
11 Mia Khalifa Has Been Trolling Curry Over That Revelation
— Mia Khalifa (@miakhalifa) October 16, 2017
Steph has yet to respond to her posts, and he likely won't. Fortunately, his wife is probably going to take care of that for him.
10 Ayesha Had A "No Athletes" Rule
While Steph was making a name for himself in the basketball, it would seem that Ayesha would be well aware of the fact. But she had absolutely no idea. She didn't grow up as a sports fan. "I didn’t know what the ESPYs were,” Ayesha told People. "My parents found this paper from my high school theater class where you had to write down what you wanted in a significant other," she recalled. "At the bottom, it said, 'No athletes, because they’re arrogant.'"
Despite her self imposed "no athletes" rule, Steph somehow changed Ayesha's mind. "She really didn’t know what I did at the time," he told People. "It was pretty refreshing." Ayesha turned him down at first, but she eventually agreed to give him a chance. She picked him up in her 1995 Astro van for their first date hanging out on Hollywood Boulevard. She then realized that her preconceived thoughts about athletes were wrong.
9 Ayesha Said 'I Love You' First; Steph Didn't Say It Back
Steph and Ayesha's relationship wasn't all sunshine and rainbows.
Shortly after her first date with Steph, Ayesha felt some rejection from her then-boyfriend. "I told him I loved him first and he said, 'I feel like I love you too, but I don’t want to say it unless I’m sure because I just want to be sure that when I say it, I really mean it,'" she told People. "I had to get in my car and drive home. I was crying."
A couple of months later, Steph finally said "I love you" back to Ayesha while both of their families were spending time with each other on Christmas. "We were watching a movie and he turned to my ear and he said, 'I love you.'," she recalled. "Mind you, my parents were sitting right there. His parents were sitting right there. Our siblings are sitting right there. I was trying to sit and watch the movie, but I was freaking out. It was so special because I knew he meant it."
8 The Couple Has Matching Tattoos
Yes, Steph and Ayesha have matching tattoos, but they're not just similar, they're also a part of their pregame ritual before Warriors games.
Steph's warm-up has reached a mythical status. Fans have been arriving early just to watch his warm-ups, which include natural half court makes and a speedy ball handling drill. While fans enjoy watching him warm up, he obviously has to practice in order to get physically and mentally ready for games. He also practices a pregame ritual with his wife.
In an interview with Parents magazine, the couple talked about how they have a ritual that's centered around their identical inks. "We have matching tattoos," Steph told Parents. "This signifies the past is behind us and the future is in front of us, so we stay in the middle, in the moment. I smack my tattoo and she does the same." Ayesha added that the ritual is also a reminder for Steph to have fun in the game because his job should be fun.
7 Ayesha Put Her Acting Aspirations On Hold To Start A Family
Interesting fact: Ayesha had to put her acting aspirations on hold to start a family.
The majority of couples want children sometime after getting married, but for the Currys, their first child came as an unexpected surprise. Ayesha was just 22 years old and figuring out what her career path was going to be. Shortly after she tied the knot with Steph, she found out she was pregnant with Riley, who was what she described as a "borderline honeymoon baby." She was forced to put her acting aspirations on hold for a while, which caused her to struggle in terms of personal choices.
As a new mom, Ayesha learned a lot of things that she didn't initially expect from the world of parenting. It's certainly not easy, especially in the beginning. Young parents have more disadvantages than advantages, but it appears that the couple has been raising their daughters right.
6 Riley Counts How Many "Sleeps" Until Steph Gets Home
Long distance relationships are never easy, but today's technology has worked wonders for the modern-day romance.
In an interview with Parents magazine, Steph said that FaceTime helps him stay connected with his wife and daughters. He told Parents, "I feel like I'm at home even though I'm not. My girls get to see me, and Riley is at the age where she asks where I am and when I'll be back, counting down how many "sleeps" until Daddy gets home."
Communication is a key component in any relationship, especially in long distance relationships. It's important to keep in touch throughout the day, even if it's just a simple text with a smiling emoji. It should be simple to stay connected with modern technology. Apparently, Steph and Ayesha have proved that they define "relationship goals" because they haven't let cheating rumors and feelings of jealousy affect their marriage yet. They're still going strong, despite the obstacles.
5 The Couple Has Rules When It Comes To Social Media
Social media plays an important role in our daily lives. Both Steph and Ayesha are active on social media such as Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. However, it's sort of true that a lot of parents struggle to find a balance between their public and private lives. Yet, the couple has rules when it comes to social media—and for good reasons.
When asked about his social media rules, Steph responded to Parents magazine, saying, "We'll just show each other a photo and ask, "Should I post this?" We know we're in a different situation than most people, but we want to share stuff that's meaningful and not have to be guarded. But there is a balance. We keep certain moments to ourselves, so it's a memory just for us."
Steph and Ayesha are simply checking in with each other before posting tons of photos on social media. After all, couples who overshare on social media can ruin their own relationship in many ways without knowing it.
4 Ayesha Finished Her Degree After Getting Married
Yes, Ayesha became a young mother at the age of 23, but she has made a name for herself in the culinary industry. She hit the books following a 10-day honeymoon in Bora Bora. She finished her business degree online and is now a celebrity chef and cookbook author.
While it's clear Steph is a two-time NBA champion, Ayesha has also made her own career slam dunks. She's far from the typical basketball wife. She wrote a best-selling cookbook titled The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith and the Joy of Eating Well. She currently stars in her own Food Network series Ayesha's Home Kitchen and owns a pop-up restaurant called International Smoke in San Francisco, California.
Steph occasionally joins Ayesha in the kitchen of the family home and on her televised cooking show. He seems to be supportive of her career choice because she built a career around one of her favorite hobbies.
3 Riley Doesn't Know That She's Famous
Steph and Ayesha's oldest daughter Riley became a viral sensation. Unless if you've been living under a rock or you're a Houston Rockets fan, you've seen Riley steal the show during her father's MVP press conference in in playfully taunt reporters during Steph's MVP press conference in May 2015. She sparked a minor controversy after singing "Blessings" by Big Sean featuring Drake and trying to talk to her dad. A two-year-old caused a lot of media members to overreact about the league's rules when it comes to the workplace.
Though Riley is obviously a star, she has no idea that she's famous. Ayesha told ESSENCE that her daughter has no clue how famous she is. Not only that, she reportedly wants to keep it that way because her daughter's personality has already made her sassy enough. She likely doesn't want her little girl to grow up too fast and go off the deep end.
2 The Couple's Drive Home Is The Date
It's not a surprise that Ayesha goes to almost all of the Warriors games to watch Steph play. She used to bring Riley to those games, but now, she leaves her at home more often because she thinks it's important to keep her daughters on the same schedule every day.
When asked if her date was getting to watch him play, Ayesha laid down the law to Parents Magazine, asserting, "The drive home is the date." Steph added, " It's not a date night. We're in the same building, but it's all eye contact from the stands to the court. And then we have the drive home."
Ayesha is a new brand of a basketball wife. She graduated from college, created a cooking empire and captured a NBA star's heart. She's more than just a lucky lady who was only chosen because of her attractive looks, stylish outfits and fashionable shoes. She's able to stand her ground and separate work from her personal life.
1 The Couple Doesn't Appreciate The #RelationshipGoals Hashtag
It's clear that Steph and Ayesha are winning at life. The NBA star and Food Network chef first met when they were teenagers attending bible study at a local church and dated for three years before saying "I do" at the exact same church. They're both successful in their own rights. They're also one of the power couples who define #RelationshipGoals. Despite that, they don't appreciate how the hashtag is constantly thrown around on social media.
Steph and Ayesha have maintained an unbreakable bond over the years, but they don't necessarily support their fans putting their own lives on hold. Steph told People magazine, "I don't like people looking at someone else’s image...We want to represent the right things because that's who we are, but we don’t like when people say '#RelationshipGoals' and stuff. I want people to understand they have to live their own lives the way they want to and not just do what we do."
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