What makes Rob Gronkowski so great? Well, the obvious fact that he's a professional football player isn't the only reason why lots of people admire the New England Patriots tight end from afar. Those people are probably aware that he likes to party on a regular basis. But the question we just asked is so open-ended that not even Gronk himself has an answer for that.
Former Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui left New England via a trade for Saints defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and got to experience life in New Orleans, Louisiana, also known as "The Big Easy." However, Hoomanawanui had some nice things to say about Gronk, like, "He does miraculous things … on a daily basis.” Sometimes it will be an absurd one-handed catch in a game. Sometimes he will bounce off a defender, or make a defender bounce off him, in practice. He mauls linebackers, outruns cornerbacks, and catches passes with safeties dangling from him like earrings."
Gronk is an important part of the Patriots team, so why don't we know a whole lot about his personal life? Does he have miraculous powers to successful play hide and seek with the paparazzi or does he simply live a low-key life where he doesn't want to share information that gets passed on to the masses? We'll break it down for you in this list on his current relationship with a smokin' hot blonde chick, whose name happens to be Camille Kostek.
Check out these 15 little known facts about Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek's relationship.
15 Kostek Is A Former Patriots Cheerleader
Rob Gronkowski has been known as a playboy for quite a while and his flirtatious actions have worked its wonders on women on and off the field.
Camille Kostek is one of those lucky ladies who have been sought after by Gronk when he's not catching and blocking passes. But did you know that the blonde beauty is a former New England Patriots cheerleader who cheers on the Patriots? Yeah, that's right.
Kostek was a Patriots cheerleader for two NFL seasons and left the cheerleading squad after that.
Some fans wondered if she was forced to leave the squad due to her "more than friends" relationship with Gronk, but she shut down those possible rumors and asserted to NESN, "I kind of relate myself to Vince Wilfork ... There wasn’t a better way to close it out.”
Speaking of careers, we'll tell you more about what she's doing at the moment because she seems to be quite the intelligent woman. With Gronk's NFL career seemingly only having a few seasons left (he's hinted at retiring early) we wonder what will be in store for the couple if they stay together once Gronk hangs up his cleats. Could they be on their own reality show?
14 Kostek Is Now A Model
Today, Kostek is a swimsuit model who most recently posed for the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition in Belize, an independent commonwealth nation situated on the eastern coast of Central America.
Kostek appeared to be eager to trade in her pom poms for designer bikinis. The 26-year-old was one of six finalists standing for the #SISwimsuitSearch, a contest in which Sports Illustrated fans can cast their votes online to help the magazine choose the new scantily clad rookies for the 2019 rookie class.
Kostek told Fox News that she has always envisioned herself as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and believed that the magazine offered an empowering message to women.
Kostek said, "If I didn’t think I could be here, I wouldn’t do it ... It’s been such a refreshing, exciting time for me to model and be represented by a company that embraces women of every shape and size. It’s been so nice to not have that pressure to change just to be on a runway show or photo shoot. That’s exactly what I stand for as a woman and a sister."
Kostek added, "I just want to send the best message possible to women. And I’m just so thankful because I honestly never thought I could model. I’ve always been told I wasn’t tall enough, I wasn’t thin enough. It’s motivating when someone tells you it’s possible to do something that seems impossible.”
13 The Couple Has Had An On-Again, Off-Again Relationship
If you were looking for a happy-go-lucky type of relationship between the pair, you might want to look at another media outlet because Gronk and Kostek have had an on-again, off-again relationship dating back to 2015.
The pair pretty much kept things casual for the first few weeks after being spotted together outside of Gillette Stadium.
However, Kostek started sharing photos and videos of Gronk in the months that followed and that made a lot of her followers wonder if the cheerleader-turned-model was very much in love with the well-known tight end.
Kostek took things to another level when she started wearing the No. 87 on her jerseys to Patriots home and away games, and of course, she hung out with model and beauty queen Olivia Culpo, who's the second most popular Patriots WAG at the time, in a box in the stadium. Culpo isn't dating wide receiver Danny Amendola anymore, but it was nice that Kostek got to befriend such a gal.
At least Kostek is back with Gronk after reportedly taking a break to start seeing former American Idol winner Nick Fradiani in early 2016. Hopefully, the couple's on-again, off-again relationship will start to show positive signs and continue to stay that way.
12 Gronkowski Celebrated His 28th Birthday With Kostek
As you can tell, Gronk and Kostek continue to keep their followers guessing their relationship statuses, which likely keeps all of them busy since it gives them something to do in their spare time.
Some people even wondered if Gronk is off the market after photos and videos of him celebrating his 28th birthday with Kostek were uploaded to the internet. Of course, Gronk is a fan favorite among Patriots fans, but outrageous headlines pertaining to his personal life are often speculated by tabloid sources like TMZ and the New York Post's Page Six. Perhaps he's starting to mature in order to become a grown man? But we'll let you develop your own opinion based on what you think of him.
Apparently, Kostek refused to talk about Gronk in an interview with the New York Post in September 2017. Kostek stated, "I’ve learned I don’t want to be quoted [about Gronk] anymore ... This is the year of Camille ... It’s been refreshing to have it be about me.” But the aspiring television reporter really can't hide the fact that she attended Gronk's 28th birthday party, which happened to consist of two parts. We'll discuss the second part in the next entry.
11 Gronkowski Also Attended A Wedding With Kostek The Same Night
Here's the second part that you've all been waiting for.
Gronk also attended a friend's wedding with Kostek by his side on the same night of his 28th birthday.
Both parties posted snaps of both occasions to their Instagram stories, but didn't make any social media appearances for a while after that special weekend.
However, Kostek talked to the New York Post about attending a wedding with Gronk during a Sports Illustrated open casting call. Kostek said, "It was super fun and that was for one of his best friends, Orlando [Vargas]. They went to college together [at the University of Arizona], and it worked out because that was just a quick hour-and-a-half flight for me to get to Arizona. It was nice to see him, see the families, all the friends again. It was just a really fun time.”
Kostek also addressed the breakup rumors with a simple statement to the New York Post.
“I’ve quickly learned that everyone has their own two cents, and I just kind of let that stuff roll and let the people talk. At the end of the day, the people that matter know what’s the truth ... When I talked to the people that are important to me, I was like, everyone knows the real truth.”
We're glad that the pair had a lot of good times that will likely become good memories to cherish for the years to come. We wish them the best of luck because they'll probably need it.
10 Kostek Is Still A Patriots Fan Regardless Of Her Relationship Status
Yeah, you read the entry's headline correct. Kostek will still be a Patriots fan regardless of her relationship status with Gronk or any other guy, for that matter. After all, she hails from Killingworth, Connecticut, and CT is a state that's located in the New England area.
Kostek has posted many photos and videos of herself on her Instagram page in Patriots gear in the past. So it's safe to say that she has been a Patriots fan for quite a while and not just a female bandwagon fan who only roots for a team because of their recent accomplishments...or their boyfriend plays for a team.
According to Heavy.com, Kostek remains a big fan of the Pats and even attends their road games...when she has the time, that is. We're glad to hear that this stunning NFL WAG continues to be herself even with the minor fame that she's currently soaking in as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Her modeling resume—which also mentions an Ambassador/Model position at Benrus—will probably continue to grow as time goes by, but at least she'll remember where she came from.
Plus Kostek looks pretty darn good when she sports the Pats' red, navy blue and white.
9 Kostek First Went Public With The Couple's Relationship
In case if you were wondering, Kostek was the one in the on-again, off-again relationship that initially spilled the beans on the couple's relationship in its early stages.
TMZ.com first broke the story with a straightforward title that read "Rob Gronkowski dating ex-Patriots cheerleader" and reported that multiple sources told the website that the skilled tight end was dating a really hot former cheerleader.
Kostek then confirmed to the Boston Globe that the couple were in fact an item, saying, "Rob and I have been seeing each other. We’re both super busy right now. Obviously he does a lot and I do a lot." That was a fairly vague statement that was followed up with another tip-based report by TMZ.com that the couple were 100% not dating. But then again, TMZ is TMZ and it's better to hear the actual statements made by the parties in stories like these instead of falling for any story that comes your way.
In a more recent interview, Kostek told the Boston Globe, "We first got in touch once I resigned from the team ... I always knew who he was before I was even a cheerleader. I knew who he was on the roster. I just never paid any mind. Once I resigned is when we finally met.”
8 Kostek Once Used Gronkowski As A "Human Water Ski"
Gronk's future with the Patriots has been in doubt since February 2018. Why's that? The then-28-year-old told media members following the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII that he'd sit down for at least a couple of weeks to see where he was at. The Patriots coaching staff had no comment on the players' thoughts.
“I’m not going to speak for anybody else,” head coach Bill Belichick told ESPN.com. “So, conversations I’ve had with the players — and I’ve had a lot of them — I will keep those private between myself and the player. I respect those coach-to-player conversations. I don’t want to speak for anybody else.”
Turns out, Gronk did decide to return for the 2018 NFL season after all. But in his stages of constant question marks, he reunited with Kostek and so far things have been looking up between him and his on-and-off flame. Perhaps he'll change his mind. Who knows?
Oh and Kostek posted a video to her Instagram story of herself and her Pro Bowler beau splashing around in a pool. The blonde stunner referred to Gronk as her "human water ski" in the caption of the video, which was appropriate because he's big and strong—both inside and out.
7 Kostek Was A Communications Major At Eastern Connecticut State University
Unless if you don't like change and believe that all (yes, all) women should stay in the kitchen, you're probably going to believe that Kostek is one of those NFL WAGs who have worked towards their own careers before meeting their football player lovers.
Like we've mentioned earlier in this list, Kostek is a current Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and former Patriots cheerleader, but she's much more than a beautiful babe who can rock swimsuits on pristine beaches in various countries around the world.
She was a communications major at Eastern Connecticut State University, and because of her field of study, she has been able to dabble in reporting and anchoring for a couple of television networks including ESPN and Dirty Water Media.
That's pretty cool for a former cheerleader who cheered for her local (and favorite) team from the sidelines for two years and got the chance to watch her team win a Super Bowl in one of those years. She's far from the average blonde, which shall call for a positive signal that she's likely going to continue to do some meaningful things in life even after she wraps up her modeling career in the future.
6 Both Are Good Dancers
This shouldn't come as a surprise, but both parties are good dancers on the dance floor...or wherever they may be dancing.
As we mentioned earlier, the couple attended a wedding on the same night of Gronk's 28th birthday. Kostek reportedly said that Gronk was a fun dance partner just days after her man's birthday and wedding celebrations came to an end.
In fact, Gronk was such a fun dance partner in Kostek's opinion that he apparently just rips his shirt off when he gets too hot after busting a move or two...and kisses his girl on the cheek. We're definitely sure that Kostek enjoyed every second of Gronk whether he was sultry or sweet or somewhere in between because he's Gronk and there's a lot of females out there who would be more than happy to take her place if it was possible to do so.
It's always a great thing for one party to be fit, but when both parties are fit, then life will be good because the couple is going to spend less time worrying about health issues and more time focusing on the nice things in the present. Keep up the good work, Gronk and Kostek!
5 Kostek Had To Explain Gronkowski's History With His Favorite Number
You may not be aware of this fun fact, but Gronk has a fascination with the number 69 and it's not because of that one reason, so get your head out of the gutter and continue reading this entry.
Gronk added to his premature #ThrowbackThursday celebration and spoke of his days at Woodland Hills High School in Churchill, Pennsylvania. Gronk's high school coach Chuck Swierski recalled to WPRI, "So we’re playing a home game and we have 68 points — now it’s not a blowout, but it’s not a particularly close game either ... So he [Gronkowski] gets fouled and goes to the free throw line. He hits the first one to get us to 69 and the place goes nuts because he’s playing into it. On his next free throw, he purposely chucks the ball off the backboard and misses so the score would stay at 69 and then runs back on defense pointing at the scoreboard.”
Kostek also confirmed Gronk's fondness of the number 69 on Barstool Rundown and explained, "Rob told me he’s been saying ’69’ since he was a little kid and I thought that was a total exaggeration ... He goes, ‘Ask my mom.’ I said, Fine, I’ll ask your mom.’ His mom came over, I asked his mom, and she said he’s been saying '69’ since he was three years old. This isn’t a new thing. This has been going on and on."
4 Gronkowski Left A Wild Comment On Kostek's Instagram Photo
The question "Is Rob Gronkowski dating Camille Kostek?" will probably generate a response of a definite "yes" right now.
And if you're still unsure of the couple's relationship status for whatever reason it may be, check this out: Gronk recently left a wild comment on one of Kostek's Instagram photos, which was deemed as "NSFW."
April 22nd was Earth Day and Kostek decided to get on Instagram to honor the so-called holiday with a photo of herself in Malibu, California, and suggestively tagged Gronk.
And, as the majority of us expected, Gronk wrote a suggestive comment to his gal pal that said "Can't wait to snuggle where I got tagged!" So it's safe to say that Gronk has never had an issue flirting with the 26-year-old model or any other gorgeous female for that matter.
Though, the Patriots and their fans probably wish that Gronk would cool his jets on social media and put some more focus on football because of his injury history. We don't blame them since Gronk is still a young, dominant tight end who has the potential to become one of the greatest players of all-time in the future. But Gronk also loves to have his fun.
3 Kostek Embraces Her Body
Life after professional cheerleading hasn't been so bad for Kostek, who is super busy as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, Equinox fitness ambassador and Dune Jewelry collaborator.
In an interview with Haute Living, Kostek dished on her experiences as a former Patriots cheerleader as well as her new title as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. Kostek also went in-depth on a real topic of body image, recalling, "When I was young, the way I was brought up, my mom made me feel comfortable in my own skin. I discovered Sports Illustrated when I was 15. As women, we can’t help but compare ourselves, but when I saw the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, I found a model I could relate to. The girls were stunningly beautiful, but all of the girls looked normal. I wanted to see a model who had hips, thighs and freckles like me."
That being said, Kostek appears to be a down-to-earth girl who just wanted to be accepted for who she was—curves and all of the good stuff. Hey, at least she's flaunting her hot bod for real reasons to help boost the self esteem of young women and not just to get her 15 minutes of fame.
2 Gronkowski Got A 29th Birthday Dance From Kostek
Although Gronk and Kostek have been coy about their relationship in the past, there's no longer any lingering doubt that the pair were officially a item.
The couple recently soaked up the sun in a Jamaican getaway trip to celebrate Gronk's 29th birthday. As usual, Kostek posted a series of photos from their trip to her Instagram account and even referred to Gronk as her "stud." But you might've missed the steamy video of her dancing in a tiny red swimsuit and eating a watermelon slice for an audience of one and that lucky man was—you guessed it—Gronk. Gronk apparently enjoyed the little show his girl put on for him, but his clapping on the end was sort of off-key. Oh well, no one is perfect so we'll give Gronk an "A" for trying his best.
Jamaica is a lovely island on the Caribbean Sea and Kostek certainly made the experience more beautiful for Gronk in more ways than one.
Bottom line is, it's important for any partner in a relationship to find ways to impress their significant other while having fun with them at the same time. A jovial relationship prevents detrimental issues such as straying away from your partner.
1 Gronkowski's Future In Football Is Up In The Air
As we've mentioned earlier, Gronk sat down to think about his next steps in football and then confirmed that he was going to return for the 2018 NFL season following a discussion with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
But still, we don't know all of the details regarding Gronk's future in football. Well, at least not yet. At a motocross event in April 2018, a Gronk in head-to-toe motocross gear reportedly refused to dish out any dirt on his football future.
Aside from the retirement rumors, there has also been a flurry of offseason trade chatter and Gronk's name has often been mentioned by many reporters. Patriots owner Robert Kraft learned how to tune out the loud noise and told Around the NFL, "Look, things can change, but I've been dealing with this for 24 years ... It's always something. My job is to try to keep things cool, have continuity and attract the best people. And we've done OK over the last 24 years from where we were the [previous] 35. I can't predict everything that is going to happen. There are acts of God. Anyone could be in a car accident, so we have to develop contingency plans for everything -- coaching, players. But I'm optimistic about the future."
If Gronk does decide to hang up his football cleats in the near future, he might want to consider putting a ring on it and looking forward to his post-football life with Kostek.