There’s something so special and heartwarming about seeing your favourite athlete or celebrity acting like an ordinary human in a regular relationship. When we think athlete, we often imagine some super human who is unbreakable and unstoppable. It’s difficult to picture them as anything other than a jersey number or a game-winning play. Athletes dedicate most of their life to their sport. They work day in and day out to get better and improve on every level. Most professional athletes have been practicing their sport since they were teenagers, and some even younger. From basketball to football, tennis and golf, every single professional athlete has made multiple sacrifices in their personal lives for the game. Fans see the athlete that the media wants them to see. It is the strong man or the fast woman who appears on your television screen, not the silly or tired person.
Standing behind the professional athlete you can find their entire support system. A person who commits to becoming an athlete’s life partner is also committing to their strenuous schedule. They’re committing to the athlete’s wins and losses. They’re committing to having their personal space ultimately invaded by both fans and paparazzi. When you’re in a relationship with a professional athlete, it’s hard to keep anything a secret. From the crying fits to the "back" scratches and nose-picking, everything is caught on camera. You’ll find it is actually pretty funny to see a professional athlete caught off guard and vulnerable. Here are 20 super awkward photos of athletes with their partners.
20 Tom Brady And Gisele Bündchen
New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, model Gisele Bündchen have had most of their relationship shoved into the spotlight. The beginning of their relationship in 2006 was plagued with controversy because of the timing surrounding it and the fact Tom Brady was going to be a dad soon. Brady’s supermodel wife almost left him over the drama, but she stuck it out and now they share two beautiful kids together and have an excellent co-parenting relationship with Moynahan. Bündchen supports all of Brady’s endeavours and cheers him on through every football game.
During the Patriots’ devastating Super Bowl LII loss, Bündchen was Brady’s shoulder to cry on.
Everything from what they wear to bed to how much their actual bed cost is covered by the media. We know when they purchase a mansion and we know when they sell that house. We even get to know how much they sell if for! Nothing is safe for this couple, not even a cab ride home after a pleasant night out apparently. This quick snap of Brady and Bündchen is clearly not staged, and the cab driver looks nervous to have even taken the picture. But he just couldn’t resist.
19 Tristan Thompson And Khloe Kardashian
Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian began dating Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson in 2016. We all know what happens when she dates a basketball player, but everyone had hopes things would be different this time around. Kardashian started visiting Thompson a lot in Cleveland and things were going well, despite the fact Thompson’s ex-girlfriend was pregnant with his son.
In 2017, Kardashian confessed to being in love with Thompson to Extra saying, “I mean, I am in love with him. I think he’s, like, the best. And yeah, so I hope so. Only time will tell.” They shared many special moments together, even dressing up as Khaleesi and Khal Drogo for Halloween. In December, Kardashian’s pregnancy with Thompson was officially confirmed after months of speculation. Just a couple of days before Kardashian gave birth to their baby girl, video surfaced of Thompson having a bit too much fun without Khloe! The scandal seeped into Thompson’s professional career, as well. Cavaliers fans started booing him during the NBA playoff games and he was pushed to the bench for being too great a distraction to the team. It seems Kardashian may have taken Thompson back, but who knows how long she can stay strong.
18 Caroline Wozniacki And David Lee
Who better to check if your swimming trunks are okay than your beautiful tennis star fiancée? We’re not exactly sure what Caroline Wozniacki is checking former NBA player, David Lee’s shorts for, but let’s just hope it’s not too nasty. Wozniacki and Lee started dating at the beginning of 2017, and became engaged in November. Before Lee, Wozniacki was engaged to golf star Rory McIlroy, but he decided to break up with her over the phone. Wozniacki was crushed, but now she’s paired with good-looking basketball star and can actually wear high heels when she goes out with him.
The 27-year-old Danish tennis player is currently the number two tennis player in the world. And no doubt Lee has a lot to do with that. When Wozniacki started dating Lee, her career significantly improved. The couple train together and he’s there cheering for her the whole way. Lee played for the Golden State Warriors from 2010 to 2015 before he got traded to the Boston Celtics, but he ultimately retired from the NBA in November 2017. Though the couple isn’t as high-profile as others in the sports world, a lot of their financial assets are made very public, including her massive engagement ring and his fancy car habit.
17 Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are notoriously funny and carefree with their relationship. It’s no secret these two lovebirds enjoy having lots of fun together; that is when they have free time. The Miami Heat baller officially married the actress in 2014, after dating for 5 years with a brief split in 2013 due to “distance and scheduling,” according to Union. They are often referred to as “couple goals,” and are one of the most adorable couples in the NBA universe. Wade and Union have had their share of relationship problems, including infidelity scandals and ex-wife troubles. However, they always seem to pull it together and stay close. Their troubles became very public when Wade’s ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches went super personal in her tell-all book claiming Wade beat her and cheated on her. Wade now has sole custody of his two sons with Funches, Zaire and Zion.
This image may not be Wade and Unions most picture-worthy moment, but it’s cute nonetheless.
Wade may seem uninterested as he rolls his eyes, but pay no attention, he’s very much in love with her and she him. “He had wisdom that comes with facing an insane amount of adversity. He's sweet, funny, honest about his shortcomings,” Union said in an interview with Glamour.
16 Ronda Rousey And Travis Browne
When two MMA fighters get together, things have got to be pretty intense. Looking at this awkward image of former UFC fighter and current WWE wrestler Ronda Rousey and her UFC fighter husband Travis Browne things look a little tense. Her worried expression and tight grip on his arm appear to be the aftermath of an argument. But no problem, all couples fight. Rousey and Browne’s relationship is stronger than ever. The two fighters were married at a ceremony in Hawaii in February 2016.
Rousey has been very transparent about her personal struggles in life, including how she felt after her devastating and UFC career-ending losses. When her reputation as UFC biggest star faded away, Rousey was completely crushed. It was Browne who helped put her back together. In an interview at the Wild Card West boxing gym with Hollywood director Peter Berg, Rousey recalls the moment, “I did a whole lot of crying, isolating myself, (Browne) held me and let me cry and it lasted two years. I couldn’t have done it alone.” Rousey has described her quiet, intimate wedding to Browne as, “the happiest day of her life.” Recently, Rousey has found success with the WWE, but after her attack on Stephanie McMahon, Rowdy Ronda’s days seem numbered.
15 Stephen And Ayesha Curry
Steph Curry is one of the greatest NBA players out there right now. He’s had a lot of success in both basketball and his relationship with his wife, Ayesha Curry. The media has portrayed this cute couple as, “the happy couple that has endless fun together.” The NBA’s Cory and Topanga met at a church in 2002 but didn’t officially hit it off until years later when they met up in LA. Steph and Ayesha were constantly talking on the phone and messaging each other. She was there for him and not his basketball skills. The pair were married in 2011 in the same church they met at years before.
When Ayesha isn’t busy maintaining the Curry household and chasing down their two daughters, she works as an actress and a cook. Ayesha and Steph work hard together to keep a normal life going at home when all the crazy is just waiting to bust the doors down. They aren’t one of those celebrity couples with a ton of rumours and drama buzzing around them. They’re sincere and super classy. Recently, they made an appearance on The Ellen Show and had no problem playing all of Ellen’s silly games. The Curry’s announced in February that they are expecting their third child.
14 Aaron Rodgers And Danica Patrick
What happens when you put Green Bay Packers’ quarterback together with a star race car driver? Apparently, you get deer caught in a headlight. At least, that’s what they look like in this awkward picture. Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick confirmed dating rumours in January 2018. Though their relationship is still quite fresh, they have been very busy. Together, paired with Starkey Hearing Foundation, Patrick and Rodgers took a mission trip to Zambia to help provide those in need with hearing aids. During the trip, they also touched down in India and met the Dalai Lama!
Patrick described Rodgers on The Rachel Ray Show as, “He’s funny, he’s very kind, he’s thoughtful, he’s super smart and he’s really good at football. And he’s tall and he’s big, and I like that.” Before dating each other, Rodgers was in a serious relationship with actress Olivia Munn and Patrick was tied to NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Now, Patrick and Rodgers spend as much time together as possible, and even though before dating Rodgers the entire Patrick family were diehard Chicago Bears fans, Patrick is now a full-time Packers’ cheerleader. Her father, though, threatened to totally tackle Rodgers the first time he met him.
13 Isaiah Thomas And Kayla Wallace
These two are so mushy together, it’s often sickening. Current Los Angles Lakers player, Isaiah Thomas is totally and completely in love with his now-wife, Kayla Wallace. He describes the day the two were married as, “by far the best day of my life,” and she called it, “absolutely magical.” They said their “I Dos” in August 2016, in front of other NBA players and athletic figures, like Floyd Mayweather.
Thomas and Wallace refer to each other as their other half and dated for quite some time before they became married.
Wallace and Thomas are the epitome of a great successful relationship. They prove things don’t have to be serious all the time. Together, they share a son and Wallace also helps raise Thomas’ son from a previous relationship. Thomas takes his fatherhood responsibilities very serious. Being a good father is more important to him than being a good basketball player. He once stated, “If all I’m remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I’ve done a bad job with the rest of my life.” His boys refer to him as “the greatest basketball player,” so he seems to be doing an okay job with them this far.
12 Serena Williams And Alexis Ohanian
Superstar tennis player, Serena Williams and Reddit cofounder, Alexis Ohanian are definitely one of the most unlikely couples out there right now, but they make it work. When the couple first met in 2015, Williams was not interested in Ohanian and tried to get him to leave her alone by telling him there was a rat at his table. But that didn’t scare Ohanian away. According to reports, prior to meeting, Williams had no idea what Reddit was, and Ohanian never saw Williams play a match. Ohanian was so naïve about the sport, he made a big oops by sharing a photo of Williams committing a foot fault during the first match he attended.
Their first official date involved a six-hour stroll through Paris. From there, they were pretty much inseparable. A year later, Ohanian knew he wanted to be with Williams forever. He admitted to Vanity Fair, “I felt like a door had been opened to a person who made me want to be my best self.” Ohanian proposed to Williams in December 2016, and Williams found out she was expecting their first baby in January 2017. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in September 2017 and the two were wed two months later.
11 Paul George And Daniela Rajic
What’s an NBA player to do when he gets a dancer pregnant and then gets caught trying to pay her to stay away? Oh, you know, just get her pregnant a second time. Well, at least that’s what Oklahoma City Thunder player Paul George did with Daniela Rajic. PG13 met Rajic in 2013 when she danced at Tootsie’s Cabaret in Miami. At the time, he was in a relationship with Clippers’ coach’s daughter, Callie Rivers. A short time later, Rajic announced she was pregnant with George’s baby. George relly wanted her to stay away, but she persisted. She would later give birth to their first daughter, Olivia.
After a paternity suit and a custody agreement, George and Rajic decided to be cordial for the child’s sake. I guess they made things work out really well, though, because a few years later, Rajic and George announced they were expecting their second child together. He probably didn’t try to pay her to go away this time, since he shared an awkward SnapChat of Rajic in labor at the hospital with the caption, “Let’s do it.” Rajic has since given birth to the couple’s second beautiful little girl.
10 Jay Cutler And Kristin Cavallari
We’re not too sure that spot on the boat is big enough for former Chicago Bears’ quarterback, Jay Cutler and his reality star wife, Kristin Cavallari, but if it works for them, that’s great. Cutler started dating Cavallari in Fall of 2010 and they became engaged less than a year later in April 2011. Cavallari rose to fame in MTV’s reality show, Laguna Beach, but she now makes her name known as a successful fashion designer. The cute couple got married in June 2013, and work really hard to keep their marriage strong.
Cavallari admitted couples therapy saved their marriage.
She stated, in an interview with US Weekly, “I’ll be the first to admit it - especially with three little kids! It’s hard. You have to make time for each other and try to get out of routine here and there. It’s much easier said than done. It really is difficult sometimes.” Fortunately for the couple and their three kids, they have been able to make things work. After retiring from the NFL, Cutler signed on to become a FOX Sports commentator, which Cavallari appreciates. The couple will also soon be featured in a new reality show for E! Network called “Very Cavallari.”
9 Chris And Adrienne Bosh
The massive height difference between former Miami Heat player Chris Bosh and his wife Adrienne is shocking. Bosh comes in at 6-foot, 11-inches and tiny Adrienne stands at 5-feet. This awkward picture shows just how strange this couple looks together. Adrienne appears to be Chris’ second child. The Bosh’s were married in front of 300 guests at an extravagant $300,000 wedding in 2011. Shortly after they committed their lives to each other, all sorts of drama about Adrienne’s sketchy past started coming out of the wood works.
Adrienne has been called everything from a jersey chaser and homie hopper to a straight-up gold-digger. It became common knowledge that Adrienne had dated multiple other basketball players before settling with Chris. Rapper, Lil Wayne even came forward claiming Chris’ wife once scammed him out of thousands of dollars by sleeping with him and then telling him she was very sick with cancer and needed money for her treatment. Even after learning all about Adrienne’s history, Chris stayed faithfully committed to Adrienne and accepts “falling for that groupie-love.” The two share a total of five children together and stay busy doing traditional family things, like taking trips to the pumpkin patch and cooking food together.
8 Kevin Love And Kate Bock
Kevin Love, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, loves having fun with his stunning supermodel girlfriend, Kate Bock. They have no shame in their Halloween game and enjoy taking things to the next level. You’d think a five-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model would prefer something more revealing for a couple’s Halloween costume, right? Well, not for Bock. She and Love surprised everyone at LeBron James’ annual Halloween party in 2016 when they showed up as Lloyd and Harry from Dumb and Dumber.
Love and Bock have been together since the Summer of 2016 and going strong ever since. Bock has been called Love’s muse and inspiration. When the two started dating, the Cavaliers’ started playing better than ever, and lots of people attributed the success to Bock’s presences in Love’s life. When they first started dating, Bock and Love had to make things work on a long-distance basis. Bock was constantly travelling back and forth for work, so she’d stop off to see Love on the road whenever she could. Bock has been nothing but supportive toward Love’s basketball career and publicly expresses her feelings for him whenever she gets a chance. In a post to Instagram, Bock shared, “Incredibly beyond proud and ecstatic for this FIVE TIME NBA ALL-STAR !!!!”
7 LeBron James And Savannah Brinson-James
King James shares a wonderful relationship with his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson. Since the two were teenagers, they have been inseparable. Savannah was there for LeBron before LeBron became the NBA superstar he is now. She stood by his side during the difficult times and the endless training. The pair were married in 2013 and share three fantastic kids together. LeBron James, Jr. is already a shoe in to becoming the next NBA superstar and he’s only 13-years-old. Many home videos showing LeBron Jr. playing basketball went completely viral on the internet, and college scouts are already vying for his attention. Savannah and LeBron wish for him to focus on being a kid first and future NBA player second, though.
Husbands love to take a good look at their beautiful wives every now and then, but when the look gets caught on camera, things can get embarrassing.
And when it looks like your buddy is also getting a good look at your wife, things become even more awkward. But LeBron and Savannah probably just shook off this funny shot and moved on with the rest of their life. After all, they’ve got plenty to handle with their kids and their family charities, they don’t need any added drama.
6 Russell Wilson And Ciara
The look on the two fish out of water’s faces says it all. We know celebrities have a life outside the spotlight, but who knew the R&B singer had fishing in her blood. When Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson started dating Ciara, people were stunned. After all, they both just ended serious relationships with other people. Ciara ended things with her fiancé and son’s father, rapper Future, and Wilson filed for divorce from Ashton Meem, his wife of two years. Neither Wilson nor Ciara were expecting to find love again so soon, but their connection couldn’t be denied.
“I remember telling my friend the kind of guy I wanted: a God-fearing man with a very fun spirit who loves kids and would really, truly care for me. I was very specific because I do believe you can have it all,” Ciara confessed in an interview with People. Wilson and Ciara met in 2015 and were married a year later. A lot of people criticized Wilson and Ciara for moving too fast. Even her own fans accused her of trying to replace Future with Wilson as her son’s father. But the couple held on to their Christian faith and refuse to listen to the cruel criticism.
5 Carmelo And La La Anthony
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Carmelo Anthony and television personality/actress La La were one of the NBA’s “IT” couples when they were going strong. Their chemistry was undeniable, and they enjoyed shared the most intimate pictures with fans. Since they are on the outs right now, this photo is pretty awkward. After being married to La La for over seven years and sharing a child together, many stories about Carmelo’s behaviour went public.
A source close to Melo’s new woman vented all the juiciest details about the relationship. Her name is Mia Angel Burks and she met Carmelo in Chicago while he was there for NBA draft press. After seeing each other multiple times, Burks found herself pregnant with Carmelo’s baby. La La understood the life of an NBA’s wife wasn’t going to be easy and that many ballers weren’t exactly walking the straight and narrow, but she didn’t expect her husband to go and do that. In April 2017, La La and Carmelo became separated. Carmelo was reportedly spending time with Burks and their now-born child. He seems committed to his second family, but as of February 2018, Carmelo shared he’s still in love with La La. He posted to his social media accounts, “MINE FOREVER!!! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO MY WIFE.”
4 Ryan And Lauren Tannehill
Miami Dolphins’ quarterback, Ryan Tannehill shares his life with a green-eyed beauty named Lauren. After Ryan was drafted to the Dolphins in the 2012 draft, people started paying a strange amount of attention to his wife, too. During the Dolphins’ successful HBO special called “Hard Knocks,” that showcased the team during training camp, Lauren oddly appeared in every single episode. Ryan and Lauren made a strong connection while they were attending the same college and became engaged shortly after graduating. They were married three months prior to the start of his NFL career, when he was just 23-years-old.
Ryan was criticized for marrying so young, but he shut the haters up by simply pointing to his wife and saying, “Can you blame me?… I found the woman I love. I’m set.” Lauren quickly became the NFL’s sweetheart. In 2014, she found herself at the center of headlines when she accidentally left their $2,000 AR-15 rifle in the backseat of a rental car… oops. While this was not a crime, and the couple legally own the gun, it sure did cause some commotion around Dolphin fans and the rental car company. Since then, the Tannehills have moved past Lauren’s embarrassing moment and are living happily with their toddler son.
3 Russell Westbrook And Nina Earl
When Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook proposed to his college sweetheart, Nina Earl, he wanted the whole world to know. The couple announced their engagement, in 2014, to the world on Instagram by sharing this photo showcasing the massive diamond on her ring finger. The $700,000 6-piece elongated cushion cut ring was made by Jason of Beverly Hills. Nina, without a doubt, said yes to Russell and the two were married the following year. On their one-year anniversary, Russell shared a photo of the wedding on Instagram with the caption, “One of the best days of my life with the most beautiful women in the world. I'm thankful to be able to share the rest of my life with you.”
Both Russell and Nina played basketball for UCLA when they started dating each other.
Together, they started the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, and pride themselves on helping kids realize their dreams are possible. Just last May, the couple welcomed their first child to the world, a boy named Noah Russell Westbrook. The adorable boy is said to resemble his father and if he’s anything like his athletic parents, I’m sure he’ll be making a name for himself as a basketball player one day, too.
2 Michael Jordan And Yvette Prieto
The thought of basketball legend Michael Jordan doing anything caught off guard is laughable. However, even superstars must do ordinary things like drive their wife around. Obviously neither Jordan nor his wife Yvette Prieto were prepared for this photo and it did not capture their good sides. In April 2013, the former model married MJ in front of 500 guests and another 1,500 people joined the newlyweds to celebrate during their reception. Prior to the official commitment, Prieto signed a prenup for Jordan to protect his $650 million fortune.
Jordan, reportedly, took a huge financial blow during his divorce from his ex-wife Juanita Vanoy; it was called one of “the largest celebrity divorce deals in history.” Prieto and Jordan first met in a Miami nightclub and she’s lived with him since 2009. Jordan and Prieto share a pair of twin girls together, along with Jordan’s three children from his marriage to Vanoy. The couple isn’t considered young anymore, Jordan is 55-years-old and Prieto is 39, but they still know how to have a good time. Just recently, the pair was caught partying during Spring Break festivities that involved Prieto giving Jordan a nice intimate dance and showcasing the huge rock on her finger.
1 Shaquille O’Neal And Laticia Rolle
Shaquille O’Neal is over 7-feet tall and weighs over 300 pounds. He’s literally ginormous. So, when you see him flexing like a muscle-man next to his petite fiancée, Laticia Rolle things can get awkward. His tatted-up, strong physique is enough to scare anyone away, but Rolle just laughs these things off. She’s been dating the former Los Angeles Laker superstar since 2014, so she has a pretty good idea about how things are with Shaq. Rolle and O’Neal share a love for basketball, as Rolle played the sport in college. Nowadays, she works on her lifestyle blog, “BluHazl.”
The couple stirred engagement rumors a couple of years ago after O’Neal commented on one of Rolle’s Instagram pictures saying, “Will u marry me?.” To which she replied, “yes I will. Today, tomorrow, and forever yours.” They may have not been actually engaged then, but they stirred the pot again a few months later when Rolle posted a picture with a very big diamond placed on her ring finger as she sat next to O’Neal. There aren’t any official wedding plans released, so who knows what this fun couple has up their sleeve. For now, we’ll just sit back and enjoy all their ups and downs and awkward photos.
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