Husband's telling admission about marriage with Serena Williams

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian, pictured here at the
Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian at the "Being Serena" Premiere in New York in 2018. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

Alexis Ohanian says he's perfectly fine with being known as 'Serena Williams' husband', even though he's made a name for himself and forged a successful career of his own.

Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit and a self-made millionaire, was responding to fans on social media this week when he made the confession.

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"I love how you don't mind that they call you Serena Williams' husband," one follower wrote on Twitter.

To which Ohanian replied: "I'll be a self-made billionaire one day and most people will still know me as Serena's husband (or Olympia's dad) and that's fine by me."

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Williams and Ohanian have been married since 2017 and have three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia together.

Ohanian and Alexis are often spotted in Williams' courtside box, most recently at the Australian Open where he was seen wearing a shirt reading 'Greatest female athlete' with 'female' crossed out.

Ohanian recently revealed how he didn't like watching tennis before he met his wife.

“I hated tennis for a long time, until I met my wife and tried to learn it,” he told CNN in December.

“I am always a sports fan and when I watched a final closely I understood the privilege I had.

“Now I appreciate the world of tennis, I understand how the world of tennis is a difficult and intense world.

“In the world of technology we work very and really hard, but we have been naive since the work done by a professional tennis player, both physically and mentally, is absolutely on another level.”

Ohanian said he now considers it a privilege to be able to take his daughter to watch Williams in action.

“I sat in the front row to see everything Serena does, to understand her role in the world and I discovered how different she is from others,” he said.

“I know how much she has worked for everything, not only as a woman but also as a black woman.

“At the same time Olympia will never question all the great work her mother has done and one day I will explain it to her, but I want to make her understand that I do my part too.”

Serena Williams' husband and daughter, pictured here watching her play in Adelaide in January.
Serena Williams' husband and daughter watch her play in Adelaide. (Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Serena Williams' candid confession about marriage

Last month, Williams made the candid admission that her marriage with Ohanian is "not bliss" without work.

In a Q&A with Bumble, the tennis superstar opened up on marriage and matrimony.

When asked the most surprising thing she learned about marriage, the 39-year-old replied with a laugh: "Marriage is not bliss".

"But it can be if you work at it," she added.

The 23-time grand slam champion added during the Q&A that "a dealbreaker for me in a relationship is definitely loyalty. Well, not having it, that is."

She also said: "I always knew I wanted kids.

"I never knew when but I always knew I wanted kids at some point.

"I learned that love is an amazing feeling. And if you have an opportunity to feel it, then it's a special thing."

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