'Not bliss': Serena Williams' candid confession about marriage

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian, pictured here with three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian have three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia together. Image: Getty

Serena Williams has made the candid admission that her marriage with Alexis Ohanian is "not bliss" without work.

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

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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."

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Responding to another question about relationships, Williams said: "Heartbreak is a part of life, whether it be a loved one, a boyfriend, or an animal."

"But time heals all wounds."

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

"I always knew I wanted kids," she said during the Q&A.

"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."

Alexis Ohanian, pictured here cheering on Serena Williams at the Australian Open.
Alexis Ohanian (L) cheers on Serena Williams at the Australian Open. (Photo by BRANDON MALONE/AFP via Getty Images)

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

However 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,” the Reddit co-founder 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 it’s a privilege to be able to take his daughter to see her mother 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.”

Williams is missing from the Miami Open this week, citing recent oral surgery as the reason for her withdrawal.

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