One of the most eligible bachelorettes in the world is officially off the market.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams, 35, is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33. According to various reports, the two began dating quietly in October 2015 but have kept their relationship off of social media.

Ohanian proposed to Williams in Rome. She recounted the proposal with a poem on her verified Reddit account.

“I came home
A little late
Someone had a bag packed for me
And a carriage awaited
Destination: Rome
To escort me to my very own “charming”
Back to where our stars first collided
And now it was full circle
At the same table we first met by chance
This time he made it not by chance
But by choice
Down on one knee
He said 4 words

Ohanian shared the poem on his Facebook account with the caption “She said yes.”

Williams has dated rappers Common and Drake (twice), which sparked a brief rap beef between the two. (Common famously referred to Drake as “Canada Dry”.) Ohanian’s public profile is much lower but he is a star in his own right. Slate Magazine described the 6′ 5″ tech professional in a 2015 article about their relationsihp;

“Ohanian, 32, is in many ways the archetypal tech bro. A University of Virginia graduate, he’s geeky and boyishly enthusiastic, handsome by tech-startup standards, and earnestly idealistic to an extent that stands out even in Silicon Valley, where everyone’s busy making the world a better place. Ohanian’s actual personal credo: “making the world suck less.” That’s like making the world a better place, but with facial hair.”

Congrats Serena!!!

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Congratulations to them both. He is obviously a very strong man! Too bad there were no “strong” Black men who could have stepped up to the plate. That is disappointing…


Congrats to both of them! He’s a lucky guy to be marrying Queen Serena! ??


So glad it wasn’t one of those problem-filled PR relationships. I can tell it’s love, I hope it lasts<3

Mitchell Awah

All I can see is that the man is 6’5. There is hope for us tall girls yet. Congratulations Serena! Oh and just so you know, you’re my body goals. Started working out today ?

Carbon Wits

I understand all that, however you missed the entire point of my comment.


I missed it to. What was it?

La Bandita

I didn’t get it either, chica.


I love the fact that she kept the relationship lowkey, those type of relationships usually last


He won!!!

ticha st.fleur

Congrats to Serena for finding love she ia an absolute inspiration.Love is blind.If this was a black rich male getting married to someone outside his race, the comments MIGHT have been different….ijs
Btw:im black


That’s because it’s common for a black man who has any type of statue to throw sisters aside for a blond.

Peju Ayemojuba

Yeah I totally agree. I find it very hypocritical for the black females that praise a black woman for having a white man but then will turn around and diss a black man for having a white woman. Race shouldn’t matter when it comes to loving someone.


It’s different because of the double standard against black women dating outside of their race. Black women are disowned or physically/emotionally threatened and outright discouraged from dating out often from the same men that practice interracial dating. That’s why the response is different!


sooo happy for her. Get some love boo


Yes! ?

Carbon Wits

Must be something about success and white people. Either way congrats, I just hate Mike Colter didnt get the same love. DOOMED


Serena dates color blind. She has had serious boyfriends both black and white


Congrats to her. He’s cute.


Very happy for her! Wonder if she’ll flash that ring soon…