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!!!

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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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.

La Bandita

I didn’t get it either, chi­ca.


I missed it to. What was it?


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


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!

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.


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


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…