Celebrity-Athlete Couples Who Redefine Relationship Goals
When two celebrities start to date, paparazzi and fans start to obsess over the relationship, following their every move and analyzing every big step the couple takes. When a celebrity dates a sports star, the combination of two people with very different talents is sometimes the best of both worlds.
When these relationships form, the celebs often become power couples across both industries. Take a look at 30 celebrity-athlete couples who have redefined relationship goals to (hopefully) go the distance.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
Gabrielle Union gained notoriety in 1999’s Bring It On. For five years (2001-06), she was married to Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Howard, but the relationship that inspires envy today is the actress’ marriage to three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade. The couple first met in 2007 and kept their relationship private until making their formal debut in 2010.
Ciara and Russell Wilson
Singer Ciara rose to fame in 2004 when her first studio album, Goodies, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She continued to release new music during the same timeframe that her future husband, Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson, was scoring touchdowns. Wilson probably enjoyed quite a victory dance when he met Ciara.
Shakira and Gerard Piqué
Shakira had her first big break in 2001 with the release of her hit single "Whenever, Wherever." Then, in 2005, the Colombian singer released "Hips Don’t Lie," which became her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. After that, Shakira was a household name.
Kim Zolciak and Kroy Biermann
Kim Zolciak rose to prominence in 2008 as one of the original housewives on the popular Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta. It was through this stardom that she met NFL Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann in 2010. The couple met during a charity event, Dancing with Atlanta Stars, and began dating. They married a short time later in 2011.
Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha
Scandal actress Kerry Washington met former Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in 2012 when he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. The couple kept their relationship under wraps, and even the paparazzi didn’t know they were dating. When it was announced they had gotten married in 2013, fans were certainly surprised at the news.
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird
Megan Rapinoe helped lead the United States women’s national soccer team to wins in the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments. For her performance in 2019, she was named the FIFA World Player of the Year. Rapinoe has also gained international attention as an advocate for numerous LGBT organizations.
Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete
Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete probably have one of the strongest marriages in the industry. They certainly have one of the longest marriages. The former NFL quarterback married 21 Jump Street actress Holly Robinson in 1995. The couple has four children: Ryan, Rodney Jr., Robinson and Roman.
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are tennis’ first couple, and they’re both dynamic athletes. Agassi, whose career spanned from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, won the 1996 Olympic gold medal and is an eight-time Grand Slam champion. Not to be outdone, Graf has won 22 major singles titles as well as a 1988 Olympic gold medal.
Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll
Erin Andrews knows more about sports than most people. Serving as a sideline reporter for Fox NFL and a co-host of College GameDay on ESPN, she has met more football players than she can probably count. But if you expected her to fall for one of the many players she encounters, that wasn’t the case. Instead, she fell in love with a hockey player.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
In recent years, it seems like a lot of celebrities are marrying hockey players. This trend continued with Carrie Underwood and Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher. The country music icon met her future husband in 2008 when they were set up on a blind date. It seemed to work for them because two years later, they married in an intimate ceremony.
Jessie James and Eric Decker
Country pop singer-songwriter, reality TV personality, fashion designer and entrepreneur Jessie James has had many accolades in her career, but nothing has been more rewarding than her marriage to retired NFL wide receiver Eric Decker. The football star, who played for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, contributed to Peyton Manning’s historical passing season in 2013.
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich
Dancing with the Stars judge Julianne Hough has had many relationships in the public eye. Most notably, she dated TV personality Ryan Seacrest for three years (2010-13). However, in December 2013, she began dating retired NHL Ottawa Senators center Brooks Laich.
Tony Romo and Candice Crawford
In the summer of 2009, retired NFL Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo started dating 2008 Miss Missouri USA and former Dallas journalist Candice Crawford, the sister of Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford. The couple married in 2011 and have kept their relationship mostly private. Romo probably learned that lesson the hard way after his very public relationship with singer Jessica Simpson.
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
Jessica Simpson may have publicly dated Tony Romo from 2007 to 2009, but she ended up falling in love with another NFL player, Eric Johnson. The "I Wanna Love You Forever" singer-turned-designer met the retired San Francisco 49ers tight end in 2010. Four years later, in 2014, they said "I do" during a ceremony at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California.
Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban
Lindsey Vonn has won another gold medal with her relationship with NHL New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban. The Olympic skier, who won gold in downhill skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics, has been gushing over her relationship with her now-fiancé Subban since they met in 2018.
Derek and Hannah Jeter
Derek Jeter has had many public relationships, including with Mariah Carey, Jordana Brewster, Jessica Biel and Minka Kelly. The retired MLB shortstop, who spent his entire 20-year career with the New York Yankees, kept looking for happiness but wasn't successful for many years. He eventually hit a home run with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model Hannah Davis.
Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova
Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova have proven that you don’t have to get married to spend forever with your best friend. A couple since 2001, the King of Latin Pop singer and the Russian former professional tennis player have never rushed to get engaged.
JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher
When JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher met in August 2009, it was a whirlwind courtship. The Reba actress and the former Cleveland Indians outfielder and first baseman were engaged nine months later in May 2010 and tied the knot that December. Bridesmaids included Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Garcia’s Reba costars Melissa Peterman and Reba McEntire.
Kate Upton and Justin Verlander
The year 2017 was a big year for supermodel Kate Upton and MLB pitcher Justin Verlander. The couple, who had been dating since 2014, got married in November in Tuscany, Italy, just two days after Verlander’s team, the Houston Astros, won its first-ever World Series title. The pair had plenty to celebrate that fall — but that’s not all.
Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick
When Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model and actress Brooklyn Decker met professional tennis player Andy Roddick in 2007, she thought it was a chance meeting. In reality, Roddick arranged for his agent to contact her agent to set them up on a date. The former No. 1 tennis player and winner of the 2003 U.S. Open knew she was special, and he wasn’t wrong.
Jeff Gordon and Ingrid Vandebosch
Jeff Gordon is one of the most famous NASCAR racers of all time. He is a four-time Winston Cup champion and has also won the Daytona 500 three times. Despite those wins, Gordon always needed someone to wait for him at the finish line. After his first marriage to Miss Winston Cup model Brooke Sealey ended in 2002, Gordon began dating Belgian model Ingrid Vandebosch.
Tim and Elizabeth Hasselbeck
Celebrity couples don’t always have long marriages, but that’s not the case for Tim and Elizabeth Hasselbeck. The retired NFL quarterback met Elizabeth when they were both students at Boston College. In 2001, Elizabeth rose to prominence as a contestant on Survivor and later joined the panel of The View, where she co-hosted the show until 2013.
Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson
Pete Sampras is known as "Pistol Pete" for his precise and powerful serve on the tennis courts. The retired tennis player, who won the 2002 U.S. Open and is regarded as one of the best players of all time, has so many No. 1 rankings, it’s amazing he found the time to meet his wife — actress, model and former Miss Teen USA Bridgette Wilson.
Candace Cameron Bure and Valeri Bure
D.J. Tanner grew up and married a hockey player! The Full House star was introduced to her future husband, Russian NHL hockey player Valeri Bure, by her Full House co-star, Dave Coulier. The couple met and got married in 1996, when Candace was only 20 years old and just a year after the beloved family sitcom ended.
Stephen and Ayesha Curry
Stephen "Steph" Curry is one of the most popular and talented NBA basketball players in modern history. The Golden State Warrior is a six-time NBA All-Star and has won three NBA championships with the Warriors. He is "hot," and we’re guessing his wife, Ayesha Curry, would agree. In 2011, the longtime couple married, and they have three children: Riley, Ryan and Canon.
Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler
Kristin Cavallari, one of the leading ladies of Laguna Beach and The Hills, began dating Jay Cutler, retired NFL Chicago Bears quarterback, in 2010. It didn’t take long for them to decide they were ready to get hitched. In 2013, Cavallari walked down the aisle to her football star, and they have been happily married ever since.
Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick
Aaron Rodgers is one of the most recognizable names in NFL football. In 2010, the Green Bay Packers quarterback helped lead the team to a Super Bowl championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers, earning him the Super Bowl MVP title. These days, he’s dating another famous name in sports, IndyCar and NASCAR racer Danica Patrick.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez and Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez first met at a New York Yankees game in 2005, but they didn’t start dating then. At the time, Lopez was married to singer Marc Anthony, and Rodriguez was married to psychology graduate Cynthia Scurtis. As we know, both marriages ultimately ended in a divorce.
David and Victoria Beckham
David Beckham, a now-retired professional English footballer, met singer and model Victoria Beckham in 1997 when she was breaking records as a member of the famed music group Spice Girls. She attended a Manchester-United match, and the couple said their romance was "love at first sight." They just knew they were meant for each other.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
Although the Beckhams may be the most famous celebrity-athlete couple in the UK, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are the most royal-like celebrity-athlete couple in the U.S. The unstoppable New England Patriots quarterback and Brazilian model wed during a small ceremony in 2009.