A Backstage Glance At Russell Wilson and Ciara’s Relationship

Athletes | 8/15/23

What do you get when a multi-platinum-selling singer marries an NFL Super Bowl-winning quarterback?

You get the backstage story of Ciara and Russell Wilson, a power couple like no other.

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May 26th, 2015, will be a date that neither Ciara nor Russell Wilson will ever forget.

That day they met at a Wisconsin basketball game and went out to dinner.

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A Romance Rivaling Romeo and Juliet

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From the beginning, Wilson and Ciara have inspired their many adoring fans with their fairytale relationship.

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Stunning photographers, while walking the red carpet, it is their love that steals headlines.

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Let the Ciara and Russell Wilson rumors begin

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Ciara and Wilson made a very public debut after rumors began to surface about their relationship.

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Wilson and Ciara first showed out together while attending a White House Correspondents Dinner.

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Eyes Followed Wilson and Ciara's Every Move

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Even if Wilson and Ciara wanted to keep their relationship on the down low, they could not.

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Almost every exchange of their loving glances or when they held hands was noticed.

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Celibacy Until Marriage Was Agreed On By Ciara and Wilson

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In a rare display of self-control, Ciara and Wilson agreed to abstain from being intimate with one another until marriage.

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The mutual decision was both inspirational and a clear indication of their love.

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The Proposal

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Almost a year after their whirlwind romance began, Russell Wilson and Ciara were engaged.

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Wilson proposed to Ciara at North Island, a resort known for hosting many celebrities and royals.

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Wilson and Ciara Tie the Knot

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On July 6, 2016, Russell Wilson and Ciara tied the knot and were married.

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Wilson and Ciara exchanged their vows in a private ceremony inside Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England.

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Wilson and Ciara's Wedding Included a "Cast of Thousands"

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A star-studded guest list included many names like Kelly Rowland and Jennifer Hudson.

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Ciara's gown was a gorgeous custom-made dress courtesy of Cavalli Couture, and Wilson's tuxedo by Giorgio Armani.

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Wilson Adopts Ciara's Son

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Russell Wilson made a move off-field with Ciara greater than any play on the field.

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After getting married, Wilson officially adopted Ciara's son Zahir from her relationship with rapper Future.

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Ciara and Russell Knew Immediately They Wanted Children

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It was not long after their celibacy vow that Ciara and Wilson got started on building their family.

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In addition to Future Zahir, they welcomed their baby girl Sienna Princess.

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Welcome to the world, Sienna Princess Wilson

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Sienna Princess was the first child of Russell Wilson and Ciara's second.

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After Ciara's pregnancy announcement in October 2016, she gave birth to her beautiful daughter on April 28, 2017.

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Dear Sienna Princess...

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In a move that fits their dynamic relationship, Ciara and Wilson shared the news of Sienna's birth on Social media.

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The couple posted their touching letter to their daughter Sienna.

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"We Love You. Love, Mommy & Daddy."

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The couple's letter read, "Dear Sienna Princess Wilson, No matter how big the wave, we will always be your calm in the storm."

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"We Love You. Love, Mommy & Daddy."

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Meet Future, Sienna Princess, and Win Harrison Wilson

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Ask for it, and you shall receive it. After appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wilson asked Ciara for another child.

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She agreed and gave birth to Win Harrison.

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Ciara and Russell started Why Not You Productions

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Win Harrison is the couple's third child, second together, and their family is not the only place they expanded.

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Wilson and Ciara started their own production company "to impact lives."

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A Soccer Team, Various Business Ventures, Why Not production?

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Ciara and Russell Wilson started the production company Why Not You Productions to tell stories that connect audiences.

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They also are joint owners of the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team.

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Ciara and Russell Wilson's Relationship is Special but not Unique

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The fact that Wilson married Ciara and raised her son from a previous relationship is not the first time the public has seen the instance with high-profile people.

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Tom Brady had a child with an ex-girlfriend before marrying supermodel Gisele B√ľndchen.

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Wilson and Ciara's Relationship Continues to Blossom

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The mutual love and support between Wilson and Ciara seem to be never-ending.

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Ciara wore a dazzling dress dedicated to her husband in support while attending the 2021 Met Gala.

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Ciara's 2021 Met Gala Outfit Had Her Love All Over It

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The Seahawks green dress Ciara wore was fashion and art.

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It featured Wilson's number, and Ciara's clutch purse was a crystalized football. She also wore his Super Bowl ring.

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Ciara Was "Heaven-sent" According to Wilson

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Russell Wilson was pretty good at showing his love for Ciara, too.

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On her birthday on October 25th, 2021, Wilson posted a heart-warming Instagram birthday wish "Happy Birthday, my Queen."

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Ciara Saw Russell's "Queen" and raised her "King"

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Russell Wilson's wife Ciara was not to be outdone by his lovely Instagram birthday post to her.

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To celebrate Wilson's 33rd birthday, Ciara posted "Happy Birthday Honey" to her "King."

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Ciara Called Russell her "Greatest Inspiration"

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"On this day, a Leader was born, My King," wrote Ciara. "...An inspiration to so many! My Greatest Inspiration."

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In addition, Ciara wrote, "You are everything to me...#JesusYear."

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There's Why Not Productions, and now, Why Not the Book

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Nobody ever doubted Ciara and Russell Wilson's dedication to family and love before, and now they never will.

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The couple released their book, Why Not You, on March 1, 2022.

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Why Not You Was Inspired by the Love between Wilson and Ciara

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Why Not You is a children's book that Ciara and Wilson say is inspired by their love of their children.

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Wilson's "lifelong passion" project is an extension of their foundation.

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Russell Wilson: Super Bowl QB, Father, and Loving Husband

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For Wilson and Ciara, special birthday dedications, starting a production company, and writing a children's book, were not enough for them.

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On Mother's Day 2022 Wilson gave Ciara a puppy.

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Meet "Bronco," Wilson's Gift to Ciara and "The Sweetest Surprise"

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Russell Wilson's gift of a puppy to Ciara is a replacement for her dog of 17 years that passed.

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"Bronco" is named after his new team, the Denver Broncos.

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You Can Add "Coach" to the Many Hats of Russell Wilson

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In between the couple's numerous business and charitable ventures, Russell Wilson also coaches his stepson's football team.

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Wilson is helping Future in what Ciara says "...is firm with love though."

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Only Ciara and Wilson's Faith Was Stronger Than Their Love

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Religion is important to Wilson and Ciara.

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The couple has never been shy about sharing messages displaying their faith in each other. "God blessed the world...with you," Wilson posted.

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Wilson: "God made you for me"

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"Perfect in every way. God made you for me," declared Wilson to Ciara via Instagram.

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Wilson went on to post, "God made you to entertain the world," he wrote.

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Russell Wilson and Ciara Are an Inspiration to Everyone

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Russell Wilson and Ciara have inspired people everywhere in various ways.

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Their charity work, philanthropy, and sense of compassion for others has been a major reason for celebrating the couple.