Serena Williams is not just a tennis legend, but also a master of keeping secrets. During the Met Gala on May 1, 2023, Serena surprised the world by revealing that she was expecting her second child with her husband, Alexis Ohanian.
The couple, who got married in 2017, had managed to keep the news a secret until that moment.
But it turns out that Serena had a little help in keeping her secret from none other than her daughter, Olympia.
According to a video by Serena, Olympia was one of the few people who knew about the pregnancy before it was publicly announced. In fact, Serena revealed that she had to explain to Olympia why she couldn’t jump on her belly anymore.
Why did Serena Williams hide the news from her daughter?
Serena Williams revealed that she did not tell her daughter the secret because she thought maybe she’ll spill the whole secret out to everyone. The whole incident showcases the strong bond that Serena shares with her daughter. Despite being only a few years old, Olympia has already played a big role in her mother’s life. Serena has often spoken about how becoming a mother has changed her perspective on life and how she wants to be a role model for her daughter.
In the same, Serena also talked about how she had to keep the pregnancy a secret from her team and the press.
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“Olympia does not know right now that I am pregnant, so the big reveal will be at the Met, and then before we leave, I’ll tell Olympia,” Williams told. She told that the only purpose for the secrecy was because her 5-year-old daughter doesn’t exactly excel at keeping secrets to herself. “The reason I haven’t told her is because she can’t keep a secret.”
She revealed that it was a difficult time for her, as it was just after her retiring from the sport to took after other things while keeping the pregnancy under wraps. But in the end, it was all worth it for Serena, as she was able to share the news with the world in a special way.
Serena’s ability to keep secrets is just one of the many reasons why she is a role model for so many people around the world. Her dedication, hard work, and love for her family continue to inspire others to follow their dreams and never give up, no matter what challenges they may face.