Alexis Ohanian, a successful Armenian tech entrepreneur, aged 33, is engaged to a tennis legend Serena Williams, aged 35 (As of 2017). They are soon going to get married and they seem to be very happy and blessed with each other.
Reportedly, Alexis Ohanian started dating the tennis pro Serena Williams in 2015. However, if you haven’t heard about their relationship and this is kind of a shock for you, don’t be surprised.
The thing is that the couple kept their relationship in secret and off from social media for some period of time until the news of their engagement boomed the internet.
But now let’s go deep into the topic and find out who is Serena Williams boyfriend and how the social media reacted to their relationship.
Alexis Ohanian Before Becoming Serena Williams’s Boyfriend
As you may already know, Serena Williams boyfriend Alexis Ohanian is pretty much successful in the tech world. He is half Armenian and half-German. His father is Chris Ohanian, whose family members fled the Armenian genocide.
In 2005, Alexis graduated from the University of Virginia. And right after graduating, as it’s written in his website’s bio, Alexis Ohanian turned all his efforts and passion towards “making the world suck less”. By the way, it’s also his motto, not a standard one, right?
His greatest desire was to make the internet a better place.
Well, it’s not surprising that the sporting legend’s net worth is 33times more than that of her fiancé. Notwithstanding, there are more interesting things to know about him than just the amount of his net worth.
How Did Alexis Ohanian Start Reddit?
Are you interested to learn how he managed to be named on Forbes “30 Under 30” list as a prominent figure in the tech industry?
In 2005, Alexis Ohanian and his friend Steve Huffman started Reddit, that currently is the 7th largest and popular website in the United States. Furthermore, now the company is valued at $500 million.
Serena Williams boyfriend is sort of a big deal. Equally important, Alexis Ohanian has invested in over two hundred startups, is also the co-founder of Initialized Capital (venture fund) and helped to launch hipmunk (online travel company).
Do you know the most noteworthy thing about him? Right after he published his popular book in 2013, “Without Their Permission”, he turned out to be a bestselling author not only in the U. S. but all over the world.
Alexis Ohanian is quite big guy and yes, his height is more than that of Serena Williams. Although the height of one of world’s greatest athletes is 5-foot-9, Serena Williams boyfriend doesn’t concede in height as well. They just seem to be very suitable and harmonious couple, especially when the height of Alexis Ohanian is 6-foot-5.
To illustrate that he is not only charismatic but also a hardworking badass, we should note that Forbes has entitled him “mayor of the internet”, the New York Times has named him “the internet’s own cheerleader”. Also, he was included in the list of “The Most Creative People in Business” of Fast Company.
Let’s Dig into the Relationship of Serena & Alexis Ohanian
Okay, now when we know almost everything about Alexis Ohanian, let’s go deep inside their love story and find out how it all started.
Looking forward to know how this Armenian-American internet mogul proposed to tennis star Serena Williams? Well, according to a source the story of those two started when they met each other during a lunch by chance in Rome.
As we already mentioned, they were low-key about their relationship and shocked the majority of people by announcing their engagement. The tennis pro Serena Williams announced the new of her engagement on Reddit. Couldn’t be much suitable, yeah?
She posted it in the form of a poem that read:
In response, Alexis Ohanian shared his soon-to-be wife’s Reddit post on his Facebook page by simply adding these words “She said yes” and an adorable animation of themselves.
It seems that Serena Williams boyfriend “Prince Charming” is really charming everybody by his smile and cuteness, especially when he commented:
Armenians’ Reaction in Social Media to Alexis Ohanian’s and Serena’s Engagement
What he wrote on his Twitter account is also noteworthy as he thanked all the Armenians who were happy and exited to learn the news.
And yes, being the fourth most famous Armenian-American in the world (after the Kardashian sisters) surely their engagement was a big moment for the Armenians.
As you can see from his comment, his Armenian fans and friends are very happy for him and can’t wait when they can name Serena Williams as their “harsik” (from Armenian “bride”). And we are sure that the love toward this couple among Armenians will increase even more if they visit Armenia by any chance.
As many of them mentioned, they love the idea of their visit to Armenia. Remember the time when Kim and Khloe Kardashians visited Armenia along with Kim’s husband famous rapper Kanye West?
After that Armenians claimed him as their “pesa” (fiancé). Down below you can find some of the most supportive comments of the Armenians.
Reactions of the Black Community
Right after the announcement of their engagement social media was filled with various reactions, especially among the black community. They seemed to be more active in discussing the engagement than Armenians.
Many commented that they applause Serena Williams for her happy engagement. And they did not concentrate on the fact that she is engaged with a white man. Because, as they noted, it really shouldn’t matter.
The majority of the reactions were congratulatory, whereas some were really frustrated and disappointed to learn the news.
However, many people were less negative and ignorant on their engagement and started to defend and feel happy for them.
Some people just added some positivity and humor into those discussions.
Flow of Videos from Conservative Part of Black Community
There are also plenty of video reactions of black people concerning this topic. For instance, this is the video of an elder representative of black community who went against interracial marriages.
As the video is titled, he notes that Serena Williams made a dumb, stupid and ignorant decision. He states in the comments that black people need to stick together and not assimilation with those “white supremacy”. Because white people are incapable of loving black people, as it’s in their DNA.
Here is another example of two women addressing to this topic in somewhat the same way as he did. They especially concentrate on Serena’s quote that she dates with whom she has chemistry regardless of the skin color but can say one thing for sure, that Alexis treated her better than any other black man that she had dated.
Black Women Supporting Serena’s Engagement with Alexis Ohanian
Vice versa, here we have a video of a woman who states, that we should react like normal people to the news of their engagement rather than being made and crating a race issue out of it.
Or here are other videos from black women who are really happy for Serena Williams. They wish them nothing but the best. Moreover, they can’t understand why there is so much hypocrisy, hatred and negativity among some representatives of black community on this topic.
And as they added, especially when most of them used to say that she is not so pretty, looks like a man, is unattractive and is not ladylike. While Serena Williams boyfriend is someone who loves her for who she is and admires her features.
As we can see, the news of their engagement caused a lot of drama and controversy on the Internet. Many people were mad at it, especially conservative black men and women, while others were really happy for them. Eventually, their relationship is a nice reminder that we should chase our happiness.
We should find someone who will show love, support and commitment. And if it’s a black man than it’s awesome, but if he’s not, it can be awesome as well.
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