Venus Williams explains why she’s not ‘desperate’ to get married

Just call her Miss Independent.

Tennis star Venus Williams is Cosmopolitan magazine’s October covergirl — and in an accompanying interview with the magazine, she got real about relationships.

While reflecting on another year of life — the interview took place a few days shy of her 41st birthday on June 17 — Venus explained her love of freedom, and why she doesn’t feel pressure to settle down with a romantic partner or start a family.

“I have a lot of friends who don’t believe me when I say that I like my life and I don’t want to change it for any reason. I’m not desperate and they don’t believe me,” she said about being single — a status she confirmed in a comical interview at Wimbledon in late June.

“They say things like, ‘You’re going to miss your window.’ I’m like, ‘Please, relax. You might feel this way, but I don’t. I promise you I don’t.’”

Williams was most recently linked to fellow tennis star Reilly Opelka in May, when eagle-eyed fans pointed out on social media that the pair had been spending time together. A few friendly Instagram exchanges fueled dating speculation as well.

However, the buzz fizzled out when neither Williams nor Opelka confirmed they were an item. Before that, Williams dated Nicky Hammond, a scion of the Annenberg fortune. The pair called it quits in 2019.

Williams’ latest magazine cover came after she, like sister Serena Williams, withdrew from the US Open. The seven-time Grand Slam winner cited a leg injury for missing the tournament.


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