What happens when a football star falls in love with a Grammy-winning artist? They live happily ever after, of course—or as is the case for Russell Wilson and Ciara. The couple has been together since 2015, married since 2016, and are now parents to three children. From their secret wedding to their epic pregnancy announcements, read Ciara and Russell Wilson's complete relationship timeline ahead.
- Ciara and Russell Wilson first met in March 2015 and made their relationship public one month later.
- Russell proposed to Ciara on March 11, 2016, and the couple secretly tied the knot at a castle in England on July 6, 2016.
- While Ciara has a son from her previous relationship with rapper Future, the singer and Russell are parents to two children of their own. Sienna, 3, and Win, seven months.
March 26, 2015: First Meeting
After ending her engagement to rapper Future in 2014, Ciara met her future husband Russell for the first time at a University of Wisconsin basketball game on March 26, 2015. Their conversation led to Russell asking the singer to dinner, even though he already had plans with friends. Ciara agreed and the quarterback quickly changed his plans to make time for her—and he ended up forgetting about his other dinner reservation. "I completely forgot about the 10:30 [p.m.] dinner," he recalled on Instagram Live. "Next thing I knew, it was 12:00 [a.m.], 12:30 [a.m.], and I was sold on you."
April 28, 2015: Appearing at the White House
A month later, Russell and Ciara made their first public debut as a couple at a White House State Dinner on April 28, 2015.
July 7, 2015: Waiting Until Marriage
During an interview with Pastor Miles McPherson, the Seattle Seahawk's star revealed he and his then-girlfriend were abstaining from sex, per Popsugar. "She was in the dressing room getting ready to go before she went on stage, and she was sitting there, and God spoke to me and said, 'I need you to lead her,'" Russell recalled of making the decision while Ciara was on tour. "And I was like, 'Really?' And he was like, 'No, I want you to lead her.' So I told her, 'What would you do if we took all of that extra stuff off the table and just did it Jesus's way?'"
He then added, "I ain't going to lie to you all now. I need you all to pray for us. I know you've seen her on the screen. If there's a 10, she's a 15."
March 11, 2016: Russell Proposes to Ciara
Just a year after first meeting, the couple became engaged after Russell proposed while vacationing in Seychelles. "She said Yes!!! Since Day 1 I knew you were the one. No Greater feeling," wrote the NFL player on Instagram. Ciara's engagement ring features a round, brilliant-cut diamond flanked by trapezoid and pear-shaped diamonds on either side.
July 6, 2016: Wedding in England
After a four-month-long engagement, Russell and Ciara secretly wed on July 6, 2016, at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England.
Ciara wore a stunning long-sleeved Roberto Cavalli ball gown adorned in lace. Her veil also included a sentimental touch: Russell's initials.
Ciara's son, Future, served as ring bearer while the wedding party was clad in black. Of course, the over-the-top nuptials was full of A-list guests include pals La La Anthony and Kelly Rowland.
October 5, 2016: Expecting a Baby
On Ciara's 31st birthday, the singer revealed some exciting news on Instagram: She was pregnant! While Ciara was already mom to son Future, whom she shares with her ex-fiancé of the same name, the pregnancy marked her first child with her new husband! She wrote on Instagram, "On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family.. and I'm excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give..."
April 28, 2017: Sienna Princess Wilson Is Born
Ciara and Russell welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Sienna Princess Wilson, on April 28, 2017.
June 1, 2018: Business Partners
In what would be the first of a few joint business ventures, the new parents partnered with the Portland Diamond Project to help bring a major league baseball team to the Oregon city.
July 2018: Belated Honeymoon in South Africa
The couple spent their second wedding anniversary on a belated honeymoon in South Africa.
April 29, 2019: Another Business Venture
In April of 2019, Ciara and Russell announced another joint business venture: a production company. Called Why Not You Productions, the Grammy-winning singer and Super Bowl-winning quarterback hoped "to impact lives. That’s what we want to do at the end of the day—even from the kids space. We just want to tell stories that connect with the world and to the emotions," per The Hollywood Reporter.
August 13, 2019: Owners of the Seattle Sounders
Their business endeavors didn't end with their production company either. In August of 2019, the couple became part of the ownership group for the Seattle Sounders, a soccer team. Russell tweeted the news, @ciara and I are fired up to announce we are Team Owners of the Seattle @SoundersFC one of the best soccer franchises in the world! We can't wait for our kids to grow up loving Soccer! Family is everything!"
January 30, 2020: Expecting Another Baby
While vacationing in Turks & Caicos at the end of January 2020, both Russell and Ciara turned to Instagram to announce they were expanding their family. "Number 3," they both captioned their posts alongside an image of the singer's growing baby bump.
April 14, 2020: It's a Boy
With the help of their two children, the couple launched confetti into the sky to reveal the gender of their upcoming baby. To young Future's delight, Ciara was expecting a boy.
July 23, 2020: Win Harrison Wilson Is Born
Ciara gave birth to her third child (second with Russell!) on July 23, 2020. The couple named their young son Win Harrison Wilson. A day after his birth, Ciara posted a sweet video of her serenading the newborn with "Happy Birthday" moments after he arrived into the world.
February 11, 2021: Opening Up About Their Marriage
As cover stars of GQ's The Modern Lovers issue, Ciara and Russell Wilson revealed intimate details about their relationship. For starters, Ciara finds fatherhood an incredibly alluring characteristic of her husband, saying, “The father in him is by far one of the things that makes him the most sexy to me. Hot. To me it’s hot.” Russell always explained what life is like being a step-father to Ciara's eldest son Future. "When I got to meet Future, he was young," Russell said. "And the reality was that for me it was a blessing and an opportunity to really hopefully be there for him every day and try to care for him in a way that was important for me, that I always wanted someone to do for me. Like my dad did for me. And so I think the greatest thing that I’ve ever learned in life is probably in that relationship with Future, because the reality of being a stepparent is that biologically they’re not necessarily yours, but the reality is that you have to love them as if they are. They’re your own blood in a way. You get to love them that way. And I think every kid deserves that and needs that and yearns for that.”