Why Serena Williams Didn’t Tell Her Daughter About 2nd Pregnancy

Olympia Williams and Serena Williams
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Conserving it prime secret! Serena Williams initially hid her second being pregnant from almost everybody — together with 5-year-old daughter Olympia. 

“Olympia doesn’t know proper now that I’m pregnant, so the massive reveal will probably be on the Met after which earlier than we depart, I’ll inform Olympia,” Williams, 42, revealed in a pre-taped video on Friday, Might 5. “The rationale I haven’t advised her is as a result of she will’t hold a secret!”

The put up — which serves as a tease for the tennis celebrity’s upcoming YouTube channel — gave a behind-the-scenes have a look at Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian prepping for the Monday, Might 1, occasion in New York Metropolis. One clip seemingly confirmed footage of the couple delivering the thrilling information to their daughter, who smiled whereas giving Williams an enormous hug. 

In one other scene, the athlete tried on a trench coat in an try to cover her rising child bump. “I appear like Inspector Gadget,” she quipped.

Forward of displaying off her rising stomach on the crimson carpet at Monday’s style soirée, the seven-time Wimbledon champ took to social media to announce the massive information. 

“Was so excited when Anna Wintour invited the three of us to the Met Gala,” she wrote through Instagram alongside a number of photographs of her and the Reddit cofounder, 40.

Whereas Williams’ newest child reveal went in accordance with plan, she hasn’t at all times been so fortunate. In April 2017 — 5 months earlier than giving delivery to her firstborn — the Michigan native by accident spilled her being pregnant information when she uploaded a photograph of her child bump to Snapchat.

“On social media you press the incorrect button and … half-hour later I missed 4 calls and I’m like, ‘That’s bizarre,’” she advised Gayle King at a TED convention that very same month, explaining the reasoning behind the flub. “I’ve this factor the place I’ve been checking my standing and taking footage each week to see how far alongside I’m getting. I’ve been so good about it, however this was the one time it slipped.”

Williams has been candid concerning the ups and downs of motherhood since Olympia’s arrival. In August 2022, she introduced she could be retiring from tennis as a way to spend extra time together with her household. 

“I’m right here to let you know that I’m evolving away from tennis, towards different issues which might be necessary to me,” the Being Serena star wrote in an essay for Vogue on the time. “However I’ve been reluctant to confess to myself or anybody else that I’ve to maneuver on from taking part in tennis. Alexis, my husband, and I’ve hardly talked about it; it’s like a taboo subject. I can’t even have this dialog with my mother and pop. It’s prefer it’s not actual till you say it out loud.”

She continued: “Consider me, I by no means wished to have to decide on between tennis and a household. I don’t assume it’s truthful. If I have been a man, I wouldn’t be penning this as a result of I’d be on the market taking part in and successful whereas my spouse was doing the bodily labor of increasing our household. Perhaps I’d be extra of a Tom Brady if I had that chance.”

Regardless of having to stroll away from the sport, Williams has been clear concerning the joys that parenthood brings. 

“Don’t get me incorrect: I really like being a girl, and I cherished each second of being pregnant with Olympia,” she penned in her Vogue essay. “I used to be a kind of annoying ladies who adored being pregnant and was working till the day I needed to report back to the hospital.”