Serena Williams Says Marriage ‘Is Not Bliss’ Without Work

Serena Williams has some sage advice for married couples—and those dealing with heartbreak.

In a new video for Bumble, the tennis star opened up about her life and marriage to Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian. The couple tied the knot in 2017 and have a three-year-old daughter, Olympia

“Marriage is not bliss, but it can be if you work at it,” she said in the video, which she posted to Instagram on March 27. “I learned that love is an amazing feeling, and if you have an opportunity to feel it, then it’s a special thing. That’s been a lot of fun.”

This is not the first time Williams has spoken about how her relationship with Ohanian continues to thrive. “Alexis doesn’t dim my light. He doesn’t try to dim my light,” she told Allure in 2019. “He puts me in the light, even if I don’t want to be. He pushes me to further points I never thought about. It always was something that I could see in some relationships—my light would be dimmer. Now I feel like I can shine really bright and still do everything that I want to do.”

For Ohanian, it’s all about showing up. In fact, he wrote an entire essay about it for Glamour. “I think if you were to ask my wife, or many other people in relationships, it’s often the simpler things that are the most important. You have to show up,” he said in 2019. “You have to be supportive. These are the things that matter.”

Something that matters most to Williams is loyalty, which she tells Bumble is a deal breaker for her. “Not having it,” she clarified. She also offered this piece of wisdom to those who are less lucky in love. “Heartbreak is a part of life, whether it be a loved one, a boyfriend, or animal,” she said. “But time heals all wounds.”

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