Who Is Kyrie Irving's Longtime Girlfriend, Marlene Wilkerson?

Kyrie Irving has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons after he tweeted out a link to the antisemitic movie "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America" on October 27, per Rolling Stone. His decision to shine the spotlight on the extremely controversial movie caused serious backlash in the basketball world and beyond, even resulting in Irving being banned from at least five Brooklyn Nets games. "We were dismayed today, when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film. This was not the first time he had the opportunity — but failed — to clarify," the basketball team explained in a statement on November 4, per NBC News.

That came after Irving and the team pledged $500,000 each to the Anti-Defamation League in the wake of his controversial tweet, though CEO Jason Greenblat noted on Twitter shortly after the announcement that the charity would refuse Irving's money. "Although we will not accept any funds from him, if Kyrie is open to direct dialogue to repair the harm that he has caused and to engage in a process of healing and learning in a sincere manner, @ADL is open to engaging with him. Time and action will tell," he wrote.

Irving's behavior hasn't only shone the spotlight on himself though, but also those around him. That has many asking just who is the woman closest to him, Marlene Wilkerson?

Marlene Wilkerson is an influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers

Marlene Wilkerson is Kyrie Irving's longtime girlfriend and mother of one of his children (the basketballer also has a daughter from a previous relationship, who was born in 2015). Wilkerson and Irving announced the birth of their first child together via her YouTube account, where she goes by the name The Find Guru, in June 2021, though the two have stayed pretty quiet about their child's name. 

Wilkerson is a popular YouTuber with more than 782,000 followers and an impressive over 51.5 million views on her many videos, while she describes herself in her bio as being "a Los Angeles native that shares my favorite curly hair tips and tricks," adding, "I will also share some of my personal beauty tips, fashion advice, and fitness routines." However, her vlogging career appears to have taken a backseat since she became a mom. Wilkerson hasn't posted a new video since January 2022, when she uploaded a compilation of motivational quotes to welcome the New Year.

Wilkerson is popular on Instagram too, boasting 420,000 followers. Her Instagram appears more active than her YouTube, as she posted a series of photos in June 2022 from her and Irving's stunning pregnancy photo shoot taken two years prior. In the caption, she praised Irving, writing, "14 months postpartum and it's my favorite journey yet. A teacher, leader, explorer, observer, and protector. The most gentle father and best friend. We celebrate your presence and impact daily."

Marlene Wilkerson is a businesswoman

In her role as an influencer, Marlene Wilkerson has shared a few business tips with her followers, including revealing how she makes her money. In one YouTube video shared in September 2021, she revealed she used the platform Alibaba to sell items, while she's also given tips on how to increase sales on sites like Shopify. In 2018, she shared in a YouTube video that she started her first business, a clothing line, in her early 20s and started making $5,000 a month by utilizing social media. As of March 2022, Otakukart put Wilkerson's net worth at an impressive $2 million.

According to the influencer's LinkedIn page, Wilkerson's job since June 2015 has been serving as the CEO of her brand, The Find Guru, which she began after graduating from California State University with a Bachelor's degree in marketing. While at college, Wilkerson, who was born in August 1993, was a member of the Black Student Union and American Marketing Association, and worked as a restaurant server and a Marketing Associate at Victoria's Secret. 

Wilkerson is a total boss and clearly a very hard worker, and we love to see it!