The untold truth of Stephen Curry's wife

Ayesha Curry (née Alexander) left her home state of North Carolina to move to Los Angeles and chase her dream of becoming an actress. While there, she reconnected with an old acquaintance, Stephen "Steph" Curry, whom she had met some years prior "as teenagers at a youth church group in Charlotte," according to Sports Illustrated. The Canadian born stunner would turn down Curry's advances at first, before finally falling for the now-professional basketball player.

Since becoming Mrs. Curry in 2011, Ayesha has seen her own little light shine just as brightly as her superstar husband's. As a social media influencer, she has managed to grow a mini-empire of her own, centered around her passion for cooking. But not only has she headlined her own television shows, including Ayesha's Home Kitchen on the Food Network and the short-lived ABC series The Great American Baking Show, she has also written a New York Times best-selling cookbook The Seasoned Life and even ventured outside of the culinary world in 2019 to become CoverGirl cosmetics' ambassador, People reported. In short, life is good for this WAG (the acronym for athletes' wives and girlfriends), but living her life in the spotlight hasn't always been easy.

From a difficult pregnancy that required five hospitalizations, to her zany ability to recall exactly what she ate during special moments of her life, this is the untold truth of Steph Curry's wife.

She dodged his first kiss

Ayesha Curry first met Steph Curry when they were teenagers attending a church group. According to Parents magazine, Steph was way too afraid to even ask her out, though he admitted: "I always had my eye on her."

Ayesha wasn't allowed to date in high school, anyway, but, years later, Steph would link up with his crush when he was a junior at Davidson College in North Carolina. Ayesha was focusing on her acting career out in LaLa Land, and when Steph visited the Golden State for The ESPY Awards, he looked Ayesha up on Facebook and asked her out on a date — well, at least he thought it was a date. "I mean, it was friend vibes," Ayesha said of their Los Angeles meetup, before adding that she "dodged" him when he tried to plant a kiss on her!

"He was in mid-conversation and came flying at my face like a thief in the night. So I was like, 'No.' Then I thought, 'Oh, I didn't know this is what was happening,'" she told the publication.

Steph "struck out" on his first attempt at getting a smooch, but Sports Illustrated confirmed they eventually started dating, and bada bing, bada boom, they're now married and the parents of three kids.

A young chef

Growing up in Toronto, Canada, Ayesha Curry's parents "worked strenuous jobs," so when they had a free moment to spend time with her and her four siblings, it usually revolved around eating. "It was at the kitchen table where we had our best (and worst) conversations," Ayesha told Forbes magazine.

It was during those early years of her life that she also realized she had a "passion for cooking," Forbes reported. The publication added, "[Ayesha would] fall asleep to reruns of cooking shows like Rachel Ray on her small, 12-inch television in her bedroom." She didn't actually start cooking until she turned 12, according to ESPN, and on her 13th birthday, Forbes revealed her parents "threw her a cooking party." And that's where the magic happened.

"My friends and I cooked the day away!" Ayesha told Forbes, recalling the pivotal event. "That moment made a big impact on me. I didn't know I could be doing that for a living."

She put her love for cooking on hold as she got older, but it was her husband, Steph Curry, who convinced her to "return to her cooking passion," according to ESPN. She launched her blog in 2012, followed by a YouTube channel where she shares some of her favorite recipes, like Brown Sugar Bacon. Nom nom nom.

Food is life

To call Ayesha Curry a foodie is an understatement. Since she was a little girl, she has had a love affair with anything culinary-related. She frequently posts throwback photos on her Instagram account, and one picture, in particular, shows a young Ayesha surrounded by mounds of food on a dinner table. She captioned the photo: "Food … my love language. Circa 1992."

"I can remember what I ate in the most important moments in my life," she told Forbes, and this unique ability continues on to this day.

Ayesha recalled a Christmas Day gathering at her home that coincided with one of Steph Curry's basketball games. "I don't even remember the game, but I remember the food," she said. "We made lasagna and it was fast and easy. We had paper plates but nobody cared. Everyone was talking, laughing, and enjoying each other." 

Sounds like Ayesha just might be the first person ever with a foodographic memory. Sweet.

She 'struggled' with a major life decision

Ayesha Curry had "been involved in acting since she was 3 years old," according to ESPN, and while the sports website stated she didn't particularly "love it," she thought for sure she was destined to become an actress. So she headed out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment business. 

Marrying Steph Curry caused Ayesha's life to do a complete 180, causing her to put her aspirations on hold. She told Parents magazine that shortly after they tied the knot, she got pregnant with their first daughter, Riley. "She was a borderline honeymoon baby. So that became my next move," Ayesha said.

While she is passionate about her family and dedicates her life to being a mom, Ayesha admitted to Parents that she "struggled" with her decision to leave her acting career in the dust. Thankfully, she didn't have to put her dream on hold for an eternity. She has since flexed her acting chops on various television shows, including an appearance on Ballers, alongside her hubby.

This WAG has a voice

Ayesha Curry has caught a lot of heat for being outspoken on Twitter, including in 2016 when she wrote in a since-deleted tweet (via USA Today) that the NBA was "absolutely rigged for money" after her husband was ejected from Game 6 of the NBA finals in the Golden State Warriors' matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

But it was a December 2015 tweet that really left heads rolling when Ayesha Curry wrote: "Everyone's into barely wearing clothes these days huh? Not my style. I like to keep the good stuff covered up for the one who matters."

Her tweet regarding scantily-clad women immediately made headlines. For those who bashed her for her opinion, an equal amount of supporters came to her defense. Still, she told ESPN that she tries not to let the haters get to her. "At the end of the day, the internet is full of mean people," she said. "Who are these people in their everyday life? I pray for them."

It's not easy being a Curry

One would think that being married to a three-time basketball champion would come with an endless amount of perks — and we're sure it does — but there's another side to being a social media star and the wife of an NBA great. 

Ayesha Curry told ESPN that it has been "hard to stay normal" since she and Steph have been pushed into the limelight. Even attempting to do regular, everyday things is tricky for the Curry clan. "It takes a lot of planning for us to go out," she said. "Sometimes we just want to go out, and it involves bringing security, and we can't just go."

At the time of that interview, their son had yet to be born, so it was just Ayesha, her husband, and their two daughters. Ayesha admitted that she and Steph would sometimes opt to stay home with their girls instead of taking their daughters out into what could potentially be a "crazy" situation.

Thankfully, Ayesha said she didn't "have a problem with" staying at home, and we don't blame her. Have you seen their massive $5.77 million crib? We would stay inside all day, too!

Yup, she's bustier. So what?

During an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show, the celebrity chef and mom of three played a fun game of roulette. When the wheel prompted Ayesha Curry to reveal the funniest rumor she had ever heard about herself, after some hesitation, she answered, "That I got my boobs done." 

Oddly enough, the always open and honest entrepreneur admitted that the rumor was actually true! "I couldn't figure out how the heck they noticed," Ayesha said of the perceptive fans who clocked that her lovely lady lumps had gotten slightly bigger.

Of course, she didn't need to give a reason as to why she decided to go under the knife, but Ayesha came clean and stated that after breastfeeding her eldest daughter "for 15 months," she needed a little pick-me-up in the chest department. "Give me a break," she said. "A Kit Kat wasn't going to fix this." 

A special name 7 years in the making

Ayesha Curry told People magazine that it was on her honeymoon that she and her groom, Steph Curry, picked out their future babies' names while on their honeymoon in 2011. They decided on a name for a baby boy, and another name for a baby girl, though they opted to scratch the girl name and go with "Riley" instead when their eldest daughter was born in 2012. As for the boy name, well, they had to put it on ice.

After seven years of wedded bliss, and following the birth of their second daughter, Ryan Curry, in 2015, Ayesha was finally able to put the boy's name to use when she and Steph welcomed Canon Wardell Jack Curry in July 2018.

The name holds significant meaning to the power couple, too. Ayesha told People, "France is one of our favorite places to vacation, and so his name's actually French and it means young wolf, which Stephen loved because we kind of consider ourselves a wolf pack."

In French, Canon "means official of the church," which is uber-important to the family and their religious faith, and as for Canon's two middle names — Wardell and Jack — they're family names. "Stephen's first name's actually Wardell," Ayesha told People. "And his dad's name and his grandpa's name, so that's the name that's passed down. And then his grandpa who passed many years ago, everybody called him Jack, and so we gave him that name as well."

A son & boyfriend all in one

After years of being a #girlmom, Ayesha Curry added a baby boy, Canon Curry, to the mix. Right away, she noticed a difference. "There is just something special about the bond between a mom and her son." she told People. She also told the publication that after having her baby boy, love now "oozes," out of her. Digging deeper into her brand new, mother-son dynamic, she added, "It feels like he's my little boyfriend."

Okay, kind of strange, though we get her point. But Ayesha didn't stop there. "I am like a jealous girlfriend — I don't want anybody to touch him. I don't want anybody to hold him for longer than two seconds. He is all mine, and I want to keep it that way," she said.

Even though it's clear she's obsessed with her newest addition, there's one thing that will always be a priority in her life: her marriage. "Because when you become a parent, you want to put your kids first, and we do, but we do it second to our relationship," she told HelloGiggles in Jan. 2019. "Because ultimately, when our relationship is good, the kids are happy and they're thriving and our family life is good."

Empowering her daughter one swipe of makeup at a time

Growing up, Ayesha Curry had parents who were "very encouraging," she told Parents magazine. "I remember feeling powerful and that life had no ceiling," she said. "I try to encourage my girls through my actions as a mom and as a business woman. The world is yours for the taking. You just have to work for it."

One way she has chosen to empower her eldest daughter, Riley Curry, is by allowing her daughter to dabble in makeup. "I let her play around at home, but I had to make sure that she knew that in her own skin she is beautiful, and she doesn't need it, but I didn't want to inhibit her by telling her she couldn't play around with it," Ayesha told People.

Not only does the makeup "empower" Riley, but Ayesha believes it allows her daughter's "creativity" to "shine." And, luckily for Riley, with her mom being a CoverGirl ambassador, we're sure there's no shortage of makeup products for her to play with in the Curry household.

Third time's the toughest

After shocking her fans by revealing she was "preggers" with her third child, Ayesha Curry soon found out "that every pregnancy is different for every woman!" she shared with Go Inspowhile revealing she had been diagnosed with Hyperemesis gravidarum. "This basically means the nausea, incessant sickness and exhaustion probably won't go away," she wrote. "For the past 4 months, I've barely been able to eat let alone cook. The mere smell of food averts me." 

Her health condition also put her in a very bad mood. "I️ don't want to say I'm depressed because I️ take mental health very seriously but I️ am truly very very sad. When you can't do what you love all of a sudden because of an uncontrollable situation, it sucks," she shared.

Ayesha was hospitalized five times throughout her pregnancy, she revealed on her Instagram, and her condition led to her undergoing thyroid removal surgery months after she gave birth (via Houston Chronicle). Thankfully, in the end, her son Canon Curry was born healthy and looking like a spitting image of his handsome dad.

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