Inside Ayesha And Steph Curry's Marriage

Steph Curry is one of the most successful basketball players of current times. The charismatic hoops star is best known for his unstoppable three-pointers and in 2022, he even earned the MVP award of that year's NBA All-Star game. In short, he is an unstoppable force on the court who is enjoying a fairytale career most ballers can only dream of.

Outside of the game, Steph is also known for his fairytale marriage. On top of being the parents of three beautiful tots, he and his wife, Ayesha Curry, are also the co-hosts of the HBO Max celebrity quiz show, "About Last Night." For her part, Ayesha has also been busy building an impressive culinary empire. Together the childhood sweethearts are truly living the good life and loving one another every step of the way.

Even the most high-profile love stories have some lesser-known facts available about them. A love story full of history, family, faith, and constant support for each other, this is the scoop on Steph and Ayesha's marriage — their tale is truly one for the times. 

Do Ayesha and Steph have an open marriage?

Ayesha and Steph Curry seem to have a pretty darn perfect union — especially by celebrity couples' standards. But that's not to say they are not above being the center of speculation. Per The Jasmine Brand, in 2021, the Instagram gossip page Deuxmoi shared a blind item on their Stories from an anonymous source about a famous NBA couple who weren't as faithful as they appeared. The post read, in part, "They both have side hookups and flings, but keep it very private to keep up the perfect family image they show to the world." As noted by The Jasmine Brand, many speculated that it was about the couple.

A month later, Ayesha was forced to address the rumors on Instagram. On a post celebrating her hubby's GQ cover story, a since-deleted comment criticized her for wanting an open relationship with him. The comment continued, "If I were him, you woulda been sent to the streets already." The Shade Room appeared to screenshot the interaction, with Ayesha quick to deny the accusations. She responded to the comment, "Don't believe everything you read. Do you know how ridiculous that is? Don't disrespect my marriage like that. Please and thank you." Mrs. Curry shut those rumors down real quick. Moving on. Next!

Steph has a thing for his wife's feet

Let's be real, Ayesha Curry is drop-dead gorgeous by just about any beauty standards, so her husband likely finds many of her body parts to be very appealing. While Steph Curry has been on the record about appreciating her smarts and talents just as much as her beauty, there is one body part that he is particularly drawn to and it's probably not what most people would assume it to be – Steph loves his wife's feet

In fact, Ayesha knows how much he goes gaga over her toes, so she makes sure to snap pics of them for him. Showing off a picture of her tootsies on an episode of the daytime talk show "The Real," she explained, "My husband really loves my feet, and so the light was hittin' them just right that day and so, I was like, let me just snap this photo and send him a picture of my feet." 

A few months prior to his wife's outing of his feet-fervor, Steph gave a little shout-out to his favorite body part on Instagram. Sharing a picture of him posing hungrily beside Ayesha in a fresh outfit with a set of socks on her feet, he added the caption, "I just wanna get that foot popping love in my life." Thus proving he is as full of love as he is of humor.

Ayesha had a no athletes policy

It is hard to believe that Ayesha Curry once held a no-athletes dating policy. Luckily for Steph Curry, that policy certainly crashed and burned. Ayesha elaborated on her former high school dating stance when the pair appeared on "The Tonight Show." The bestselling cookbook author regaled Jimmy Fallon with a tale of how her teenage self had been instructed to write down qualities of a dream date. In capital letters, she wrote No athletes. "I don't know why this was a high school activity that the theater teacher had us do, but she had us write down what we were looking for in a significant other," she explained. "It was 'High School Musical' days. I was in my feelings, and I wrote that on there. So it's like one of those things — be careful what you say because God definitely has a sense of humor." 

Speaking to People, Ayesha further elaborated that she had the policy as a teenager because she thought athletes were arrogant. To be fair, it isn't like she ditched her no-athlete policy and started taking up with pro-players galore. Yes, she is wed to a basketball great, but he is her one and only athlete, after all.

For the record, they're definitely not siblings

Couples want to look good together, not look like each other! Steph and Ayesha Curry are beautiful people and they do make a handsome pair, but some apparently say they look a little more like they share DNA than share a bed — specifically, those people are none other than the couple's own family members. 

A teenage Ayesha thought future hubby Steph Curry was a dreamboat, even back when the pair were shy, church-going kids. She described her initial impressions of the young NBA star to People, "He was the cute boy at church that all of the girls were obsessed with." Her family didn't see the love connection right away. In fact, Ayesha told Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" that her parents had a very different first reaction to Steph. She explained, "I just remember ... my family saying, 'he looks like your brother!'" She went on to say she doesn't see the resemblance but all of their family definitely does. The witty woman jested, "Look, we took a 23andMe test, we're in the clear. Everything's fine."

Ayesha won Steph's heart with prayers and candies

Steph Curry's parents couldn't be happier about their son's partner, and his mom isn't shy about gushing over the pair's love. "It's so beautiful. I just really look and say, 'Ugh, sometimes, I'm just like, are you serious? Seriously? They're so perfect," Sonya Curry jested in Marcus Thompson's book, "Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry." For a time Sonya prayed that her son would focus only on school and basketball, and not on girls. Her tune changed one significant spring morning when she instead asked that her son could meet his significant other. By Summer, Steph had relocated to Los Angeles where he reconnected with Ayesha Curry. 

Previously, the culinary entrepreneur had attempted to win the heart of her church crush in a very sweet way, by using candy to land her man. "I love Canadian candy, and so she was the candy plug for a long time," he explained on The Tonight Show. "... Just bring back candy from Canada and we'll get off to a good start." Still, not everyone was as impressed. As a little sister watching from the sidelines, Sydel Curry thought her future sister-in-law's attempts to charm Steph were weak. "That's how she would flirt with him," she recalled in "Golden." "... She would find him after church, barely say two words, and like walk away. I would look at her like 'God, she's so lame.' He clearly liked it. It left an impression."

Their engagement wasn't a celebrity-standard event

Celebrity engagements can be over-the-top, highly publicized deals. But not every celeb throws down the big bucks for a moment of a lifetime. When Steph Curry proposed to Ayesha Curry, there were no fireworks, no string quartets, and no lavish party. In planning his proposal, the basketball star stayed intimate and meaningful, popping the question to his future bride in the most modest, down-to-earth way possible. "Yeah, it was like 'The Notebook.' The plan was to act like we were going to a family cookout," Steph explained in an interview with Parents magazine (via E! News). "So we pulled up to the house, and I stopped in the middle of the driveway, got down on my knee, and went into my spiel. Little did I know the whole family was looking out the window, videotaping the moment." The engagement venue was simple but not without sentiment, as the driveway Steph proposed in was the scene of their first kiss.

Ten years later, they renewed their vows in a similar down-to-earth, family-centric fashion. Ayesha shared the renewal news in a sweet Instagram post, where she revealed that her husband surprised her with the ceremony. "He even picked out my dress for me and had it waiting," she wrote. "Our big girl Riley officiated and Ryan and Canon walked me through the grass of our backyard. It's everything I've always dreamed of but didn't know could be possible in this way." 

Ayesha is no basketball wife

Plenty of women wed to the biggest names of the sport relish the title of basketball wife, but not Ayesha Curry. During an interview with "Good Morning America," she explained her stance. "I don't like to call myself a basketball wife. I like to say I'm just a young woman who happened to marry somebody that ended up playing basketball," she asserted. "And for him, I don't think he would identify himself as a basketball player. He's a young man of God placed in a great position doing what he loves, playing basketball." She reiterated her down-to-earth perspective in 2018, telling NBC News that out of the many roles she has, being a mom and a wife are the two that take priority for her. 

Ayesha may prefer not to call herself a basketball wife, even now that she is a major part of a basketball dynasty, but that doesn't mean she steers clear of the court. Making games isn't as easy now as it was pre-kids, but she still makes it a point to show her sideline support when she can. Especially when the game is a big one. If she can't be there, expect a shoutout on social media. When Steph Curry made three-point history in 2021, Ayesha got on Instagram to sing his praises, writing, "2974 and counting. Congrats, my baby. I love you so much! You did that. To God be the glory. I'm so proud of ya."

It wasn't love at first sight

Fans look at the Currys now and likely think their story is a love-at-first-sight tale. While they are head over heels for one another, their love was something that was earned rather than immediate. The couple initially met through church when they were young teens. She wasn't allowed to date and he was too shy to ask for her digits, so friends they remained. Speaking to People, Steph recalled that there weren't any fireworks in the early days. "I don't remember the exact first day I saw her ... There was no wind blowing in her face with a backlight," he joked. 

In an interview with Parents Magazine (via E! Online) the couple revealed that they stayed in the friend zone throughout their teens until a reconnection in Los Angeles had them re-evaluating their relationship. While Ayesha thought they were just old pals catching up, Steph went in for a smooch. Awkwardly, his future wife pulled a duck and weave move.

"I didn't know we had those feelings — I was flattered once I realized halfway through the dive-in that he had other feelings," she explained. Luckily, the two were able to rectify the bad smooch and make their romance work. After years of being church acquaintances and teenage friends, they finally realized that their relationship was meant to be much more. 

No wedding gifts allowed

When Steph and Ayesha Curry announced they were getting married, there had to be droves of well-wishers who couldn't wait to shower the beautiful couple with love and fancy gifts. With besties like Gabrielle Union, Mia Wright, and Jessica Alba, the Currys could have started their marriage with gorgeous wedding gifts galore, but the humble pair decided to skip the traditional registry.

Instead, they asked that those wanting to do something special in honor of their upcoming nuptials donate to a cause dear to their hearts. Per a press release published by Cision, the couple asked guests to donate to Thanks USA, an organization devoted to providing scholarship opportunities to the kin of soldiers. The Currys are no strangers to giving. According to Look To the Stars, Steph has supported many charities, including Nothing But Net, Animal Rescue Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Brotherhood Crusade, and more. 

In 2019, he and his wife launched Eat. Learn. Play, a foundation providing meals to families in Oakland, California, who were at risk of food insecurity. Two years later, the charity had provided 16 million meals to families. Steph explained his reasoning for implementing the charity to the San Francisco Chronicle, "So many kids were hanging in the dark. It was alarming. We are excited about the work we're doing, but it's hard to celebrate because it means the need is so great. That's the dichotomy."

They keep things hot with chill date nights

All couples have to find ways to keep the spark in their romance. When it comes to keeping the flame burning, high-profile couples are no different than everyday pairs who have to find ways to ignite their passion. Steph and Ayesha Curry have their own way of keeping the spice in their marriage. However, their trick to staying hot for one another is about as simple as it comes — the power duo makes sure to maintain their date nights. They strip off their titles of basketball star and wife, and of being mom and dad to three kids, and get back to some relationship basics. "For us, it's just not forgetting to date each other — make the time to get dressed up and go out and do all the things. That's what keeps it spicy," Ayesha revealed to "Access Hollywood." 

The wealthy King and Queen of the Court could jet to the most romantic places on earth, but the Currys simply get dressed up and go out together. Sometimes, they even stay in. As Steph fessed up to E! Online, his ideal date night takes place at home. "We love to order in, sweatpants, big ole t-shirt, no makeup ... some wine," he said. They aren't shy about posting their stolen moments on Instagram either, showing moms and dads everywhere that love can be simple no matter who you are

Steph Curry isn't the MVP of his kitchen

Steph Curry might be a star on the court, but not in the grocery aisles if Ayesha Curry has anything to say about it. In an ABC News interview, the Golden State Warriors player revealed that grocery store shopping isn't exactly his specialty. "My wife doesn't let me do it that often, 'cause I always mess somethin' up," he said. "I'll forget one of the main ingredients for the recipe ... So I'm on a short leash when it comes to the grocery store runs. But I like doin' it." 

It isn't just store runs Steph apparently fails at. He admitted to Bay Area rap legend E-40 in a "5 Minutes from Home" interview that he's also lacking in culinary skills. "I can't cook for nothing. I met my wife, she can cook for the both of us," he insisted. "If I ever try to get in the kitchen trying to help she gave me the side-eye like, 'Nah, I got this, don't mess with my process.'" In fairness to him, Ayesha is definitely fully capable of handling that domain herself. Steph's entrepreneur wife is a successful cookbook author, a cooking show host, the name behind a QVC cookware line, and a partner of the successful restaurant, International Smoke. 

They have a secret signal

Lots of athletes have rituals they engage in before playing a game. Some rituals are pretty normal, like how Tiger Woods wore a red shirt on Sundays to reach his best golf game. Others are wild, such as Jason Giambi and the golden thong that he swears helps bring him baseball greatness. 

According to E! News, Steph and Ayesha Curry have a pre-game ritual of their own. Before Steph takes to the court and starts slinging three-pointers, he taps the tattoo of two arrows pointing towards one another on his left arm. Wherever Ayesha is in the stands, she returns the tap by touching the matching tat she shares with her hubby. Speaking to People, entertainment reporter Cat Sadler claimed that the couple got inked after seeing her very own two arrows tattoo. As she explained, the tattoo has a powerful meaning to it, offering a reminder to let go of the past and to stay in the present as nothing in the future is guaranteed. When the couple saw Sadler explaining the tattoo on TV, they apparently got the same design. 

Steph and Ayesha also have matching tats honoring each of their children. On Instagram, the culinary mogul explained the significance of each design, pointing out, "Canon will always be our young wolf. Ryan our butterfly ... and Riley our horse (free-spirited, which we turned into a unicorn because she's our magical firstborn)." Hey, the couple that tats together stays together.