Russell Wilson married his high school sweetheart Ashton Meem, but eventually he divorced her. He moved on to dating Ciara and very early on espoused his belief that being with the gorgeous singer was God’s plan. So was the divorce as well? Ciara and Russell married in 2016 and are happy together.
Divorce finalized around October 2014
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Russell Wilson and his first marriage to Ashton Meem
Russell Wilson met his ex-wife Ashton Meem at the high school and they began dating in 2006. She changed colleges three times to be with him and they were ultimately married after a six-year relationship in 2012. Russell is a devout Catholic and no doubt doesn’t take marriage lightly.
He and Ashton were engaged for two years before going down the aisle, so it came as a massive surprise to everyone when Russell took the unprecedented step of announcing his upcoming divorce via the Seahawks.
Up until two months prior to this announcement in April 2014, Russell and Ashton were by all appearances happy. Ashton had even talked about their future after Russell would retire from the NFL, which was and is still a long way off.
In addition to that Russell has a squeaky-clean image. He’s young, attractive, of rather strong faith and scandal-free. Some feared that the divorce might impact his marketability, but others said that he might become more attractive as a single.
What led to the divorce?
Of course there were plenty of rumours as to why the couple divorced. There were cheating rumours, which seemed rather unlikely, especially on his part. And there were nastier rumours that alluded to his upcoming Seahawks contract and the millions he stood to make from it.
But all those rumours don’t agree with Russell’s image and there’s no proof for any of them.
The one story everyone picked up and ran with where cheating allegations against Ashton with former teammate, Golden Tate. Whilst this could have been brushed off as another unfounded rumour, Golden elected to speak up on the issue, vehemently denying it and citing Ashton’s lasting friendship with his own girlfriend as proof.
Neither Ashton nor Russell ever spoke on the matter in particular, but neither ever went on record about the divorce at all either. Russell preferred to keep the matter private and Ashton did the same. It’s not even clear when the divorce was finalized, but presumably six months after it was filed, which is the required minimum amount of time and divorces usually only take longer if the ex-partners fight.
Ciara and Future canceling their future
A year later Russell began dating Grammy winner Ciara and the two have been the very picture of happiness since they first stepped out together.
Ciara previously dated and was engaged to rapper Future. The two had been together for a number of years and eventually even got engaged. With their first child on the way, it seemed a prudent move to get married, but it didn’t take long at all for Ciara to break the engagement. On social media and in interviews she hinted that Future’s lack of support was one of the reasons she ended the relationship.
Surely their son is a binding element and few people decide to end a relationship just as they are about to become parents for the first time. Still, Ciara must have felt strongly enough about it to do just that.
Apparently, Ciara wanted and needed someone to be there for her under any circumstances. That doesn’t mean her partner is supposed to sacrifice everything for her, but at least he’s meant to lift her up and not put her down.
Ciara and Russell are dating
And she seems to have found that in Russell Wilson. Despite being not only younger than her but also younger than Future, Russell seems to have the much more mature approach in their relationship.
He and Ciara continuously gush about each other in interviews and support just about anything the other says. Russell has gone so far as to claim that his relationship with Ciara was God’s plan (perhaps all along?) and that he had apparently even told friends that he would be with the singer before the two had ever met.
If that is indeed the case, he’s definitely rather clairvoyant, because the two have been going strong since the beginning. They even vowed to remain celibate until their wedding, which was Russell’s suggestion and Ciara went along with it.
Russell has been very open about the celibacy and the fact the God told him that he wants Russell to lead Ciara. The singer has agreed to it all and has always been quite happy with her quarterback, confirming that they have similar views on just about everything.
If it was God’s plan for these two lovebirds to be together, then it must have been His plan for Russell to divorce his ex-wife as well. Neither is likely going to give a statement on the matter and so this is as good a guess as to what ended the marriage as any of the others.
A dream wedding and their first child together
And whilst one marriage ended for Russell and another didn’t even begin for Ciara, the two have now managed to get married to each other. They had a dream wedding in the chapel of a castle in rural England with only 100 guests in attendance, both looking absolutely stunning and confirming to the world just how happy they are and how much they seem to be made for each other. As cheesy as that may sound, it does happen for a lucky few of us.
A day after their dream wedding they did cheekily confirm on social media that they ended their stint of celibacy. Eventually, we would have guessed as much anyway, especially since the two have welcomed their first child together in April 2017.
There have been rumours that Ciara might be expecting again, but thus far those are unconfirmed. We hope their marriage lasts and that their happiness continues. They’ve both been through failed relationships and if they can withstand the pitfalls of fame and envy from others, they may just grow old together – if that is indeed God’s plan for them.