Fans were freaking out when news broke that Raptors star Kawhi Leonard reportedly welcomed a baby with girlfriend Kishele Shipley in Canada around two weeks ago at the end of March. The reveal came as a surprise to many, as Leonard had not shared the news with the public that his partner was pregnant. So who is Kawhi Leonard's wife Kishele Shipley and what do you need to know about her?
This Raptors player is a star in Toronto's eyes. He joined the franchise last summer in July 2018. Reports have suggested that the NBA player is expected to re-sign with the Raptors.
Kawhi Leonard has won over the hearts of many Torontonians, but who is the woman that has won over his heart? That would be his partner, Kishele Shipley.
Here's everything you need to know about Kishele Shipley and her relationship with Kawhi Leonard.
1. The couple is very private
The NBA player and his girlfriend have pretty much chosen to stay out of the spotlight and are incredibly private about their relationship despite being well-known public figures.
Neither of them has Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn accounts, meaning they are completely inactive on social media. Besides this, the couple rarely speaks publicly about their relationship or does public appearances together.
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2. The couple's current status has not been officially confirmed
Although there's much speculation that the duo is now married, the couple has never confirmed themselves the status of their relationship. ESPN reported that Shipley was Leonard's fiancee back in 2016, but no further definitive updates have been released since then.
Since they are still together and it's been several years since they were first engaged, many people assume that they are now married and refer to her as his wife. However, there has never been any proof or talk of a wedding.
3. Kishele Shipley and Kawhi Leonard are parents
The couple welcomed their first child three years ago in 2016, a baby girl. "It's just a great feeling, once you have a child," Leonard told ESPN.
Now, the couple is believed to have welcomed their second child after Shipley allegedly gave birth at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. If this is true, this would mean that their second child is a Canadian citizen, since they were born on Canadian soil.
4. She is older than Kawhi Leonard
Kishele Shipley was born on April 10, 1989, which makes her nearly 30 years old. 27-year-old Leonard was born two years later, on June 29, 1991. Both of them were born in California and grew up in the golden state. Shipley was born in San Diego and Leonard was born in Los Angeles.
5. The pair reportedly met while studying at San Diego State University
Both Shipley and Leonard attended San Diego State University, which is where the couple is believed to have met. For her undergraduate degree, Shipley pursued Public Administration.
Leonard played college basketball at the university's team from 2009 to 2011, the San Diego State Aztecs, for two seasons, before he was drafted for the NBA in 2011 by the Indiana Pacers.