JJ Watt is each a winner in soccer — and in love!
The 29-year-old Houston Texans star is engaged to his longtime sweetheart, soccer participant Kealia Ohai, who captains the Houston Sprint of the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League. The couple confirmed the engagement on Instagram and Twitter Sunday.
“I’m the luckiest man in the world. #SheSaidYes,” Watt captioned a set of 4 portraits, considered one of which confirmed the athlete on bended knee in entrance of a picturesque location.
The pair have been courting for 3 years, after first assembly by Watt’s former Houston Texans teammate Brian Cushing, who’s married to Ohai’s older sister, Megan.
Rumors of their romance started to swirl in early 2016 when Watt was noticed at Sprint video games, and when he wore a shirt sporting the No. 7 — which is Ohai’s jersey quantity — throughout a press convention.
They first went public with their relationship when Ohai, 27, was a visitor on the two Up Entrance podcast in 2017, the place she referred to as Watt considered one of her “great friends” whereas confirming they had been courting. However Watt saved issues mum whereas solely dropping delicate hints about their romance, reminiscent of posting a Snapchat image throughout the holidays that confirmed “J” and “K” stockings at his house.
Watt quickly took issues public, nevertheless, when he shared photos from the couple’s trip to Mexico in January 2017.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 27, 2019
“She’s awesome. We just went to Mexico for her birthday and the whole weekend was competition — whether it was ping pong or the weight room,” Watt advised PEOPLE in February 2017. “She’s extremely competitive which is a ton of fun. She’s incredible.”
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When requested why he waited practically a yr to go public, Watt stated: “There’s a little bit of that cat and mouse game where everyone wants a photo of us and wants us to confirm it. And I was like, all right, I’ll do it so now we can enjoy ourselves and live happily. And it’s been great.”
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Since then, Watt has fortunately posted photos of his outings with Ohai, reminiscent of in February 2019 when he shared pictures of him packing on the PDA together with his sweetheart throughout a trip to Laguna Seashore in California.
Whereas attending the Sports activities Illustrated Awards in 2017, Watt and Ohai advised PEOPLE that their ardour for competitors may be very a lot current of their relationship.
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“We’re very competitive,” Watt, who raised greater than $37 million in lower than three weeks for hurricane reduction after Hurricane Harvey rampaged by Houston, stated. “Very, very competitive and we like to workout together. She’s much faster than me, I’m slightly stronger.”
“We have a lot of fun together,” he added.