Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving‘s name has been in the headlines for some time regarding his choice not to get the COVID-19 vaccine and how that affected when he could and couldn’t play at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. With Irving in the news so much some fans are wondering about his personal life and his partner.
Here’s more about Marlene “Golden” Wilkerson including the other athletes she dated before Irving and how many children she has with the Nets point guard.
Wilkerson is a blogger, model, and YouTube star
Wilkerson was born on Aug. 18, 1993, in Compton, California. She attended California State University and was once a marketing associate for Victoria’s Secret.
Wilkerson has also worked as an Instagram model and made a name for herself as a blogger and YouTuber as well. The influencer has more than 400,000 followers on social media and over 780,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel called The Find Guru. Wilkerson gives tips and insight about all different types of lifestyle content ranging from fashion to fitness to nutrition to motivation, with a goal of spreading positivity and happiness.
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How Wilkerson and Irving met
Irving and Wilkerson started dating in 2018 and were photographed with each other at the NBA player’s Invitational Basketball Camp. At the time Sports Gossip reported: “Kyrie Irving and his new girlfriend Golden were spotted together at Kyrie’s Invitational last week … We received a tip that the [NBA] star was seeing someone new. Now, we have pictures of the two from Irving’s Invitational.”
In 2019, reports surfaced that they were engaged after Wilkerson was spotted with a huge rock on that finger. Multiple outlets noted that her diamond ring is a 4-carat round cut with diamond pave accents on claw prongs holding the center diamond. The sparkler is thought to be worth around $270,000.
How many kids they have together
In June 2021, Wilkerson and Irving welcomed a son together. The couple released a video documenting the model’s pregnancy journey and natural birth. This is the first child for the YouTube personality and the second for Irving who has one daughter, Azurie Elizabeth, from his previous relationship with Miss Texas 2010 Andrea Wilson. His little girl is named after Irving’s mother, Elizabeth, who died in 1996.
After Wilson, Irving became involved with singer-songwriter Kehlani Parrish, cheerleader Gabrielle Lexa, and disc jockey Chantel Jeffries.
According to Pop Culture, before Irving Wilkerson was linked to a couple of other athletes including soccer star Layvin Kurzawa and Dexter Strickland. The latter actually played basketball with Irving in high school before joining the North Carolina Tar Heels and then BC Odessa of the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague.
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