- During an appearance on Monday on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian described the moment he fell for his wife, Serena Williams.
- The magic moment happened while the two were watching a leopard at the Paris zoo ravage the dead bunny it had been given for its dinner, Ohanian said.
The Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian just gave us yet another reason to love his romance with the tennis champion Serena Williams.
In an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday, Ohanian was coaxed into telling the story of how he met his wife, with whom he now has an 8-month-old daughter.
“How does a self-described unequivocal nerd end up with one of the greatest athletes in recorded history?” Colbert jokingly asked Ohanian. “How does that come about? It’s not a natural match.”
“I would beg to differ on one hand, because she’s actually a total nerd,” Ohanian said.
He then revealed that the two met by chance. Ohanian was at a conference in Rome while Williams was playing a tournament there. Ohanian was drinking coffee outside at his hotel, and an Australian man – who turned out to be Williams’ assistant – tried to get him to leave by telling him there was a rat by his table.
“I told him: ‘Thank you, but I’m from Brooklyn – I see rats all the time. It’s really not a big deal,'” Ohanian said.
His indifference got the attention of Williams, who turned around and asked him if he really wasn’t freaked out by rats. They started talking, and she asked what he did for a living. When he told her he helped create Reddit, she said she had never heard of the site.
Before parting, they traded contact information, and Williams invited Ohanian to see her compete at the French Open. Though she had offered the invitation half-heartedly, Ohanian said, he accepted without reservation and flew to Paris shortly afterward.
He coyly told her that he was very busy but wanted to spend some time together. The two eventually spent a day wandering Paris and visited a zoo.
While there, they happened upon a leopard’s enclosure at its feeding time. They watched as the ravenous big cat feasted on a dead bunny that had been flung at it.
“It was a show,” Ohanian said. “I mean, this leopard just went in, and blood is going everywhere.”
Williams was visibly disturbed by the scene, so Ohanian held and comforted her. He said he sensed the connection right then and there.
“In that moment, thanks to that poor, poor rabbit, I found love,” Ohanian said. “In spite of everything else.”
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