Ciara is gushing over her friendship with tennis great Serena Williams. The 23-time Grand Slam champion was recently on the cover of Insider’s first digital issue and in the interview, the superstar singer was asked about her bond with Serena. The two have been friends for many years and have supported each other through the milestones in their lives.
Cici has been there for Serena’s tennis matches, wedding, and baby shower. In fact, they were both pregnant at the same time with Serena expecting her first child Alexis and Ciara expecting her second child Sienna. Their daughters also had their first playdate while they were both in Cannes in June 2019.
“The moments I cherish ❤️. @serenawilliams and I with our girls in Cannes. #SweetMemories #MomLife,” the “Goodies” singer wrote in the caption.
The tennis champion also attended Ciara’s big Las Vegas girls’ getaway back in 2016. In the Insider story, Ciara shared the key to their long-lasting friendship in an email.
“I think the key to our friendship is the fact that when we get together it's not about what we do in our professional lives — it's about being free to experience our authentic selves with each other,” she wrote. “The world gets to see her passion for tennis when she's on the court, but behind the scenes, she carries that same passion and enthusiasm.”
Serena also shares that same passion and enthusiasm for business. The 40-year-old multi-hyphenate created an investment firm called Serena Ventures where she focuses on providing funding for women and Black people. With all of her career moves, the mother of one admitted that she loves to take on challenges and prove to others that you can do anything you set your mind to.
“Whether it's venture people saying that I shouldn't be doing it, or it's tennis when people said I'll never be good at it, I do think there's a part of me that always will enjoy proving people wrong,” she said. “And sometimes you just need something to feed the fire, right?”
“I'm like, ‘Oh that's what I needed to hear. You're going to regret what you just said.’ But that's me, and growing up behind Venus, I had to have that personality.”
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