In May 2019 Stephen Curry’s wife, Ayesha, made an appearance on the popular Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk. At one point during the episode, she opened up about a sensitive subject – one which led to a rather frank admission. And afterwards, the NBA superstar directed some strong words towards his spouse via his Instagram Stories.
While Stephen is arguably one of the biggest stars in basketball, his wife has also carved out an interesting career for herself. Prior to their marriage in 2011, you see, Ayesha had been an aspiring actress and had appeared in a number of on-screen stints. But after settling down, she seemingly started a totally different venture.
Indeed, not only did Ayesha begin writing a food blog, but she also set up her own YouTube channel. And since then, she’s featured in several TV cooking programs and has even authored her own recipe book. What’s more, the chef also became involved with the International Smoke restaurant chain.
Ayesha hit the headlines for a very different reason in May 2019, however. During her time on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, she confessed that she doesn’t receive any “male attention” now, and that this has in fact affected her self-esteem. And those comments sparked plenty of criticism online, too – before Stephen responded a few days later.
Throughout the NBA’s long history, countless superstars have been born thanks to their impressive skills on the court. From the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Michael Jordan, these men have all written their names in the sport’s history books. And in more recent times, basketball fans have been treated to a glut of great players.
Stars such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant have all enjoyed great careers, picking up multiple honors along the way. And Stephen Curry can certainly count himself among that group as well, as he’s built a remarkable reputation in the sport. In fact, some even consider him to be the NBA’s best-ever shooter.
Born in March 1988, Stephen spent his early years in Ohio, during which time his dad, Dell Curry, played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dell also went on to join the Charlotte Hornets, meaning his family had to relocate to North Carolina. It was at that point, then, the future basketball star began to take an interest in the sport.
Stephen and his sibling Seth frequently went to watch their father play, and they, too, would take to the court prior to the games. That passion continued to grow as Stephen got older, with the family making another big move during his childhood. After Dell was signed by the Toronto Raptors, you see, they packed their bags for Canada.
While living in Toronto, Stephen joined the basketball team at Queensway Christian College. And he certainly made an impact on the side, as they didn’t lose a single game over the course of that season. The youngster’s hard work didn’t end there, either, with Toronto 5-0 acquiring his talent as well.
Across a season that spanned 37 games, Stephen helped Toronto 5-0 to an impressive 33 victories. And as a result of those excellent displays, the team picked up the local title. That experience certainly played a major role in his development, ahead of what would go on to be a significant period in his life.
Returning to his father, however. Once Dell’s time with the Toronto Raptors came to an end, he eventually retired from the sport. His clan then traveled back to their old home of Charlotte, North Carolina. And from there, Stephen went on to become a student at Charlotte Christian School – where, of course, he joined the basketball team.
The period that followed proved fruitful for Stephen’s fledgling career, and he picked up some personal accolades for his performances. Alongside that, the budding star won three conference championships with the school’s team, hinting at the successes that would come in the future.
Stephen had ambitions of following in his father’s footsteps and taking up college basketball. In the end he enrolled at Davidson College, where he enjoyed an incredible spell. Yes, playing for the Davidson Wildcats, the future superstar scored in excess of 2,400 points during his time at the university.
Unsurprisingly, those numbers caught the attention of the NBA, and the Golden State Warriors recruited Stephen in the 2009 draft. Since then, the point guard has established himself as one of the league’s star players, picking up plenty of honors along the way. He won two MVP awards back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, for instance.
Alongside those accolades, Stephen has won the NBA championship three times with the Golden State Warriors. And as if this weren’t enough, he’s also been named in the league’s All-Star team for the past five years. But what of his life away from the court? Well, that seems to be in a very good place, too.
That’s right, Stephen encountered his future wife, Ayesha, as a teenager; they both attended the same church, you see. However, his memory of the moment isn’t as clear as you might think. Speaking to People magazine in May 2017, Stephen admitted, “I don’t remember the exact first day I saw her. There was no wind blowing in her face with a backlight.”
Ayesha, it seems, has since provided a bit more information about the situation at that time. “We were just kids,” the chef told People. “[Stephen] was the cute boy at church that all of the girls were obsessed with, so I made a generalization that maybe he wasn’t for me.”
A former resident of Ontario, Canada, young Ayesha had aspirations of becoming an actress. In fact, as a means to try and further her career, she moved to Los Angeles, California. And by the end of 2008, Stephen’s future partner had taken advantage of four different acting opportunities – including a TV show called Whittaker Bay.
It was around this point in her life that Ayesha crossed paths with Stephen yet again, and the pair subsequently formed a romantic bond. Yes, around three years later, the couple went on to tie the knot in the summer of 2011. Following that moment, Ayesha changed her career trajectory; this led to some exciting opportunities in the culinary industry.
Pursuing her passion for all things food, Ayesha put together a cookbook titled The Seasoned Life, and she also fronted a television show of her own. Known as Ayesha’s Home Kitchen, the program hit the small screen back in 2016, with the final episode airing the following year. However, it wasn’t her cooking career that brought her to the media’s attention back in May 2019.
That month, you see, Ayesha appeared on the popular Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk. The series is hosted by actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who’s joined by her daughter Willow and her mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Each episode covers a different topic, with the three ladies offering their personal, multi-generational views alongside the guest stars for that particular week.
The first season of Red Table Talk spanned 27 episodes and concluded in January 2019. Then, just a few months later, season two began with a bang, with the show’s first episode being set in Stephen and Ayesha’s house. That’s right, the basketball star’s wife appeared alongside her husband’s sister and mom as well as a future in-law.
And one particular topic of conversation generated plenty of interest online, as Ayesha shed some light on the female attention that her husband gets. Speaking with the other ladies around the table, she said, “Stephen is very nice by nature, and he’s very talkative. So things are always, like, very friendly.”
“[But] sometimes [it gets] to the point where I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m a grown woman, so I’ll just insert myself [into the conversation],’” Ayesha continued. “The ladies will always be lurking, hoping for their moment and waiting. You need to be aware of that. But for me, I honestly hate it.”
Ayesha then made a somewhat surprising confession to the rest of the women in the room. After touching upon what she goes through regarding her husband’s female admirers, she went on to talk about the attention that she receives from the opposite sex. And according to her, there’s a significant difference on that front.
She said, “Something that really bothers me, and like honestly has given me a sense of a little bit of insecurity, is the fact that, yeah, there are all these women throwing themselves [at Stephen], but me, [for] the past ten years, I don’t have any of that. I have zero – this sounds weird – male attention.”
“And so, then I begin to internalize it,” Ayesha added. “And I’m like, ‘Is something wrong with me?’ I don’t want [attention from men], but it would be nice to know that someone’s looking!” Off the back of this admission, then, the episode covered a few more topics of a similar nature, before subsequently coming to a close.
Since being posted on Facebook, the episode has earned around 14 million views and more than 140,000 likes. It’s also generated in excess of 15,000 comments from online users. And despite everything else in the video, it’s been Ayesha’s comments that have really caught the attention of those on social media.
In fact, Ayesha’s surprising confession provoked a number of mocking posts on Twitter, with users making fun of the chef’s reflections. And as a result of that online backlash, Stephen decided to step in. Using Instagram Stories, he stood up for his wife amidst all of the hurtful comments.
“[I’m] proud of you for being authentic and putting yourself out there,” Stephen wrote. “Not being afraid of potential bull**** and nonsense that could and did come at you. Way more positive than negative with all of this. Keep being you. I love you.” And to emphasize his support, the NBA star posted his message over an image of the happy couple.
Moreover, Ayesha herself had decided to speak out around 24 hours before Stephen made his post. So, in an effort to address the controversy and explain why she wanted to share her feelings with the world, the former actress had made a lengthy statement on her own Instagram page.
It read, “This is me throwing a pair of spanx in a Marie Kondo-Esque bin,” referring to the post’s accompanying photo. “‘Does it spark joy?’ I have never been one to cage my feelings and emotions in any capacity. I am human.” And her thoughts certainly didn’t end there.
“It brings me pure joy to speak my mind, be vulnerable at times and to know myself inside and out,” Ayesha continued. “Seeing as how it’s mental health awareness month, I really want to take the time to encourage everyone to speak their truth regardless of perception, fitting into a mold or offending someone. Because it’s YOUR truth.”
Following that statement, then, Ayesha reiterated that she wanted to help people in similar positions to herself. Going back to her comments in the Red Table Talk episode, the chef believed that opening up could inspire others to do the same. That’s not all, though, as we’re about to find out.
Ayesha wrote, “If what I’m not afraid to say out loud about being a 30-year-old mama of three helps another woman like me feel like they’re not alone and not the only one with an insecurity (because we ALL have them, don’t play) then that makes all of this hoopla worth it.”
Next, Ayesha looked back at the video that sparked the backlash. “If you get a chance to watch the actual Red Table Talk [episode] and not the headlines and rumors, please do!” she continued. “There is so much more depth to the talk. And our family is grateful to Jada Pinkett Smith for giving us the opportunity to bond together.”
Ayesha then brought her lengthy post to a close by sharing one last message. “As women, let’s continue to uplift, empower and not suppress and compress our feelings and thoughts,” she wrote. “As fleeting as some of them may be. Love to you all! Go FIND YOUR JOY and SPEAK YOUR TRUTH unapologetically.”
And Ayesha’s words appeared to strike a chord on Instagram, with users flocking to read her retort to the criticism. Indeed, since being posted, the message has earned close to 500,000 likes while also garnering more than 30,000 comments. Many of those responses are very supportive of Stephen’s wife, too.
One user in particular seemed to have been touched by Ayesha’s comment regarding mental health, with the individual even going on to explain their own situation. “Thank you. I suffer from mental illness and am refusing to take prescription meds,” they wrote. “I look each day to hope. I speak out and am told not to. Finding this post helps another day.”
Another person in the comments section hailed Ayesha’s attitude, suggesting that her stance was being appreciated. “Thank you for your honesty, transparency and your truth,” the social media user stated. “Break chains. Continue to use your platform to uplift and encourage! Big up yourself, you’re making you proud.”