In the new documentary titled Being Serena, fans get an opportunity to get up close and personal with tennis champion, Serena Williams. The documentary aired on HBO and in the film, fans get to see Serena embark on new adventures in her life such as being pregnant, having a child, getting married, and coming back to tennis. In the third episode, Serena revealed why she had no choice but to walk herself down the aisle on her wedding day. It appears that her father and longtime coach Richard Williams informed her exactly one hour before the wedding that he wasn’t going to walk his daughter down the aisle on her big day.
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Serena Williams Shared Why Her Dad Chose Not To Walk Her Down The Aisle On Her Wedding Day:
Tennis great, Serena Williams married Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian in a gorgeous, fairy tale wedding in New Orleans on November 16th on the day of Alexis Ohanian’s late mother’s birthday. New Orleans is one of Ohanian’s favorite places and the couple wed in the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans surrounded by a host of friends, families, as well as celebrities for the Beauty and the Beast-themed bash. The only thing missing was her father, Robert Williams.
On Wednesday, viewers were able to see Serena Williams receive a text message from her father in the new HBO documentary Being Serena. In a text message, Robert Williams informed Serena that he would not be able to walk her down the aisle on one of the biggest days of her life. While he was in New Orleans with a suit, Robert Williams deciding that giving his daughter away was too much for him.
He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited, explained Serena. But then he wrote me and said, ‘Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me, but I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m just too nervous.’
Surprisingly, Serena was not mad and she handled the change in her wedding like a champ. Remaining calm and collected, she texted her father a message of understanding and forgiveness. A true Daddy’s girl, Serena knew that her father declining had nothing to do with her but her father’s health isn’t the best so she put his needs above her own.
Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too. I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it,’ responded Serena. Maybe a lot of daughters wouldn’t react the same way, but I know the struggles he’s had these last few years. His health is better now, but I know he still doesn’t feel like himself, doesn’t feel like he’s perfect,’ said Serena. And if he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand. Look, when we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t get him. I don’t think a lot of them wanted to get him. I don’t think a lot of him could have anyway. Our family knows what we have, Serena proclaimed. We just want each other to be happy. That’s what matters. I don’t think anything could ever change that.
On the day of her wedding, Richard Williams was nowhere to be seen at the wedding. At the time when his daughter was beginning a new chapter in her life, Richard was closing a chapter as he was going through a contentious split from his wife at the time. Just days after the wedding, Richard filed a cyber stalking/stalking violence protective order against Lakeisha Williams, his 38-year-old estranged wife.
It’s clear that Serena and her dad have an unbreakable bond. Hopefully, her dad is on the road to recovery with his health and enjoying his adorable granddaughter as well as his son-in-law which reportedly he loves.