Often citing the two as “relationship goals,” both Ciara and Russell were previously in serious relationships. Russell was once married to a woman named Ashton Meem, and Ciara had welcomed her son Future Zahir Wilburn with ex-fiancé and rapper Future in 2014.
In the beginning stages of their relationship, Russell’s mother, Tammy Wilson, gave her son some advice on loving a woman with a child on the Dell and Sonya Curry “Raising Fame: Sports Edition” podcast.
“When he first told me about her, he sent me a picture of her, and I’m like, ‘She looks familiar,'” Tammy said.
“I didn’t really follow Ciara, but I had seen a documentary, either seen a documentary or read an article about her,” Tammy added.
“I’m a mom, I love my kid, and I’m like, ‘Doesn’t she have a kid?’ So he and I had conversations about that,” Tammy admitted.
Tammy decided not to judge the situation and instead told her son, “If you’re really serious about it then you have to love that kid as if it were your own, even if that means you give that kid your name,” Tammy said.
Fans gave their thoughts about Russell’s mother being supportive of her son’s relationship with Ciara.
“Powerful, Mother! ❤️ That’s why he loved Ciara because his MOTHER LOVED HIM ENOUGH to TEACH him how to love and ensure that he was loved so that he could GIVE LOVE.”
“I love seeing this because I know a lot of salty mothers who don’t want their sons claiming children who are not biologically theirs as their own. 💕.”
“The secret as to why he’s such a great man… a beautiful black mother.”
“He was raised well & so was she & that’s why they work so well together! Happy for them both💛🌻.”
“Yessss, and we already know he was raised by a queen. That’s why he’s able to treat Ciara like a queen.”
“I listen to the whole podcast. Mama Tammy is the really MVP. I get why Russ is like that. He came from very educated, hard-working family. Family value. Love and respect is at heart of their upbringing. 😍❤👌🏾.”
Russell and Ciara wed in 2016 and welcomed their daughter Sienna Princess Wilson the following year. Ciara announced that she’s expecting baby No. 3 in an Instagram post on Thursday, Jan. 30.
“Number 3. 📸: @DangeRussWilson,” she captioned the photo.
Congrats to the Wilsons on their second blessing together.