NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire’s fiancee Alexis Welch recently sat down with the NY Post to talk about the marriage proposal, how she first met Amar’e, their three kids together and spending her life as a real “Basketball Wife.”
Also, Welch joked about how she was scared to say hi to Beyonce at a recent event at the MET Ball.
Here’s a few excerpts from the interview below:
On first meeting Amare at a party when she was 19
“Since we were both 19, they put us in a private room in the back of the club. He was wearing a Kansas City Chiefs Joe Montana jersey,” says Welch. “I’m originally from there, so we started talking about Montana when he played there. I’ve always liked guys who were taller than me when I wear heels.
“We were both really young, so we went to a lot of movies. I would make him dinner, and we would just spend time together. We would talk all the time. We’re a cooking family. We had some good old-fashioned mac and cheese and greens. [And] he put sugar on his greens. It was his Southern roots shining through.”
On being nervous to say hi to Beyonce
“Thank goodness, Amar’e is used to these events, so he makes me feel more comfortable. We were standing close to Beyoncé, but I was too nervous to introduce myself. Everyone has a wish list of celebrities [to meet]. She’s on there. But now, her husband is the owner of the Nets, so there’s a little bit of a rivalry going on.”
On the marriage proposal
I’m usually on top of everything, but he got me. We were going to France to visit Cognac [area]. We went back [to the room], and there were rose petals leading to a balcony with a 365-degree view of Paris. We walked out to the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. He had an acoustic-guitar player. He had a saxophonist. This is another side of Amar’e that people don’t get to see. I’m just getting teary-eyed talking about it.
On their children
“Our oldest daughter dances competitively and cheers for our son’s football team. Our son plays football and basketball. Our youngest is still figuring out her sports. They are young, so they still enjoy being with us. So I’m going to enjoy every minute. I’ll take my time and only do things that make sense for our family.”
On hanging out with other New York Knicks Basketball Wives
“[Kimberly Chandler, Tyson Chandler’s wife] has three small children as well, so I know we’ll probably hang out more when we get to the city.”
Read the entire interview over at the NY POST.