Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been linked to girlfriend Golden, whose real name is Marlene Wilkerson, since December 2018. After Golden was spotted wearing a huge rock on her left ring finger, rumors started to fly that two are engaged, as TMZ reported.
Neither Irving nor Wilkerson have publicly confirmed their relationship, and both have attempted to keep their romance far from the public eye since the very beginning. But the Nets’ point guard has quietly included her in the moving short films he shares on Instagram. Every now and then, the 27-year-old NBA star, who was drafted as the first overall pick in 2011 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, posts brief heartfelt videos on his social media page.
In June, Wilkerson aka Golden appeared in a post which Kyrie captioned, “4 my Women and children I cannot change. The Love is too too unconditional, always will be. S/o my younger sister @ryrybuckets32 for this invite to the Imhotep School to watch her play. Still a dream! @carol.deee ?”
On November 11, his reported girlfriend and perhaps fiancée appeared in his short video biography. Irving captioned the post, “Thank you @instagram for capturing my 3 min autobiography, And @rocnationsports for helping to tell my side of the story.”
The slideshow of photos includes a picture of the couple kissing on a bench, and while the video plays Irving’s voice says, “Women in my family hold a very special place as queens.”
What First Sparked Engagement Rumors Between Irving & Golden?
Back In September, the couple was spotted out by TMZ, and Golden was rocking a huge diamond on her wedding finger. The sighting happened right after Irving signed a $141 million blockbuster contract with the Nets.
Golden, who’s a popular influencer with 431K followers on Instagram, models for Lash Effects LA, RPG Show Wigs and Good American. The 26-year-old beauty shares a lot of beauty tips online but has not posted any photos with Irving on her page.
Irving Has A Daughter From A Previous Relationship
In addition to his rumored fiancée, and Irving’s sister and half-sister, London and Asia, the most important woman in Irving’s life is his daughter, Azurie Elizabeth Irving, who just turned 4 on November 23. Irving named his child after his mother, Elizabeth, who passed away when he was only 4 years old.
His daughter’s mother is Andrea Wilson, who competed for Miss Texas in 2010. After she became pregnant, Irving filed court documents seeking a paternity test in 2015, as reported by TMZ. The couple started dating in 2013, but they were no longer together when Wilson became pregnant.
While Irving has taken full responsibility for his daughter and co-parents with Wilson, the couple did not get back together.
Irving Was Previously Engaged To Kehlani
Irving was once engaged to singer Kehlani, but they never married. Their relationship ended in 2016 after rumors surfaced that Kehlani cheated. However, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Irving penned a message to his former betrothed, who was getting an onslaught of hate-messages following their break up.
Alongside a photo of him and Kehlani, Irving wrote in 2018 on Instagram:
I’m sorry, i know this is long over due. I have to speak on this simply because I owe it to you and you deserve the world to see you for you and how beautiful you are inside and out, and not for the attachment to an emotional moment in time where we both had to grow up and learn about our hearts and our souls in a world that judges and adds on fictitious pressure. I do not want anymore negative energy towards her in any way. She did not cheat or intentionally hurt me. She actually did something extremely noble & respectful, but the fact that it’s still a lingering narrative is really outdated at this point.