Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, and Ciara, a pop star and his wife, are the epitome of a dream couple. But not many people are aware that Wilson was previously wed to a blonde beauty whose named Ashton Meem before he married his current wife in 2016. Even though Meem is notoriously private, we were still able to obtain some vital information regarding their marriage. Continue reading to find out more about Wilson’s first experience with married life.
Ashton Meem and Russell Wilson’s Love Story
Ashton Meem was Russell Wilson’s first wife and is now his ex-wife. Wilson is the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. In the early aughts, when they were still in their teens, they made their debut.
Meem was quoted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch as saying, “We met briefly in high school,” as part of the couple’s wedding announcement in 2012.
The next time they saw each other was at a summer party, and shortly after that, they began dating. While the two were still in school, they started dating and carried on a relationship despite the distance that separated them.
Meem relocated from the University of Georgia to North Carolina State University so that she could be nearer to her boyfriend Wilson. One year after she received her diploma, her boyfriend made the move to the University of Wisconsin to play football for the Badgers.
On the first of August in 2010, Wilson surprised President Obama by booking a stay for him in the Presidential Suite of an upscale hotel in Cary, North Carolina. It was there that he got down on one knee and proposed to Meem, with their dog Penny acting as a witness.
Her parents were waiting outside to offer their congratulations, but as Wilson explained, “I had arranged for everyone in the lobby to be quiet.” Her parents were disappointed because they were unable to hear their daughter’s news.
The ceremony took place on January 14, 2012, at the Country Club of Virginia, in front of a total of three hundred guests. However, because the wedding took place in the middle of Wilson’s NFL training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the honeymoon had to be postponed.
Why did Ashton Meem and Russell Wilson’s Relationship Come to an End?
Wilson has initiated the divorce process. The year 2014 was a wonderful time for Meem and Wilson in their honeymoon phase. Wilson was chosen by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, which was three months after he and his new wife tied the knot.
After that, he signed a contract that was worth $2.99 million over the course of four years. However, behind the scenes, their journey eventually encountered some difficult times. Wilson submitted his petition for divorce in April 2014.
Through Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, he issued the following statement:
“After much thought and consideration, I have chosen to file for divorce. Obviously, choices like these are not the easiest to make.
During this challenging time, Ashton and I humbly request prayers, understanding, and privacy from our friends and family. Going forward, I will refrain from making any further comments regarding this private matter.
According to USA Today, it had been thirteen weeks since Wilson had posted a photo of his wife on any of his social media accounts since the time he made the announcement that he was leaving his wife. So, where did we go wrong?
Did Meem Have an Affair with Golden Tate While Wilson Was Dating Her?
After it was made public that Wilson and Meem had broken up, rumours began to circulate regarding the possible reasons why. There is a widespread belief that Meem cheated on her husband with Golden Tate, who was a member of the team that he played on at the time.
According to reports, another former Seahawk player, Percy Harvin, punched Golden Tate during the week leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl over the incident.
Tate wrote a lengthy personal essay in which he responded to the allegations, and it was published on The Cauldron. It was written that
“I did not have an affair with Russell Wilson’s wife, and I had nothing to do with the breakup of his marriage,” I stated emphatically. That is hysterical to anyone who is familiar with us. His current girlfriend is still very close with his ex-wife, who goes by the name Ashton.
When I was in Seattle, Russell and I were good friends both on and off the field; therefore, he is aware that the rumours about me are false, that they are damaging to my reputation, and that they are an attack on my character. Whoever was responsible for spreading that false information was completely careless.
To this day, no one has admitted to being unfaithful, and there is no evidence to support the claims that have been made. Elise Pollard, Tate’s girlfriend, was the only other person who spoke out against the rumour, and she supported her man in his efforts to dispel it.
According to reports, she stated this in the comment section of an Instagram post. “[The story] was made up by a blogger.” “Golden, Russell, Ashton, and I are all aware of how ridiculous it is,” Golden said.
What Is Ashton Meem Doing These Days?
Since her divorce, Meem has avoided the public eye and kept a low profile. Her Twitter account is private, and although she identifies herself as Ashton Wilson on her Instagram account, it hasn’t been updated since 2017, when she was still using that name.
In honor of the NFL Draft, may we never forget the night when Russell Wilson’s ex-wife thought she was set for life pic.twitter.com/am5MERiwmH
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) April 28, 2022
Meem appears to prefer keeping a low profile in comparison to other professional athlete wives (and ex-wives) who strive to achieve the same level of notoriety as their husbands or wives. It has been reported that she has not (yet) remarried, whereas Wilson has moved on to marry Ciara. He is the biological father of all three of her children at this time, including the child she had with Future from a previous relationship.