Teyana Taylor & Iman Shumpert Are Relationship GOALS

Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor weren't searching for one another, however, serendipitously, they're each onerous to overlook.

It was 2011 when the lately drafted NBA rookie and the dancer/mannequin/singer/model muse first crossed paths at a New York celebration. Taylor, who a number of years prior had been feted on My Tremendous Candy Sixteen, was perched on a railing, needing a respite from her 7-inch Versace heels, when the 6-foot-5 Shumpert strolled over to say good day.

"He got here as much as me and tried to speak to me, however I used to be in a relationship, so I kinda like..." Taylor recalled on Vlad TV in 2014, miming not being super-responsive to her future husband's charms. She did not give him the chilly shoulder or something, she clarified, however "he was turned up, all people was turned up, and I used to be identical to [shrug], 'OK, thanks.'"

After that, the Harlem-born artist would see the New York Knicks guard round and "this dude's at all times so turned up, so outspoken, filled with persona," she stated fondly. However, "I used to be in my scenario so I by no means paid no thoughts, he was simply cool."

Lastly, as increasingly more happily-ever-after tales appear to start lately, a well-timed Instagram remark left on certainly one of Taylor's posts selling the 2013 version of the Dyckman summer season streetball match in Manhattan impressed her to name Shumpert to see if he would play.

He could not make it, however he did do a menswear shoot for her styling firm, certainly one of many irons within the fireplace she had going then (and now). And never lengthy after that, she was out grocery procuring in Harlem when she determined to name him, and it turned out he was at residence, and she or he was a block away from his brownstone.

Shumpert instructed her to return up—so she did, solely to search out him hobbling round, recent from an arthroscopic process on his left knee.

"So I went over, and this dude's strolling round limping," she remembered. "I stroll in, I am like, 'Who's taking good care of you? Who's right here?!' He is actually limping round, no one serving to him, like nothing." (His brother had been there however had to return to Chicago to see his son.) "In order that complete week I used to be coming over day-after-day, ensuring he was good" and it was "so superb."

Taylor had simply been by means of a "actually unhealthy breakup," she instructed Vlad TV, and he was lately single, and one factor led to a different...

"We had been simply actually there supporting each other," she stated. "Two those who wasn't searching for that wind up occurring."

Shumpert went on to amass greater than 1,530 profession rebounds, however this off-court pickup was the one that actually mattered.

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"I had lastly simply dealt together with her buddy zone s--t," he stated with fun on the Dec. 29, 2020, episode of Quentin Richardson and Darius MilesKnuckleheads podcast. "Like, she had tried to friend-zone me the entire time, I wasn't going for it. After awhile, I used to be identical to, 'Alright, I do not care no extra.'" 

So he performed it cool, even speaking casually about different girls in entrance of her. However, he concurred, per week after that picture shoot, she referred to as him, came visiting and that was that.

"We been locked in" ever since, Shumpert mirrored, fondly remembering all these home-cooked meals and the way he'd come residence from damage rehab to search out Taylor and her girlfriends having a ball whereas whipping up lasagna and tacos. The Chicago-area native liked how Taylor had the same routine as he did: Do what you need to do for work after which collect along with your nearest and dearest.

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They went public as a pair in 2014 (Was it a coincidence that a January New York Times headline read "Shumpert Rediscovers His Shot, and His Smile"?) they usually've been collectively ever since. Instantly the impossibly trendy duo began offering limitless eye sweet at music, vogue and sporting occasions, Taylor releasing her debut album VII that November by means of Island Def Jam and Kanye "Ye" West's GOOD Music label.

Remembering the primary time he noticed Taylor carry out, Shumpert marveled lately on Energy 106's Energy Mornings how her followers helped forestall her from toppling over. The 5-foot-Four singer had been precariously standing on a rail to carry court docket above the ground-level stage, and when "she was on the brink of lose her stability," he recalled, her safety grabbed one leg and her followers grabbed the opposite, "and she or he did not look down."

"I instructed her it was like her Jesus second a bit bit," Shumpert stated. "'No one's going to allow you to drop, stumble, nothing, they usually sang each phrase with you.'"

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Shumpert instructed in 2015 that the present Empire, about an R&B music mogul and his power-mad household, had ripped off each his and his accomplice's photographs, telling a reporter for Northeast Ohio Media Group, "They're utilizing my lady's character, her model, her look and she or he's not getting something for it. They did not even change her title. [Singer Serayah performed an artist named Tiana Brown.] They might have no less than let my lady audition for the half as an alternative of stealing her character fully." 

"And are available on, man," he continued, "they're actually utilizing a man with a flat-top like me. Come on. That is ridiculous. They by no means referred to as us. We had been blindsided. We discovered by our household and followers when the present aired."

That being stated, Shumpert continued, "Her followers are extra mad about it than I'm. I am a ball participant, however that is her discipline. That is what she does. Me personally, I do not plan on taking any motion however I do not learn about her." (In the end nothing got here of it and Shumpert issued a statement a number of days later relaying that he did not respect a headline being made out of a few minutes of literal "locker room discuss after an amazing staff win."   

That nice win, in the meantime, had include the Cleveland Cavaliers, the place Shumpert was traded to in January 2015.

Going from the 5-32 Knicks to the LeBron James-led Cavs would result in essentially the most profitable stretch of his NBA profession—and his private life was shaping up somewhat properly as properly.


That September he and Taylor revealed they had been anticipating their first little one collectively, and through a royalty-themed child bathe in November at Cleveland's Museum of Up to date Artwork, Shumpert proposed with a stunning rose-shaped ruby engagement ring.

"Thank You @imanshumpert for placing the colour again in my life! I really like you a lot," the bride-to-be shared on Instagram. 

Their daughter Iman "Junie" Taylor Shumpert Jr. arrived a month early, on Dec. 16, 2015, Taylor spilling all the small print on her bathroom-floor delivery with Shumpert by her facet.

"Not understanding I used to be in labor till I felt her head...it took two ten rely pushes with my fiancé enjoying Dr and she or he entered this world into his naked fingers!" the brand new mother shared on Instagram the following day. "Eyes filled with tears and barely in a position to converse to the emergency operator @imanshumpert tied a pair of purple headphones across the umbilical wire and the ambulance made there [sic] grand entrance 5 min later. She opened her eyes instantly, gazed into mine and by no means cried! He handed her to me wrapped in our bathtub towel and wiped her face for me to see what LOVE actually is."

Speaking to reporters after he'd seen Shumpert for the primary time since Junie's delivery, teammate James stated, per ESPN, "I instructed him I do not textual content message these moments. I went in and gave him an actual skilled grown-man handshake, not the handshakes that y'all see us do on a regular basis. However I gave him a dad handshake and congratulated him on that, and it is fairly cool."

And as if Shumpert's first Father's Day as a dad in June 2016 would not have been particular sufficient, the Cavs gained Cleveland's first-ever NBA Championship that night time as properly. 

In the meantime, as she constructed a reputation for herself as a solo artist after years of choreographing and guesting on different rappers' tracks, Taylor acquired a serious increase in recognition when her longtime mentor West showcased her within the 2016 Flashdance-inspired music video for his song "Fade," her jaw-dropping strikes changing into instant meme fodder and leaving wide-eyed admirers clamoring for her health secrets and techniques.

And weren't folks startled to search out out she'd simply had a child 9 months beforehand—and that her workouts were "lazy." (Nonetheless, her Fade2Fit program launched months later.)

"I really like to bounce and my daughter likes to bounce, too," Taylor shared with W after the video's August 2016 debut through the MTV Video Music Awards. "It is Membership Junie all day. It is so cute watching her attempt to dance to the beat. After I'm recording, I actually simply need to be with my household—my husband, my grandparents. You realize, enjoyable stuff."


She additionally did not actually thoughts all of the concentrate on her physique, or because it was extra popularly identified, her "post-pregnancy physique."

"It feels good to know you can encourage different girls," she stated. "I feel that is dope and it additionally makes moms all over the world really feel nice to know that it is doable. Even for mothers-to-be who're afraid. Females are motivated, and it is at all times good to see different females that inspire us. Motivation is vital, so I am pleased that I could be motivational. I need folks to know: Sure, moms are superwomen. Actually. If it wasn't for moms, we would not be right here as we speak. We get the cool factors."

And after months of barely wanting within the mirror whereas she was centered on taking good care of her daughter, seeing herself within the video, she told Elle with fun, "I used to be like, 'Oh, rattling, that does look good.' It actually impressed me. I noticed I've my friendships, I've a relationship, and I've [a child], and I am nonetheless in a position to be attractive."


Actually, Taylor—who gained the VMA for Greatest Choreography the next 12 months—insisted that audiences had been actually responding to her mother vibes.

"I actually do not feel like 'Fade' would have had the identical impact had I simply been 21, sizzling physique, single," the then-25-year-old told Paper. "It was extra than simply dancing in a sports activities bra and a thong."

"You could be superwoman," she added. "You may have all of it, that stability in your relationship, your loved ones and your profession. It is the other of the cliché that claims youngsters will gradual you or your profession down." And you might be forgiven for forgetting that Shumpert and Junie each confirmed up in "Fade," too, however Taylor credited West for recognizing and appreciating her younger household's journey, saying, "I feel that gave him the concept of eager to see us all within the video collectively."

She in flip launched a remix of West's "Champions" and walked in his Yeezy Season Four runway present on Roosevelt Island throughout New York Trend Week. And when she wasn't busy modeling, Taylor and Shumpert had been sitting entrance row in matching outfits.

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"For me, lots of stuff—dropping albums, excursions —is in the summertime and spring when his season is over," Taylor defined to Paper. "Throughout winter time, I get to be extra on his facet, supporting him, and through the summer season he helps me. So it is the right stability."

She referred to as Junie (who at this second has 607,000 Instagram followers) their "good luck attraction. She's simply been the whole lot. From the second I bought pregnant together with her to the day she was born, it has been all positives, all greatness, all iconic."

Taylor and Shumpert quietly wed on Oct. 1, 2016, and pics from their special day (which Taylor did not share for a month) confirmed the bride in a purple leather-based jacket studying "I do" on the again, the groom in an identical jacket studying "I do, too" and Junie in a pint-size model that learn "Oh!...Me too."

"Love is an emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time, it effaces all reminiscence of a starting, and all worry on an finish..... #TimelessLove #My2FavPeople #Hitched #Adayiwillneverforget #TB," Taylor wrote.

The household made their low season residence in Atlanta, and that is the place their second daughter, Rue Rose Shumpert, was born—like her sister, within the lavatory and unable to attend one other minute.

"At 3:28 am on Sept sixth 2020 Rue Rose determined that the child bathe thrown for her and mommy was too lit," Shumpert wrote in sharing their pleased information on Instagram. "She did not make the celebration however she managed to make the following day her birthdate!!!


"Now…once we purchase houses, we at all times discover a lavatory with nice power… however not in 1,000,000 years would you be capable of inform me we might ship each of our daughters in a rest room with out the help of a hospital! Our latest version entered the world within the water and got here out wanting round and able to discover!"

The athlete concluded, "A wholesome little one. Just a little sister. One other daughter. Black love wins….once more. Welcome babygirl…we love you!"

Simply three months beforehand Taylor had launched her third studio album, The Album, that includes appearances from Shumpert and Junie, in addition to all-star assists from Erykah Badu, Kehlani, Massive Sean, Lauryn Hill, Future, Rick Ross, Quavo, and Missy Elliott

Accidents have hampered Shumpert's basketball profession, which after three years in Cleveland included unmemorable stints with the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets. However although he nonetheless considers himself an lively participant (his final deal was a 10-day contract with the Nets in February), he has segued seamlessly into a special form of highlight. He and Taylor starred on E!'s We Got Love Teyana & Iman this 12 months (their first season was on VH1) and on Nov. 22 he grew to become the first-ever NBA participant to win Dancing With the Stars, claiming the mirror-ball trophy with accomplice Daniella Karagach.


Amid his championship run, he and Taylor celebrated 5 years of marriage, Shumpert sharing a photograph of their household of 4 captioned, "Cheers to five years and a pair of smiles...Completely satisfied Anniversary Queen."

Speaking concerning the origin of his personal strikes, Shumpert stated on Energy Mornings that he used to type of mimic what he noticed on the dance flooring at golf equipment—however that was nothing like his spouse's uncanny artistry. "She might mimic anyfactor," he defined. "She might get up, yawn and sing Adele's excessive notes."

He acknowledged that each he and Taylor had shocked a number of folks over time with what they might do.

"We as folks, now we have these moments the place we're like, 'I am unable to do this,' and I do not take a look at it like that," Shumpert stated, noting that there was even a time years in the past when he did not know the right way to play basketball, both (or, for that matter, fold up a stroller or put a child seat within the automobile). "However that do not decide whether or not you could possibly do it or not...A whole lot of instances persons are taking a look at me and my spouse, type of like, 'Let me see if he falls on his face!'"

However simply as he mastered all the above, "I gotta discover ways to dance," he stated. "Teyana might need to go to a ballroom dance someday, so I picked up a bit ability!"

He was at all times inquisitive about rapping, his expertise enjoying basketball and residing that NBA life inspiring his lyrics, however he admitted he by no means had any need to carry out till he noticed the ability of what Taylor might do onstage.

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And when Shumpert was introduced because the winner of Dancing With the Stars, his spouse, who'd been on tour (therefore her absence from the ballroom), cheered him on nearly, writing, "THE LEVEL OF PROUD I AM IS TEWWWWWW MUCH TO EVEN PUT IN WORDS!!! WOW...congrats @imanshumpert @daniellakaragach i'm proud however NOT shocked!!!! YALL GOT THAT! AS YOU SHOULD! WELL DESERVED!! Thanks for trusting each other, believing in each other, killing that s--t each week & most significantly foot working that mutha f--king mirror ball residence!!!!!! PERIOD! Congrats guys!!!"

The 30-year-old had been busy working her tail off, too, a lot in order that she landed within the ER affected by utter exhaustion and reluctantly needed to miss a present in Connecticut after, as she shared in a Nov. 28 Instagram put up exhibiting her in her hospital mattress, her physique "merely gave out."

"[Y'all] have seen me with a damaged foot and all varieties of different loopy s--t however nonetheless bought on that stage and bodied it..." Taylor wrote. "However actually you need to hearken to your physique and know when to sit down down; or it can positively sit you down...mine sat my ass down within the ER for positive however I've since bought the right fluids and vitamins put again into my physique all night time/morning & will take the following few off days to proceed to get better."

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On Nov. 30 she was again on stage for her tour's remaining cease—purposely in Atlanta. As a result of from there it was only a fast drive to residence, candy residence.

Although a lot of their love story has been on show for the reason that starting, Shumpert and Taylor hold a lot for themselves—and even when the cameras are rolling, they do not attempt to be something they don't seem to be.

Requested the key to sustaining a profitable relationship within the age of social media, Taylor told Cam Newton on BET's Sip 'n Smoke in April that you just "handle it." She defined, "Whenever you love somebody, while you're truly human and you are not doing it for social media or for what folks assume, you reside that."

"Now we have youngsters to boost, he is doing his factor, I am doing my factor...I feel it is the right stability. We do not get to see one another a lot, however once we do see one another, it is at all times..."

Her little dance of pleasure stated all of it.

Catch up on full episodes of We Got Love Teyana & Iman here


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