Russell Wilson talks about the 'responsibility' of being stepfather to Ciara's son

Russell Wilson talks about what it meant to him to become a stepfather Ciara's son, Future Zahir Wilburn, when he married the singer in 2016.

In a recent sit-down interview on the I am an athlete podcast, the Denver Broncos quarterback, 35, shared his candid thoughts on becoming the third parent to his wife's child, 9, whom she shares with “Mask Off” rapper Future.

Wilson says that when he met Ciara, 38, fell in love and was then introduced to her young son – who was less than a year old at the time – he immediately knew he would have to take it a step further.

“When I walked into the room and I saw, you know, little Future — he was nine months or whatever at the time — he crawls onto my lap and it was like, you know, this is going to be my responsibility,” the soccer star shared. “I remember leaving that night… and God said to me, 'Raising this child is your responsibility.'

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Despite initially seeing it as a potentially daunting task, Wilson says that when he realized the responsibility he was taking on, he only felt more confident that Ciara was the one for him.

“I think [it was] scary only in the sense of – not scary – but it was more of an opportunity. Like, 'Okay God, this is what you want me to do? This is, you know, an intervention to raise a child with C, you know?' And this and that and realizing that, okay God, like I know she's the one for me, but also, I'm going to take this responsibility,” Russell said, even calling it a “gift.”

During the interview, the footballer also took the opportunity to refer to one of the oldest examples of a stepfather he could think of: Joseph of Nazareth.

“Jesus himself, like Joseph, was a stepfather,” Russell continued. “Okay, it [Jesus] wasn't biologically his, so I was [like]“Okay God, you're going to… you're going to get me [do] this? Give me this chance to love as you were loved?'”

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As for how exactly he became so sure Ciara was the woman for him, Russell said her debut into his life came at the perfect time and she fit the parameters of the woman he asked God to bring him.

“I'll never forget that right before I met C, I wrote down my five non-negotiables,” he said, calling his marriage and everything else primarily a “business deal.”

“Not to be cold, but it's a partnership, it's a – we're going to spend the rest of our lives together, we're going to spend this, we're going to do this together… we're going to get these kids together, we're going to get these raising children together, we are going to make decisions together – that's how it is – it's a partnership. And so in any partnership you have to have your non-negotiables,” he continued.

For him, those non-negotiables included that his partner was a woman of faith, a faithful person (both to her partner and to herself), someone with their own individual identity, an ability to love deeply and unconditionally – 'like my mother loved me'. dad on his deathbed” – and finally a woman whose presence affected those around her in various ways.

“That's what I prayed about,” Wilson said. “I prayed about that, wrote it down – I actually wrote on a napkin at dinner while we were sitting there eating a steak dinner, I wrote it on a napkin and we prayed about it. Three days later I meet C.”

The couple eventually married in 2016 and have since welcomed three more children to their crew: Sienna Princess, 6, Win Harrison, 3, and Amora Princess, 2 months.

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In October Ciara opened up about what led to the end of her relationship with Future during a performance on Call her daddywhere she told host Alix Cooper about her mindset leading up to the divorce.

“It's almost like your taste buds change,” Ciara said. “You also have to look in the mirror sometimes and think about yourself, for example: what are things I could do differently in my life? I am looking for change, but what does that mean?”

The “Level Up” singer and rapper dated from 2012 to 2014, the year they welcomed their son, and it was because of her own responsibility as a mother that Ciara said she had to take a hard look at the relationship. was plagued by rumors of infidelity on Future's part.

“When you have a child, it's very important to me, it's not time to play,” Ciara told Cooper. “I'm responsible for another life now, so what am I doing, how am I thinking about that?”

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