Celebrities offer us all the gossip we need when the days are starting to drag, and there is nothing on the TV. It can be like living in a soap opera but with real people. Could it get any better? Although there are several ways to reach the height of fame, there is one group of people making their claim on the world in one particular way: sports. These superstar athletes are known for scoring all those last minute points, hitting the ball just at the right moment, or jumping just one-inch further than ever before. If there anything these stars can’t do? However, they also have us talking for a whole host of other reasons. For some reason, we can’t help but delve deep into their private lives. Who are the people that make these stars so great?
Over the years we have got to watch the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, and even Cheryl and Ashley Cole, as they not only dominate the world of sports but also take over the media with their incredible relationships. Sometimes there is proof that we can fall in love with anyone, regardless of our differences. So what about when there is a major height difference? Well, these athletes with tiny wives don’t seem to mind as they have found themselves the perfect pocket-sized addition to their family.
Chris Bosh and Adrienne Williams
Chris is seen putting all his 6-foot 11-inch height to good use while on the basketball court! While he might not currently be signed up to a team, in February 2018 the athlete announced that a return to the NBA might not be off the cards just yet. However, when this star goes home he is in for a huge change of pace as waiting for him is former model and actress, Adrienne Williams. Together, the pair share four children. We wonder whose height they will inherit? The couple often cause a stir on the red carpet. This isn’t only from Adrienne’s collection of eye-catching dresses, but also thanks to their nearly two-foot height difference!
Dirk Nowitzki and Jessica Olsson
Being tall tends to go hand in hand with being a basketball player. So it might be no surprise that seven-foot tall Dirk landed himself a place on the Dallas Mavericks back in 1998 and has been there ever since. The German national began dating Jessica Olson back in 2010 before tying the knot just two years later. Together, they share three children who look set to have some interesting height genes. Why? Dirk towers over his wife who stands just over five-foot tall. Jessica shot to fame as the sister of soccer players Marcus and Martin Olsson. While she isn’t a sports star herself, it looks as though this couple have found their missing halves in each other.
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian
Back in 2011, professional basketball player, Kris Humphries, wed the reality star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian. However, their marriage was off to a rocky start from the beginning. Not only was there a one and a half-foot difference between the two, but their wedding was also broadcast as a TV special on E! Their marriage lasted just 72 days before Kim filed for divorce. Unfortunately, it took two years of legal battles until the pair were officially separated. Ouch.
Austin Howard and Larissa Johnson
It isn’t only basketball players that rack up some incredible height. Here we have an American football star that measures in at 6-foot seven-inches: Austin Howard. However, back before this man was a sports star, he met and fell for Larissa Johnson while still in college. The pair have been together ever since and went on to say “I do” back in 2014. Even after all these years, this athlete still towers over his tiny wife. Perhaps it is no wonder Larissa is often spotted wearing heels?
Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek
Rob Gronkowski was one of the many footballers battling it out to take home the title of Super Bowl champions back in February 2018 thanks to his place on the New England Patriots team but sadly couldn’t secure their win. However, one person was cheering him on from the sidelines: Camille Kostek. This former Patriots cheerleader is used to getting the crowd pumped thanks to her years on the sidelines. Now, this pint-sized model prefers cheering on her personal player.
Magic Johnson and Earlitha Kelly
At six-foot nine-inches, it’s hard to miss Magic Johnson in a crowd. Apparently, it was his height that first attracted wife, five-foot-six Earlitha Kelly, all those years ago. Magic spent his career playing basketball, but it looks as though he was able to score more than a few hoops out on the court. Over their relationship, the pair have been through some major ups and downs, including Magic discovering he was HIV positive. Regardless, they have been married for the last 27 years.
Kevin Garnett and Brandi Padilla
Kevin stands well above a crowd of people thanks to his impressive six-foot eleven height. However, people often guess him to be at least seven-foot tall. Perhaps it is no wonder he fell into the world of professional basketball? However, it was Brandi Padilla falling into his life that saw him tie the knot back in 2004. The pair had already been dating for many years, and the ceremony even meant that Kevin missed the Athens Olympic Games.
Nikolai Valuev and Galina
For 16 years, Nikolai Valuev was a beast in the boxing ring. In fact, he even took home the WBA heavyweight title not once, but twice in his career. His seven-foot height also made him the tallest word champion in the history of boxing, and only ever lost two of his 53 fights. As if that wasn’t enough, the former athlete wooed his wife, Galina, by writing her poetry. Apparently, she couldn’t resist his charm as the pair wed back in 2000. Now, they share one daughter and two sons.
Carmelo Anthony and La La
La La shot to fame thanks to her time on reality TV before venturing into the world of acting, as well as becoming a New York Times best-selling author. During her time at the top, the star met and fell for the six-foot-eight basketball legend that is Carmelo Anthony. Although La La stands at just five-foot six-inches, she has admitted their height difference has never affected their relationship. In fact, La La even added that when they’re in bed, they can be whatever height they want.
Pau Gasol and Silvia Lopez
Yes, we have another basketball player on the list in the form of seven-foot-tall Pau Gasol. This Spanish sports star has been on the courts since 1998 and has remained there ever since. In fact, his career has even seen Pau take home three Olympic medals over the years. At five-foot-ten, Silvia has always been a keen athlete herself but prefers to stick with gymnastics and dancing instead. The couple joined forces back in 2011 as Silvia became one of the most talked about girlfriends of any basketball star. Unfortunately, their relationship came to an end in 2014.
Nelson Agholor and Viviana Volpicelli
The Philadelphia Eagles were the talk of the town in February 2018 thanks to their first-ever Super Bowl win. Perhaps it was no surprise we got to see all the players’ wives and girlfriends cheering on their partners from the sideline? One face amongst the crowd was Italian blogger and fashionista Viviana Volpicelli who was there to support her towering boyfriend, Nelson Agholor. The pair met back in 2017 in university. Could this be the beginning of a relationship set to last a lifetime?
Andrei and Marina Kirilenko
Back when Andrei was on the court, he was considered to be one of the top basketball players of the time – a title he still holds to this day. Although the six-foot-nine athlete now works as a Russian Basketball Federation commissioner, he also keeps himself busy with his five-foot-nine wife, pop legend Marina. There might be a foot between them, but this couple seem set to make their relationship work. Even if Andrei has admitted to having an open relationship one day a year courtesy of his wife.
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine
Back in 1999, six-foot-six Kobe met and fell for backing dancer, five-foot-four Vanessa. Yes, there might be an incredible 14-inch height difference between them, but this couple sure know how to make it work. The pair dated for six months before getting engaged and tying the knot just eighteen months later. Now, they cause quite the scene whenever they are spotted out and about in public. This is because, even in heels, Vanessa barely reaches Kobe’s chest. Those PDAs can be quite something to see!
Dennis Rodman and Michelle Moyer
Dennis Rodman is a man that has stood out on the court in more than one way during his former basketball career. After many years as an athlete, Dennis emerged with a new bad boy look that came complete with various piercings, tattoos, and even bright colored hair. It was back in 1999 that the six-foot-seven player met and fell for Michelle Moyer before marrying in 2003. The pair split in 2004, and even after several attempts to rekindle their love, eventually divorced in 2012.
Brandon and Carlyne Graham
Bandon might not be the tallest football star at six-foot-two-inches tall, but he’s still able to tower over his wife, Carlyne. The pair met 16 years ago when they were both in high school and continued to date all the way up to tying the knot in 2014. Now, they share a two-year-old daughter who perfectly fits into this mismatching height family. When Carlyne isn’t supporting her husband, she is busy using her child and family law, and social work degrees.
Shawn Bradley and Annette Evertson
Taking one look at Shawn Bradley it might be easy to guess he was once a basketball player. Was it his seven-foot-six height that gave it away? In fact, Shawn remains as one of the tallest players in the history of NBA. So it seems as though no matter how tall his wife is, they will never stand up to his impressive height. Amazingly, it was five-foot-three Annette that stole his heart. Sadly, the pair split back in 2017. However, Shawn has recently been spotted with a new five-foot lover on his arm.
Shaquille O’Neal and Nicole Alexander
Shaquille O’Neal is the former basketball legend that stands at a whopping seven-foot one-inches. However, when he met Nicole Alexander, better known as Hoopz, back in 2010, the pair definitely turned a few heads. As Nicole stands at five-foot two-inches, there is a staggering 23 inches between the pair! Unfortunately, the couple split back in 2012 after a rocky on/off relationship filled with alleged affairs, but it looks as though the pair have remained friends in the years since.
Joe Flacco and Dana Grady
Being a quarterback means you need to be agile, strong, fast, and a machine on the field – all boxes that six-foot-six Joe Flacco is able to check. While the athlete continues to stun in his football career, he has also gained quite the attention on the red carpet since marrying Dana Grady back in 2011. The pair have been dating since their high school days, and it looks as though Dana has never caught up to the height of her legendary husband. After all, they say good things come in small packages.
Rick Fox and Eliza Dushku
Rick Fox has dabbled in many careers over the years, with a time as a basketball player being just one of the many on the list. At six-foot-seven-inches tall, it was easy for this star to stand out above the rest on the court. However, there was someone that could tower above anyone back in 2009: Eliza Dushku. This five-foot-five actress has appeared in a host of productions over the years, including the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sadly, the couple split back in 2014.
Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere is a huge star in Hollywood thanks to her time in shows such as the sci-fi hit Heroes and the musical-drama Nashville. Plus, this actress hasn’t let her five-foot height hold her back or blend into the crowd. Perhaps that is how she manages to turn so many heads when she is spotted out and about with her six-foot-six boxing boyfriend, Wladimir Klitschko. According to Hayden, she has no issue with their height difference, even with one and a half feet between them.