Who is Naomi Osaka’s Boyfriend, YBN Cordae? Here’s What We Know About the Tennis Champ’s Relationship
At just 23-years-old, Naomi Osaka has won four Grand Slams and made history as the the first Asian player to rank number one in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association. Not only that, but the tennis champion has also released an eye-opening Netflix docuseries that fans and critics just can't quit raving about. Simply put, Osaka is at the top of her game, and her boyfriend, YBM Cordae, has been cheering her on the entire time.
If, like us, you've been keeping up with Osoaka's social media page, then you've probably noticed Cordae pop up on her feed—which makes us all the more curious about their relationship. For instance, how did they meet? And when did they start dating? Here's what we know about Naomi Osaka's boyfriend.
1. Who is Naomi Osaka's boyfriend, YBN Cordae?
Cordae (born Cordae Amari Dunston) is a Grammy Award-nominated rapper, singer and songwriter who's best known for remixing popular songs. Though the rapper was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, he moved to Suitland, Maryland, and quickly developed a passion for hip-hop.
After taking on songwriting and rapping as hobbies for several years, he started to pursue a serious career in music and joined the YBN collective in 2018. However, the group has since disbanded.
In July of 2019, Cordae released his debut studio album, The Lost Boy, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard's Top Rap Albums Chart and received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. Since then, he hasn't released much new music, but judging by his Instagram, it looks like he's working on a second album release.
2. When did Osaka and Cordae start dating?
It's unclear when the relationship began, but in July of 2019, during his appearance on Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning, Cordae confirmed for the first time that he and Osaka were dating.
He explained that when he first approached her during a Los Angeles Clippers game, he wasn't aware of her tennis stardom. He admitted, "I didn't even know who she was," adding that the only player he was familiar with was Serena Williams. However, after he got to know her, he developed an interest in the sport and has been supporting her ever since.
3. When did they become Instagram official?
It looks like they made their Instagram debut in 2019. Cordae's earliest post with Osaka dates back to October of 2019, where he uploaded a clip of himself driving with Osaka as he rapped along to a song. The post has since been deleted, but the caption, he included a birthday tribute that read, "Happy Bday to my lil Supahstar [party emoji] @naomiosaka, you inspire me in more ways than you know. Happy to have a real one [heart emoji]."
Meanwhile, Osaka's earliest pic with Cordae was shared on Valentine's Day. She posted a sweet video of Cordae sneaking up behind her on an escalator and wrote, "Happy Valentine’s Day or whatever."
4. Who has Osaka dated in the past?
This actually marks the tennis player's first public relationship. And as for Cordae, he also hasn't publicly dated anyone before he started his relationship with Osaka.
Judging by their romantic Instagram snaps and videos, it's clear to see that the two are very in love—and we couldn't be happier for them.
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