Ciara is an American RnB songwriter, singer, actress, model, and dancer. She kicked off her music career with the girl group Hearsay before moving on to launch a solo career. Her debut album titled Goodies brought her to the spotlight. The Texas native is also the wife of Russell Wilson, a famous American football quarterback who plays in the National Football League for the Seattle Seahawks.
Ciara and Russell became man and wife after the athlete divorced his ex-wife, Ashton Meem. They got married in 2016 and have been together ever since. Ciara has three children, two with Wilson and one from a previous relationship.
The Singer Was Born In Fort Hood Military Base in Killen, Texas
On October 25, 1985, Ciara was born in Fort Hood Military Base in Killen, Texas, in the United States of America. She was born to Carlton and Jackie Harris as Ciara Princess Harris. As the only child of military personnel, she grew up in U.S army bases in some parts of the world like New York, California, Arizona, Nevada, and Germany. Later in life, as a teen, she was based in Atlanta with her parents. Much information about her parents is unknown.
Having grown up in various U.S army bases, the schools that she attended for her primary education are unknown. It is, however, known that she attended Riverdale High School in Atlanta, graduating in 2013 before moving on to pursue her music career. Ciara was inspired to venture into music during her childhood days after watching Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Destiny Child on TV. She pointed out the famous late king of pop as her primary motivation for pursuing a career in music. The singer also wrote poems but never took it the way she handled her music pursuit. The young lady would later join a girl group called Hearsay to improve her music. The group broke up after a little while and gave her the pathway to pursue her music career.
Endeavors That Brought Ciara To The Limelight
Ciara has touched significant aspects of the entertainment field, starting from her music career to dancing, modeling, and acting. She achieved greatness in all aspects of her endeavors before she married Russell Wilson. Below is a look into all her career paths.
Career As A Singer
Ciara was signed to LaFace Records immediately after she graduated from high school in 2003. Being highly talented in music, her music debut album titled Goodies, released in 2004, brought her to prominence. It also earned her about four nominations at the 48th Grammy Awards.
Two years later, in September 2006, Ciara released another studio album titled Evolution which topped the U.S. billboard 200. Her third RnB album, Fantasy Ride came in May 2009 and did pretty well but was not as good as her previous efforts. Ciara has since then released four more studio albums; Basic Instinct (2010), Ciara (2013), Jackie (2015), and Beauty Marks (2019).
Having an incredible and attractive body structure with an excellent fashion sense, Ciara pursued a career as a model. She has achieved enormously for her superb figure. The wife of the American footballer was named the New Fashion Icon by Vogue for her exquisite style. In 2007, she became the face of Jay-Z’s fashion line, Rocawear.
In 2016, Ciara took things a notch higher in her modeling career when she signed a contract with the international modeling agency, IMG Models. She later that year became the brand ambassador for the beauty brand Revlon. She has also modeled for top brands such as Topshop, Pandora, Kohls, Cavalli, Equinox brands, Wilhemina and has featured on the cover of so many magazines.
She Featured In Few Films
The multi-talented singer made her first movie appearance as Becca Waltley in 2006 in the film All You’ve Got. She was also starred in other movies like Mama I Want to Sing and That’s My Boy. Ciara was also featured in an American comedy-drama series in 2013 titled The Game. Other TV series she has featured include America’s Next Top Model in 2009, Idols South Africa in 2012, and I Can Do That in 2015.
The fame that she has gained in the entertainment industry and her excellence in music inked her the position of a judge in the 47th American Music Awards hosted in 2019.
Ciara has collaborated with her husband to establish various businesses since after they got married. In 2018, Russell and his wife signed a partnership deal with the Portland Diamond Project to begin an MLB team in Oregon. In 2019, the couple launched a production company, the Why Not You Productions. They bagged a deal with Amazon to produce scripted series and films.
The duo is seen to work perfectly as a couple as they launched a clothing line with Christian Day named the House of LR&C, which means Love, Respect, & Care. The brand is made up of two cloth lines, The Good Man and Human Nation.
Ciara and Russell Wilson Began Dating In 2015 and Wedded The Following Year
Ciara was previously engaged to American rapper Future. After the pair called it quits, she met and started dating Russell Wilson. The pair met for the first time at a basketball game held at the University of Wisconsin on March 26, 2015. They got engaged in a conversation that led to Russell asking Ciara out for dinner, and the singer agreed. After about a month, they appeared as a couple for the first time in public at the White House Correspondents Dinner in April 2015.
A year after the couple met, they decided to take it to the next level. The quarterback proposed to the love of his life while they were on vacation in Seychelles. The engagement ring was a beautiful one with exceptional features. It is a round brilliant-cut diamond surrounded by a trapezoid and pear-shaped diamond on both sides.
They Tied The Knot Officially In July 2016
A few months after their engagement, the duo tied the knot officially on July 6, 2016. Russell and Ciara married secretly at Peckforton Castle Cheshire, England. Having a great fashion sense, the singer wore a breathtaking long sleeve Roberto Cavalli ball gown designed with lace. Her veil was designed uniquely with her husband’s initials R.C.W. on it. The son that she had from her previous relationship was the ring bearer. The wedding party was graced by high-profile guests like Kelly Rowland and La La Anthony; everyone was dressed in black.
Ciara Is A Mother Of Three, Meet Her Children
Ciara is not only multi-talented but also a doting mother of three who doesn’t relent on carrying out her motherly duties. As already mentioned, she welcomed a child with rapper Future before marrying and having two other kids with Russell Wilson.
Future Zahir Wilburn
- Date of Birth: May 19, 2014
- Father: Future
Ciara had a son with her ex-fiancé, rapper Future on May 19, 2014, a few months after their engagement. The 7 year old boy is seen to be loved and taken care of as a son by his stepfather, Russell. According to the quarterback, he didn’t just fall in love with Ciara but knew God blessed him with Future. He hasn’t hesitated to show his love for his stepson as he always flaunts him on social media.
Sienna Princess Wilson
- Date of Birth: April 28, 2017
- Father: Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson and Ciara welcomed their first child, a girl named Sienna Princess Wilson, on April 28, 2017. The 4 year old girl is seen to be cherished by both parents.
Win Harrison Wilson
- Date of Birth: July 23, 2020
- Father: Russell Wilson
The couple received another bundle of joy at their home on July 23, 2020. Win Harrison Wilson is the second child that the singer and quarterback have welcomed since their marriage.
Ashton Meem Was Russell Wilson’s First Wife
Ashton Meem is Russell Wilson’s first wife and high school love. She is the only child that was born to Lang Meem and Molly Meem on September 6, 1987, in Richmond, Virginia. She attended St. Catherine High School together with her ex-husband, where they kicked off their relationship. The ex-wife of Russell got enrolled at the University of Georgia before transferring to North Carolina State University to be with her then-boyfriend as he played there before he moved to the University of Wisconsin a year after her graduation. The duo were in a relationship for eight years though they spent some years in different locations.
On August 1, 2010, Russell planned a surprise engagement at the Presidential Suite of an upscale hotel in Cary, North California. In the presence of their dog, Penny, he knelt and proposed to Ashton while her parents waited outside to congratulate their daughter. The love birds tied the knot almost two years after their engagement on January 14, 2012, at the Country Club of Virginia. Three hundred guests graced their wedding.
In April 2014, two years after their wedding, Russell filed for divorce. The reason for the divorce was alleged to be Ashton cheating on Russell with one of his teammates. Ashton denied all the claims and Russell has not outrightly addressed the matter in public.
Since her divorce from her ex-husband, Ashton has maintained a low profile although she reportedly still bears Ashton Wilson. She has not been able to find love again unlike her ex-husband.