The Golden State Warriors guard posted a loving ode to his wife of nearly eight years on his Instagram Story May 9. The NBA star took up for her openly expressing her insecurities about women surrounding him as a married man.
“Proud of you for being authentic and putting yourself out there not being afraid of potential bulls#*# and nonsense that could and did come at you,” he wrote over a photo of the couple at “Stephen Vs The Game” Facebook Watch preview in April. “Way more positive than negative with all of this. Keep being you. I love you.”
Curry appeared on “Red Table Talk” Monday and candidly disclosed how her husband’s heavy attention from women made her feel.
“Something that really bothers me, and honestly has given me a sense of a little bit of an insecurity, is the fact that — yeah, there are all these women, like, throwing themselves [at him], but me, like, the past 10 years, I don’t have any of that,” she said May 6 on the Facebook Watch show. “I have zero — this sounds weird — but, like, male attention, and so then I begin to internalize it, and I’m like, ‘Is something wrong with me?’”
The backlash came quickly, with memes erupting portraying Ayesha as being sensitive or overly emotional about the lack of attention she gets from men compared to Curry’s attention from women.
But when Steph stepped up to defend his wife, many applauded.
“I salute him for standing up for his woman💯💯 #Real.”
“Steph a real one.”
“Yasss that’s right curry🙌🏽👏🏽because people really took what she said out of proportion 🙄”
“That’s how you stand up for your woman! No one else’s opinion matters but his.”
Ayesha has spoken out about the backlash herself.
“If what I’m not afraid to say out loud about being a 30yr mama of 3 helps another woman like me feel like they’re not the alone and not the only one with an insecurity (because we ALL have them, don’t play) then that makes all of this hoopla worth it,” she wrote on her Instagram page Wednesday, May 8. “If you get a chance to watch the actual RTT and not the headlines and rumors please do! There is so much more depth to the talk and our family is grateful to @jadapinkettsmith for giving us the opportunity to bond together.”
Her remarks also led to a shift to a more positive online response.