Sonya and Dell Curry the parents of basketball star Stephen Curry have announced that they are ending their 33-year marriage. “After exploring a trial separation over the past year and much thoughtful consideration, we have decided to end our marriage,” shared the couple exclusively with PEOPLE. Sonya, 55, filed for divorce in June. “As this comes with a great deal of sadness, our focus and desire is for our family’s continued happiness.” The parents, who also share a daughter named Sydel and another son, Seth met at Virginia Tech University in 1988. The couple is asking for privacy as they navigate the trials of divorce. “We are so thankful for all the many blessings and successes! We stay committed to and supportive of our children and grandchildren and will remain on connected paths. We ask that our privacy be respected and prayer for our family as we move forward.”
Dell attended VTU for basketball and eventually went on to play in the NBA from 1986 until 2002. The legend played for several high-profile teams including the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, and the Milwaukee Bucks. He was spent 10 seasons as a guard for Charlotte Hornets. Since 2009, he has been a commentator on Charlotte Hornets television broadcasts. Sonya also has ties to sports, she played volleyball in high school and college. After school she focused on running a Christian Montessori school and of course, raising her own children which she eventually went on to do full-time.
The couple didn’t indicate that their marriage was on the rocks, in fact, their latest business venture began in 2020, a podcast called Raising Fame. the podcast features families like their own who have raised athletes who now play professionally or will be soon. They share childhood stories and parenting advice. The Curry’s are more than qualified to host a podcast focusing on this topic, both of their sons are in the NBA with Steph playing for the Golden State Warriors and Seth playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Baby sister Sydel followed in mom’s footsteps and played volleyball in college.
Focusing On Family
The couple has shared that right now what matters most is their family unit and figuring out a dynamic that works with this change. In the meantime, their grandkids and children come first. Steph and his wife Ayesha Curry share three kids, Riley, Ryan, and Canon. Brother Seth and his wife Callie River Curry have a daughter named Carter and Sydel, who is married to Warriors player Damion Lee is expecting her first child soon. The 26-year-old has shared her struggles with pregnancy and her experience with IVF on her social media pages. The mom-to-be shared that she is expecting a boy and couldn’t be more “excited”
What Happens Now?
TMZ was the first to report that the proud parents were calling it quits. They noted that the two are often seen together cheering on their sons Seth and Stephen at their respective games. We have to wonder what that will look like now. Will the soon-to-be exes keep a united front or attempt to step out on their own?