Nobody would have ever gotten to hear the name André Murillo if he had continued down the path he was headed in his teens and early adult life. Thankfully, he can share his story of despair and subsequent redemption and victory with the world.
Today, André Murillo is a basketball player that is married to one of the most beautiful singers in America – . The athlete and his blonde-haired, Grammy award-winning wife are living a fairytale while supporting each other’s careers. Here is everything we know about André and the “Hiding Place” singer he is lucky to call his wife.
André Murillo’s Biography
Murillo was born and raised in his country home in Lake Forest, California. He was born to his parents, Michael Murillo and Vera Murillo. André, born on May 18, 1990, was raised together with his sister, Michelle. The basketballer started and completed his high school education at El Toro High School in 2008. He was excellent in his two varsity seasons at El Toro and received recognition as Team MVP and the Sea View League MVP. He was also involved with the school’s football team.
After high school, he attended Concordia University where he played the 2008/2009 season. Subsequently, he enrolled at Biola University, graduating with a degree in Biblical studies. He also played there and was recognized as an NAIA All-American.
Weeks before graduating from Biola, he signed his first professional contract with the Hamburg Towers, an elite basketball team in the German ProA league. The fact that he is of German ancestry was part of the appeal that made the sign him. André Murillo would only be with them for a few seasons, however, before signing for the Rostock Seawolves.
Relationship With Tori Kelly
The specifics of their meeting and eventual relationship is not known, however, the basketballer has been with singer, Tori Kelly since December 2016 or earlier. André and Kelly seem to be a good match for each other, especially given that they share the same Christian faith that is a strong part of their personal and professional lives.
In 2017, Murillo had an injury layoff which enabled him to take a break from his team and return to the United States to recuperate. It was during this period while spending time with his family and girlfriend that he popped the question in September of that year. The two lovebirds tied the knot on May 20, 2018, two days after André’s 28th birthday. The event was a private, romantic, outdoor event with family and a few friends.
Tori Kelly is quickly becoming a hot property in the global music space. She has released two EPs and two full-length studio albums. She is signed to Universal’s Capitol Records. The label is home to other renowned artists like , NF, , and .
She has also memorably been on various tracks with many Christian and mainstream artists including , Pentatonix, , and .
Facts About Tori Kelly’s Husband
1. André Murillo is also a blogger
The hoops player is also a passionate blogger. He regularly blogs about his time in Germany and general life experiences. It was on one of his blog posts that he first revealed he was in a relationship, although he kept his partner’s identity from the public at the time.
2. His high school coach believed he was more suited for football
As mentioned earlier, Murillo played basketball and football at El Toro High School. While there, his basketball coach believed that Murillo’s skill set was better suited for a career in football. Nevertheless, he still made him an integral part of his team. Murillo repaid the chance by graduating as one of his best players ever. This also helped his prospects on the career and relationship front.
3. He was once stabbed during a fight
André Murillo’s life started to unravel after a first college season at Concordia College. One time, at the age of 19, he was at a party when he got into a fight. The night took a turn for the worse when André was stabbed after being beaten to a pulp by his assailant. He was taken into surgery after sustaining a scratch on his heart and a collapsed lung. Murillo had to undergo five surgeries and endure months of bed rest.
4. André Murillo resorted to drug use
Things got worse from then as André Murillo turned to drugs as a means of escape. Subsequently, Concordia University rescinded his scholarship and he was expelled.
In 2010, he decided to make a change and he turned to his Christian faith for strength. His life finally began to make a turn for the better. He enrolled at Biola University and the coach of the school’s basketball team, Dave Holmquist, decided to take a chance on him. He progressed in sports and his academics.
The basketballer would later pen a gratitude piece for the school’s website. In the post, he detailed his gloomy past before Biola and credited his faith and his coach for giving him a second chance.