The lives of celebrities are often pushed under scrutiny, with fans constantly searching for information on their favourite star’s childhood, education, family, as well as their love life. While some celebs have no qualms about giving out details about their relationships, others try to keep things quiet as much as possible until they are ready to reveal sensitive facts about themselves. Maria Sharapova, a world-class professional tennis star, can be grouped in the latter category. The athlete has been linked to various famous men, including other athletes and TV personalities. Nevertheless, she confirmed and/or denied them in her own time.
Rumours swirled in early 2018 that Maria Sharapova had begun dating someone new, a businessman by the name of Alexander Gilkes. The two were spotted over the months that followed, attending events together, including the Argento Ball for the Elton John Aids Foundation in June 2018. Gilkes was also pictured cheering for his lady at one of her tennis matches. She confirmed the relationship later in the year, with the couple sharing photos of themselves on their respective Instagram pages.
Who is Maria Sharapova’s Husband or Boyfriend?
Maria Sharapova was first romantically linked to her millionaire beau in January 2018. In March of the same year, she and Alexander Gilkes were snapped together holding hands at an art gallery in Beverly Hills. The tennis player also made an appearance with her boyfriend at Givenchy’s SS20 presentation during Paris Fashion Week. Maria confirmed her romance with Alexander in the same year as the pair shared pictures from their romantic Cotswolds getaway. They regularly share photos taken together and have been an item since 2016.
So, who is Alexander Gilkes? He’s a businessman born in the United Kingdom, on 16 July 1979. He has gathered both wealth and social status. He is friends with British royalties, Prince William and Prince Harry whom he met during his studies at Eton College. Besides that, he is also well known for being married to royalty matchmaker, Misha Nonoo from 2012 to 2017. Alex is also fluent in the Russian language and a lover of Russian literature, two other things he shares in common with Sharapova.
Alex, who lives in New York, co-founded online art auction house Paddle8 in 2010. Paddle8 pioneered a new era of fine art trading with online auctions for the ‘middle market’ of $100,000 or less.
Maria Sharapova Previous Relationships
Maria Sharapova’s most notable boyfriends have been Knicks guard Sasha Vujačić and fellow tennis professional Grigor Dimitrov. Early in her career, Sharapova was rumoured to have had a short relationship with Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine after they met at her 18th birthday party. The relationship didn’t last long, with only a few dates in-between.
Maria Sharapova also dated an NBA star and described how her relationship with the Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujačić started and ended in her autobiography, Unstoppable: My Life So Far. They had a mutual understanding and affinity and even got engaged to each other. However, she confirmed on August 31, 2012, that they had ended their engagement and separated earlier in the year. Sharapova opened up about the relationship, stating that it didn’t work out because Sasha was not able to properly deal with her wealth and fame being more than his. Of the engagement, she wrote in her book that it was more a sign of possession than an act of love from the NBA star. Sasha’s behaviour after her 2012 Roland Garros tournament win was the final nail that made her realize the relationship would have to end.
Before Sasha, Maria Sharapova had a brief relationship with Charlie Ebersol in 2008. Charles Ebersol is an American TV and film producer and director, best known for being the co-founder and CEO of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. He also co-founded Hochberg Ebersol Co., also called The Company, with Justin Hochberg. Ebersol was listed in The Hollywood Reporter’s Reality Television’s 50 Most Powerful Producers in 2012.
In 2005, Maria Sharapova was rumoured to be in a relationship with Andy Roddick. While the two were spotted together at an event, neither officially confirmed being in a relationship. Andy Roddick is a retired professional tennis player and a former world no. 1 with several Grand Slam wins under his belt.
Maria also had an affair with the tennis player from Bulgaria, Grigor Dimitrov, who is 4 years younger than her. Before he started dating Sharapova, he had been in a relationship with Serena Williams. After Sharapova’s Wimbledon 2015 defeat, she and Dimitrov ended their relationship.