Get to Know Naomi Osaka’s Grammy-Nominated Boyfriend Cordae

Get to Know Naomi Osaka’s Grammy-Nominated Boyfriend Cordae

Naomi Osaka is one of the best athlete in the world, but despite the huge spotlight on her that comes with being a tennis pro, she’s pretty private about her personal life. However! We do know a bit about her boyfriend Cordae and their sweet relationship, because they simply can’t help but be cute all over social. So if you’re in the mood for a deep dive, you’ve arrived at the right spot. Let’s get into everything you need to know about their love story, starting with the fact that…

Nope, Those Breakup Rumors Aren’t True

There was a ton of weird, misplaced speculation in early August 2022 that Naomi and Cordae (who was previously part of the hip-hop collective YBN) had split up, but not so much. TMZ clarified the rumors shortly thereafter, claiming the pair are actually “better than ever,” “happily in love,” and have been “spending even more time together recently,” which make the breakup rumors kinda weird.

Oh, and they seemingly responded to the speculation with this:

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In Fact, They Were Recently Pregnant!!!

Yes, you read that right, and yes, I am legit crying right about now, lol. The tennis pro shared the exciting news via an Instagram carousel featuring a photo of an ultrasound along with a message in both English and Japanese. “Can’t wait to get back on the court but here’s a little life update for 2023,” the caption read.

In the note, Naomi delves deeper into how she generally feels about this time in her life and opens up about tennis and her baby. “The past few years have been interesting to say the least, but I find that it’s the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun. These few months away from the sport has really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to,” she wrote.

“I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future, one thing I’m looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘That’s my mom,’ haha,” she continued elsewhere in the sweet reflection. I truly should not be this emotional on a Wednesday afternoon, but here we are!

And Now They’re Officially Parents ❤️

Yep, the tennis pro and musician welcomed their first child, a baby girl, a source told People on July 11, 2023. The four-time Grand Slam singles champion reportedly gave birth in Los Angeles, and at the time she and the baby were “doing well,” an insider said at the time.

That same day, in a video tweeted July 11 by a fan, the rapper can be heard saying, “My daughter Shai was born just a few days ago.” Cordae then goes on to dedicate his performance to “my baby girl Shai.”

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And just a few days after, on July 13, Naomi posted a sweet pic of her newborn in a tennis-inspired fit that was beyond adorbs 🥺❤️:

Couldn’t be happier for these two if we tried!

Naomi’s Boyfriend Is a Grammy Nominee

In other words, they’re both at the top of their game. Naomi is also super supportive of Cordae, and during the release of his second album, From a Birds Eye View, she wrote on Insta, “Makes you feel like some people are born to do certain things, @cordae you’re a star and a light, quite literally brighten up every room you walk in (or maybe it’s your hair lol). Congratulations on your 2nd album, proud of you.” S’cute!

Cordae and Naomi Intentionally Keep Things Low-Key

Cordae opened up about their relationship—and the decision to keep things (mostly) private—to GQ, saying, “We were dating for almost a year before people knew about us. So we kind of move very reclusively. We don’t really post intimate moments, because I feel as though they’re sacred. A relationship is really a sacred thing. Once you let outside influences get into it, it becomes less sacred.”

Meanwhile, Naomi said Cordae was super supportive during the 2020 U.S. Open, explaining, “During the whole New York thing and with everything that was going on, I started to feel really depressed. Sometimes I would call Cordae, and maybe in some of the calls I would cry. I don’t remember. And he flew out, even though he was really busy. I really appreciated that. I’m not sure if I’ve told him that. I feel like he actually really helped me win, just, like, keeping up the motivation.”

He Recently Launched a Record Label

It’s called Hi Level, and Cordae started it in 2021 after leaving YBN. “I started Hi Level to open the door for other creatives,” he said during an interview with the Recording Academy. “Hi Level is a record label, but it’s also a way of life—a mantra, if you would. I always say that everything I do, I must do it at the highest level that I’m capable of. So when I see Hi Level, it’s sort of a reminder of that and what it represents. Allowing creatives—and even non-creatives, just anybody from any walk of life—allowing them to have that mentality or reminding them to have that mentality.”

Music Is Like Therapy to Him

Cordae also told the Recording Academy that writing songs is “therapy for me,” especially when it comes to difficult topics like the loss of his grandmother and close friend.

“Writing songs is therapy for me, so it’s never really that hard writing it. Recording can get a little tough, but actually listening to it—that can be therapeutic too, but when I re-listen to, like, the end of ‘Westlake High,’ I can get a little emotional. ‘Momma’s Hood,’ I get a little emotional.”

He’s Written Some Lyrics About Naomi

Take “Dream in Color,” for example, which includes lyrics like, “My girl would forfeit a tennis match to meet my grandmama / Man, she truly a keeper.”

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And nope, Naomi doesn’t mind the refs. “It doesn’t cross my mind that often because he always asks permission,” she told “But yeah, I mean, I feel like that’s the most amazing part about it. He actually writes his lyrics. He has to take the time to actually experience the things that he does. It’s a really fascinating process.”

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His First Date With Naomi Was at a Clippers Game

And he made a great first impression. “I just remember seeing that there were so many people who wanted to take a picture with him,” she told GQ. “And I just thought it was really cool how friendly and welcoming he was with everyone.”

Cordae also didn’t know Naomi played tennis at the time, admitting, “It’s not my sport. If you asked me about tennis, before being immersed in it because of Naomi, I could only give you Venus and Serena Williams, you know? Because they’re just a part of the culture.”

They’re Public About Their Love on Insta

Yeah, they keep things pretty private in general, but we do get some gems on Naomi’s social media.

And They’ve Made Some Epic Red Carpet Appearances

This is mostly an excuse for me to drop this amazing Met Gala moment:

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Naomi Tours With Him

Although she doesn’t love it. As she put it, “I realize that I much prefer the tennis tour. I don’t like…I don’t like his tour at all. Not, like, specifically his tour…but, like, artist tour. It’s really tough. They [artists] literally move every night and I don’t know…like, I feel like in the tennis tour, you at least get a couple…a week to settle down, explore the city, but they literally only have a couple hours to do that, if even so.”

Anyway, in love with their love, that’s all!

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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm, She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade. 

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