The professional soccer player hinted at the possibility of marriage just a week ago.

By Nashia Baker
November 02, 2020
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Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird posing together on the 8th Annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit event red carpet
Credit: Getty / Joe Scarnici

Congratulations are in order for Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird: The couple announced over the weekend that they are planning to tie the knot! The star athletes shared the exciting news in a pair of posts on Instagram—but according to People, Rapinoe had hinted that a proposal was in the works long before she got down on one knee. "We've talked about it, definitely. I think in the future, for sure," Rapinoe told the outlet about the possibility of marriage just last week.

The United States Women's National Team star also noted that her now-fiancée has been her rock in the midst of "uncertainty and anxiety and stress" during the COVID-19 pandemic—and her "mental and emotional strength" has been immeasurable. Lockdown has also given them the chance to be together more than ever before. "We've essentially spent every single day together since the beginning of March," Rapinoe shared. "We're not used to this, we travel. Because we're athletes, we're constantly on the go. It's been the greatest gift and a big silver lining in this whole thing."

The couple chose to let their marriage proposal photos speak for themselves—as they both omitted captions and simply shared the image of Rapinoe on one knee as she put a ring on the WNBA champion's finger. Bird's team, the Seattle Storm, even shared their well-wishes: "Ring Season," the account wrote (also nodding to the fact that the basketball player won her fourth ring this year). "Congrats to THE power couple on their engagement!!"

This step in their journey comes after four years of dating; they first met at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Rapinoe previously told People that their bond is strong simply because they are truly themselves when they are together—and each other's biggest fan. "It is nice to just be able to totally unwind and be completely yourself and, you know, have someone understand and appreciate how special it is, what you are doing, but also just love you for who you are and just to be that kind of support system," the World Cup champion said. "Honestly, it's really nice."

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