“Not an Ugly Girl”: Stephen Curry’s Mother Sonya Made Ex-Husband Dell Fall in Love Due to Her Popularity in College

Published 09/27/2022, 8:45 PM EDT

The triumph of the Golden State Warriors saw Stephen Curry solidify himself as one of the greatest players of all time. A Finals MVP conquest made his resume fit to stand beside the all-time greats. Likewise, the emotions saw him break down in tears. Moreover, he also had his family to share the joy with. Both father Dell and mother Sonya Curry were present to see their eldest son make history. However, they didn’t check in as a pair.

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While Steph Curry was the highlight of the household, the heads of the family went through a rough breakup. After 30 years of marriage, the popular couple Dell and Sonya took separate roads. Sonya subsequently filed for divorce in June 2021. And their relationship never remained the same.

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Looking at the two now, it might be impossible to think about them as a couple. However, there was a time these two were sweethearts.

Stephen Curry wasn’t the first popular star in his family

While Curry has inked himself in NBA history, his family’s previous generations were also athletes. Dell Curry was a leading basketball prospect playing for Virginia Tech. During a shining four-year career, Dell Curry set himself for the big league. Averaging 24.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in his fourth year, the NBA was about to meet the first of the Curry’s. However, it would also become the birthplace of a fairytale love story.

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While Dell was making his dream come true, the popularity was with Sonya. An athlete herself, she was the star of Virginia Tech’s volleyball team. Her college friend even revealed the sport became big due to her presence. She even said, “She was not an ugly girl”. And this is where Dell Curry first saw his future wife. The popularity of Sonya caught Dell’s attention right away. In 1988, the two got married and in the same year, they welcomed their first child, Stephen Curry.

Jun 16, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23), guard Klay Thompson (11) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after beating the Boston Celtics in game six of the 2022 NBA Finals to win the NBA Championship at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The athletic gene of the family surely carried through. Steph became arguably the most revolutionary player in modern basketball. Taking from his father’s elite shooting, he now leads the NBA in all-time three-pointers. On the other hand, his younger brother Seth Curry is also a master shooter in his own right. In fact, he has a better career three-point percentage than his elder brother. In addition, Curry’s sister Sydel is also a former highly ranked volleyball star.

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Despite issues in their own relationship, Dell and Sonya ensured they were present to witness their children’s success whenever possible.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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