Indian Wells 2024: Naomi Osaka’s Rapper Boyfriend Cordae Shares ‘GOAT’ Message; Puts Her on the Same Pedestal as Serena Williams

Published 03/10/2024, 3:44 PM EDT

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Naomi Osaka‘s boyfriend, rapper Cordea was spotted in the stands when she secured her second victory at the BNP Paribas Open. She defeated No. 14 seed Liudmila Samsonova with a score of 7-5, 6-3 in that match, and cheering loudly with the audience was Cordae Amari Dunston.

Known as a supportive boyfriend to many, Cordea while on the sidelines of Osaka’s second-round match drew parallels between her and the legend Serena Williams.

Naomi Osaka’s Boyfriend Hails Her as the GOAT


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Rapper Cordea took to Instagram to show his support for his girlfriend Naomi Osaka. He posted three stories in total, each of them with emojis of goats, establishing her Greatest of All Time status, for him at least. The first picture is of the same day where Osaka can be seen playing on the court wearing green. The second picture is of some other day and Osaka can be seen walking onto the court.

Ecstatic to see Osaka’s impressive win, Cordea in the third picture, posted Osaka and Serena Williams sitting together, taking the allusions to a whole new level by drawing parallels between Osaka and Williams. While of course not every fan would find it inoffensive, most laud this gesture and label Cordae and Osaka with ‘couple goals’.

Evidently, Osaka and Cordea share a strong bond and have been expanding their family with a newborn daughter named Shai. Let’s have a look at what led to this familial affair.


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Naomi Osaka And Cordea Showed Up At The Met Gala Together

The couple has been together romantically since 2019, and in July 2023, they embarked on a new chapter as parents. Throughout their relationship, the musician has maintained constant appearances at Osaka’s tennis matches and even accompanied her to the Met Gala in 2021. Now, they’re navigating the journey of parenthood together.


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Cordae and Osaka’s first date was at an L.A. Clippers game in 2019, and they chose to keep their relationship private for the initial year. Cordae mentioned their favorite date together, stating, “We drove to Rhode Island from New York to go visit my grandmother. That was super tight.” In January 2023, Osaka revealed on Instagram that she and Cordae were going to be parents. After which Osaka took almost a year away from tennis.

Back in action after almost 15 months, Osaka is looking to regain her winning form with her boyfriend hyping her up at Indian Wells. Will she be able to achieve GOAT status among other fans as well? Only time will tell.


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Anubhav Bhandari


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