Olympian power couple and queer icons Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird just got engaged

Lily Wakefield November 1, 2020
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Megan Rapinoe, captain of the US women’s soccer team and international queer icon has proposed to her girlfriend and fellow Olympian Sue Bird.

The couple have been together for more than three years, after first meeting at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Megan Rapinoe, 35, is co-captain of the United States women’s national team, and helped them achieve their World Cup win in 2019, while Sue Bird, 40, plays for WNBA’s Seattle Storm and has won four Olympic gold medals with the US basketball team.


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Both women posted the same picture of Rapinoe down on one knee on their Instagram accounts with no captions, but Seattle Storm was quick to confirm the engagement.

The team tweeted: “Congrats to THE power couple on their engagement!!!”

The power couple were even publicly congratulated by US presidential candidate Joe Biden, who wrote on Twitter: “Love will always win.

“Congratulations, Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe!”

Rapinoe responded: “Thank you Joe Biden. Love does always win.”
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird
Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm and soccer player Megan Rapinoe attend the WNBA All-Star Game 2019. (Ethan Miller/Getty)

Megan Rapinoe revealed the secret to her loving relationships with partner Sue Bird.

Megan Rapinoe previously revealed that the secret to her beautiful relationship with Sue Bird is keeping things “normal”.

She told People that while they “support each other” as athletes, the most important part of their relationship is that they are able to “totally unwind and be completely yourself”.

She said: “I think it is just the understanding of what we have to go through and the appreciation of, you know, each other’s skills and lives is really special.

“And in the same sense, we are just normal to each other. Which is really nice. Like, neither of us are like, ‘Oh wow you are the best person that has ever played basketball.’ Which she is!”

She continued: “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. Honestly, it’s really nice.”

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