Chelsea Kilgore is the wife of the famed National Basketball Association (NBA) player Jonathan Clay “JJ” Redick. She came to the limelight first as his girlfriend and gained more visibility after her marriage to the sport star. Born and brought up in USA, she was a professional Pilates instructor before getting married. As the wife of a famous professional basketball player, she has been the center of attention of the media and the public for a while now. However, she prefers to maintain a low profile, spending her time raising her two young sons and supporting her husband in his career. Her husband has always acknowledged her role in his career and life, and frequently talks of the sacrifices she has made as a high-profile player’s wife. Redick has maintained that it is mainly because of his wife that he is able to remain grounded and not let the ups and downs of his professional life get to him.
Family & Personal Life
Chelsea Kilgore was born on 12 May 1987, in Florida. Her father is John Kilgore while her mother’s name is Robin Kilgore. She has a twin sister, Kylee Jean. She did her schooling from the ‘Canton Public School’. Following this, she earned a graduate degree from Mississippi State University. From 2008 to 2012, she studied elementary education and teaching.
It is clear from her social media posts that she is very close to her twin sister. She often puts up pictures of herself with her sister and husband and calls them her besties. JJ Redick often fondly refers to Kylee Jean as his “half-wife”.
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Relationship with JJ Redick
Chelsea Kilgore and Redick met and started dating in 2008. Redick has stated in inter-views that his life took a positive turn after he met her, saying she does not let him be a “jerk”. Kilgore worked in the fitness industry as a Pilates instructor and was a successful professional in her own right when she became involved with Redick. They announced their engagement in July 2009. The wedding took place on 26 June 2010, and was attended by close friends and family. The wedding was followed by a honeymoon in Italy and Spain.
Kilgore and Redick have two children. Their first son, Knox, named after the band Knox Hamilton, was born in August 2014 and a second son, Kai, was born in August 2016.
As a professional player’s wife, Chelsea Kilgore doesn’t have an easy life. In a short film based on his life, Redick reveals that it is only the glamorous side of her life that people get to see. The reality is that she is a “single-parent” for nine months in a year and leads a very unsettling life as the family has to frequently move from city to city, depending on which team Redick is playing for.
Kilgore has been associated with the JJ Redick foundation since 2011. The foundation aims to teach young children how to play basketball.