Robyn Hayward, née Van Vliet, is the wife of Gordon Hayward, who is a professional basketball player affiliated with the ‘Boston Celtics’ of the ‘National Basketball Association’ (NBA). An Indiana native, Robyn attended ‘Bishop Chatard High School’ and like her husband, was an athletically gifted child. Unlike her husband, however, she played volleyball. She represented her school and was part of their 2012 ‘State Championship’-winning team. During her senior year, she was ranked fourth among the female volleyball players in Indiana. After graduating high school, she attended cosmetology school for at least a year. Robyn and Hayward got married in May 2014. The couple has three daughters. Robyn once stated on ‘Instagram’ that she had a childhood aspiration of becoming a stay-at-home mother and was happy that it had come true in her case. Robyn, her husband, and their daughters currently stay in Boston, Massachusetts.
Early Life & Childhood
Born on April 8, 1994, in Indiana, USA, Robyn is from a family of renowned philanthropists. They are associated with a school in Magdalena, Guatemala, where both children and adults are taught valuable skills, such as carpentry, art, and baking. Her family has a deep love for Guatemala and maintains close ties with a number of people from the country. This has made them adopt a young girl named Maggie.
She studied at the ‘Bishop Chatard High School,’ where she was part of the volleyball program. A gifted defensive specialist, she played an important role in her team’s successful bid for the 2012 ‘State Championship.’ In her senior year, she was ranked fourth in her state. However, she chose not to play collegiate volleyball.
Robyn graduated in 2013 and subsequently studied at a cosmetology school. She was a first-year student there when she got married. She was her husband’s hairstylist.
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Relationship with Gordon Hayward
Prior to his relationship with Robyn, Gordon had dated Kolbi Killingback for 5 years. They broke up in 2012. Gordon proposed to Robyn only 5 months after they began dating, on Christmas Day 2013. The couple exchanged their wedding vows on May 24, 2014, in a ceremony hosted at the ‘St Simon the Apostle Church’ in Indianapolis. Their oldest daughter, Bernadette Marie, was born on June 6, 2015. They welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte Margaret, on July 11, 2016. Robyn gave birth to their youngest daughter, Nora Mae, on January 24, 2019.
Also a native of Indiana, Gordon is about 4 years older than Robyn. He studied at ‘Brownsburg High School’ and was initially more successful as a tennis player. That changed when he began to grow. As a freshman, he was 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) in height. By the time he was a senior, he stood tall, at a height of 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m). He was his school’s star basketball player and earned a scholarship to ‘Butler University.’ He made his ‘NBA’ debut for the ‘Utah Jazz’ in the 2010–2011 season. Gordon was with the ‘Jazz’ for the next seven seasons, before leaving them for the ‘Boston Celtics’ in 2017. However, he suffered multiple leg injuries in the ‘Celtics’ season-opener against the ‘Cleveland Cavaliers.’ This forced him to miss out during the rest of the season. The talented small forward made his return in the following season and was instrumental in his team’s placement in the playoffs. The most successful season of his career has been the 2016–2017 season, when he led the ‘Jazz’ into the playoffs and was included in the ‘NBA All-Star Game’ of 2017.
Besides basketball, Gordon’s other passions are video gaming and broadcasting. He is the first professional athlete to join the ‘IGN Pro League,’ a professional gaming franchise. Gordon is known for live-streaming his gameplay. During one such live streams in February 2019, he shared a particularly relatable moment with Robyn. Having finished a game, he asked her if he had time for one more, to which she replied, “No. No, you don't have time.” Gordon apparently agreed and logged off, but before he switched off the stream, it picked up the following line from Robyn: “I’m watching you play video games. How pathetic is my life?”
Thousands of his fans who were watching the live stream heard the conversation. It was not long before the media started reporting on it. Many netizens were offended, especially by Robyn’s last line. In response, she put out a video of her own, clarifying that they were leaving to go to his workout. She also stated that what she had said in the live stream was meant as a joke, urging Gordon’s followers not to get offended by such things.
Robyn is quite active on ‘Instagram’ and has accumulated over a hundred thousand followers on the platform. She mainly posts photographs and videos of her travel, family, and friends. In 2018, following her husband’s return from injury, she jokingly threatened her husband’s opponents in an ‘Instagram’ post, writing “If anyone fouls my husband, I will find you.”