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LOVE IS IN THE HOOPS: Amar'e Stoudemire's Fiancee' Alexis DISHES On Their Engagement & Love Story

Alexis Welch has now been thrust into the spotlight as the newest NY Knick soon-to-be wife-of-the-moment. (Will LaLa pass her the playbook of how to turn this into a reality show?)  So the 29-year-old, seen above in a black Michael Kors gown at the 2012 Met Ball last month, is dishing about the love of her man Amar'e Stoudemire and their Parisian engagement for the world to hear.

 

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In a recent interview with the NY Post, Amar'e new fiancee and mother of their three kids, Alexis Welch, is letting folks in on who she is.

In case you didn't already know, the twosome met 10 years ago at the ripe age of 19, right after Amar'e was drafted to the Phoenix Suns fresh out of high school.  Alexis was a three sport athlete herself on high school, and said she was excited to meet a 6'11 guy who was still taller than her 5'10 self even in heels.

The twosme met in a private room of a Nelly party in Phoenix (where Alexis was living at the time).  Since they were underage, they were kept in a separate back room.  Convenient.

“Since we were both 19, they put us in a private room in the back of the club. He was wearing a Kansas City Chiefs Joe Montana jersey,” says Welch. “I’m originally from there, so we started talking about Montana when he played there.”

“I’ve always liked guys who were taller than me when I wear heels."

And about their early years of dating and Amar'e meeting her family:

“We were both really young, so we went to a lot of movies. I would make him dinner, and we would just spend time together. We would talk all the time,” says Welch, who recalls Stoudemire raising his eyebrows at his first Thanksgiving meal with her family.

“We’re a cooking family. We had some good old-fashioned mac and cheese and greens. [And] he put sugar on his greens,” she says with a giggle. “It was his Southern [Florida] roots shining through.”

Ever since Amar'e was traded to the NY Knicks back in 2012, the two kept their relationship going.  And we do find it interesting there was no mention of his relationship with Ciara.  At all.  Alexis did admit it's hard for her to get used to the flashing lights and fast life saying,

“We were standing close to Beyoncé [at the 2012 Met Ball], but I was too nervous to introduce myself. Everyone has a wish list of celebrities [to meet]. She’s on there. But now, her husband is the owner of the Nets, so there’s a little bit of a rivalry going on."
 

Alexis gave even more details about Amar'e's uber romantic proposal.  She revealed:

I’m usually on top of everything, but he got me. We were going to France to visit Cognac [area],” says Welch, who describes a whirlwind trip of cognac tasting, plus a jaunt to Paris, where they stayed in the royal suite at Le Meurice Hotel Belle Etoile, went to the Louvre and took in a Kanye West and Jay-Z concert.

On their last night in the French capital, she says, “We went back [to the room], and there were rose petals leading to a balcony with a 365-degree view of Paris. We walked out to the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower.

“He had an acoustic-guitar player. He had a saxophonist. This is another side of Amar’e that people don’t get to see. I’m just getting teary-eyed talking about it.”

Awww.  And the bride-to-be said they flew home the next morning to tell the kids who were equally excited.  Alexis says she and the kids are packing up to move to NYC, and says all three kids gave athletic lives of their own:

“Our oldest daughter dances competitively and cheers for our son’s football team. Our son plays football and basketball. Our youngest is still figuring out her sports,” says Welch.

And as for how she's getting along wit the other Knicks wives and girlfriends, she says they are a "nice group of women."  And she has most in common with Tyson Chandler's wife, Kimberly, as she has 3 kids as well.

And as for that Joe Montana jersey Amar'e was rocking on the night they met, Aleixs says she's getting that piece framed and mounted for their new home.  Not even mad at that.  Congrats again to the couple!

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kinda thought that was keri hilson for a minute...
Anonymous's picture

IDK but he's really handsome

IDK but he's really handsome to me....I like his grunge look too lol
Anonymous's picture

I LOVE ALL THESE ENGAGEMENTS!

I LOVE ALL THESE ENGAGEMENTS! Black Love rules
Anon's picture

Thank God I am an honest

Thank God I am an honest woman PERIOD and don't need to wait on a man and a ring to make me one.
Laila's picture

The Ci-Error ish is so old,

The Ci-Error ish is so old, you are an error, she makes more money than you, and everybody has an ex, and i'm not sure a 3 month fling would even matter to most people in the big scheme of things so i don't know why some feel the need to mention her name and shade her. Amare is NOT cute and been engaged to this lady several times, he even denied it in 2010 when he was dating AMber Rose on his twitter, he gets around so for her to act like it was an ongoing relationship w/no breaks makes her look like even more of a fool
dedee's picture

I'm wondering how one can

I'm wondering how one can have a "365-degree" view of something...I thought it was "360-degree view"...Oh.
C2C's picture

So true! And I bet it was

So true! And I bet it was really 180 unless that balcony wasn't attached to the room that blocks the view behind it!
Anonymous's picture

LMFAO..you are so wrong and

LMFAO..you are so wrong and yet so right for pointing that out
imgoncheckuboo's picture

So its only in America that

So its only in America that Ballers do it Backward,In Africa where I am from,we do it this Way,Ballers Date you,Wife you then make babies or if they know you are preggos,the wedding takes place before baby is born.My sister met her baller husband at the Airport,they travelled to France,got married and she started poping babies now that's how its done,Actually all my sisters *2 of them did it that way* but the one who married in America poped babies before he finally put a. Ring on 12yrs later,smh guess its An american thing well guess that's why I am going with my european Soccer player cuz I aint even ready for kids so I secretly take birth control shots ladies you should do that too,if he wanna go raw you are safe until he wife's you up
Why Though?'s picture

Lying tramp, get off your

Lying tramp, get off your high horse!! My man is Nigerian living in Europe I am going to see him on the 18th of this month, get a hold of this...we will be getting it raw, if I get pregnant we both will be over the moon, I don't care about marriage. He loves me and I know it!
Anonymous's picture

So they don't insert a space

So they don't insert a space after commas in Africa? Also, do they substitute periods with commas?
Anonymous's picture

Yeah, OK. Hope she has a Plan

Yeah, OK. Hope she has a Plan B, Not a good look when a man has to wait a decade and 3 kids later to marry you. Look at how it worked out for Shaq and Shaunie. I guess this is the new standard for people--better late than never. Good luck to her..
Congrats's picture

These niggas look old as hell

These niggas look old as hell
Anonymous's picture

I concur. They both look 40

I concur. They both look 40 years old and they both have Toucan Sam noses!!
Anonymous's picture

And your point is? I don't

And your point is? I don't know anybody getting younger on this planet!! You live you age. Grow up, Oh, thats right that might mean you're aging!!! Go stand in the corner....
Babs's picture

29????how about 39!

29????how about 39!
Anonymous's picture

I'll believe it after the

I'll believe it after the wedding.
Anonymous's picture

To be honest with you it's

To be honest with you it's good that their getting married. It seems like they are trying to redeem themselves and have a solid family. However, I feel like this sends the wrong message to our black youth, especially young women, have a bunch of babies and hope that some man validates your existence by finally deciding to marry you. SMH
Anonymous's picture

Given that god let me see 28

Given that god let me see 28 with no kids so far, having a ring and being a man's WIFE first is more important than kids and wishing on a star that the father will stick around long enough to make an honest woman out of me...#hellno
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I can feel it, Love and Paris

I can feel it, Love and Paris is in the Air! Congratulations!
rebellious soul's picture

Goodness he is ugly

Goodness he is ugly
Anonymous's picture

I normally don't comment on

I normally don't comment on here, but y'all had me rolling... 1. I am not gone lie I am biased that she is from KC 2. However I was rolling when y'all started talking abt their noses..his nose didn't always look like that either...it grew on it's on.. 3. Groupies need to quit, I don't hate on rockstart moments cause I want one my damn self but understand it is what is is...live your life and let him live his. Finally I want to say congrats to them
Anonymous's picture

Im sorry but they both look

Im sorry but they both look really old to only be 29. So 3 kids then a ring? Well guess she figure if she wait him out then he put a ring on it...
Jealous MF's picture

He dated Alesha from bet

He dated Alesha from bet for a while I'm confused by what his fiancé is saying because it sounds like they never separated .
Anonymous's picture

That's one hell of a snout.

That's one hell of a snout.
Realist 's picture

I'm happy for Alexis cuz

I'm happy for Alexis cuz she's somewhat from my hometown (Phoenix). She doesn't crave the spotlight like some other baller wives/girlfriends. I would never push out three babies and wait that long for a ring but good luck to her!
Isla's picture

I just think Ciara posting

I just think Ciara posting with a bunch of rings on her finger after he announced he put one on his fiance's hand is just tacky.
Jealous MF's picture

glad to see these ballers are

glad to see these ballers are actually wifing these chicks instead of just using them as baby factories...congrats to the new couple
Anonymous's picture

He puts sugar on the greens?

He puts sugar on the greens? The hell for? And Beyonce's husband is not the owner of the Nets, he owns less than 2% of the Nets....get it together.
Anonymous's picture

the only people interested in

the only people interested in this story are those who are looking for juice or negativity toward ciara. the rest of us don't care.
Anonymous's picture

Now that she will be

Now that she will be attending games as part of the wives club, as opposed to the girlfriend/grohpie/baby mama club, will she adress Lala about the whole Ciara thing, being that she introduced them and I'm sure she knew he had 3 kids and was involved with their mom. It would make for great television on LaLa show because that shit needs all the juicy drama it can get.
tori's picture

except she still is a baby

except she still is a baby mama and not a wife
Anonymous's picture

Can you imagine the noses on

Can you imagine the noses on their children?? Yikes!
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Just saying... LOLOLOL!

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wow...i wonder what her

wow...i wonder what her relationship is like with Lala given the fact that Lala hooked Ciara up with her man. awkward!
Anonymous's picture

Ciara wasn't mentioned

Ciara wasn't mentioned because she was a "non-mother f**king factor lmao
No shame's picture

This article was very sweet!

This article was very sweet! She seems very happy and she was genuinely surprised. I give him credit for waiting until he was ready for marriage and not allowing anyone to force him. Besides, if she waited 10 years and three children later then it was worth the wait for her. We are all responsible for our own happiness. Also, I am very happy that he proposed to her instead of another woman. If she has forgiven him for the Ciara time out issue then it is between her and God. I do wish them the BEST and appreciate the black love. If you have ever been in Love then you would understand the Heart of this story. Now A – DO the right thing and be GOOD and be GOOD at it! LOL - God bless!
Anonymous's picture

'But now, her husband is the

'But now, her husband is the owner of the Nets, so there’s a little bit of a rivalry going on." Ummm... Is she saying a rivalry between Beyonce? Ummmm... Beyonce doesn't even know you.
BombBelle's picture

I think she was talking about

I think she was talking about the two teams. But she should of said now that the Nets are in Brookly there is a little rivalry. Jay-z has had part owner in the Nets for a hot minte. She should follow whats going on in the NBA or get google alerts or something if she is going to be giving interviews.
tori's picture

Relax - It was all in good

Relax - It was all in good fun! Adult humour.
Anonymous's picture

I mean yes, it's a slap in

I mean yes, it's a slap in the face to ALLLLLL dem chicks that he's been fucking while he was with his now fiancee and to ALLLL dem chicks he was fucking when he and his now fiancee was broken up. But it's a bigger slap in the face to the now fiancee that had to stick by this ugly, loser ass man that she has kids with until he finally woke up and realized that he wanted to marry her. Mind you "a ring don't mean a thang" when it comes to being faithful. All she's really getting is a ring and security of a home. i'm sure he'll have her sign a prenup. but her dumb ass probably won't leave cause she still right there smillin'. Hope he's using protection.
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