HOUSTON - Hearts are breaking as hopes are "Dashed" for Houston women who adore J.J. Watt. Turns out, those summer romance rumors linking Watt to Houston Dash star Kealia Ohai were true.
Ohai confirmed on a 2 Up Front podcast that she and Watt are a couple.
“The rumors are true. We are dating,” Ohai said. “I’ve known J.J. for a really long time and we’ve always been really great friends.”
Ohai, the sister-in-law of Texans teammate Brian Cushing, has been by Watt’s side as he recovers from the back surgery that benched him for the season.
“I’m really proud of him for everything he’s been going through, but it’s been pretty crazy with all the rumors,” Ohai said on the podcast.
Ohai, 24, was recently named to the US Women’s National Team roster for a couple of friendly matches next month. She was the Dash’s number one pick out of North Carolina in 2014.
Watt, 27, hasn’t commented on their relationship. In a September interview with “In Depth with Graham Bensinger,” he said any woman he dates will need thick skin.
“I think it’s having the whole world watch your every move, and any female you’re seen with is automatically your girlfriend,” Watt said. “Bringing a girl into this life and the scrutiny and the criticism that comes with it — no matter how perfect the girl is — people are gonna rip her to shreds because that’s the social media world we live in today.”
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