Kishele Shipley (born 10th April 1989; Age: 33 years old) is an American human resource specialist, Kawhi Leonard’s girlfriend, and the mother of his kids.
Thanks to her relationship with Kawhi, a famous basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers, Kishele has attained celebrity status herself and often attracts the attention of many. She however prefers maintaining a low profile but this has only heightened interest in her and her relationship with Leonard.
Kishele Shipley is a Native of San Diego, California
Just like her famous boyfriend, Kishele Shipley is also a native and citizen of the United States of America. She however has multiracial ethnicity and is half African-American. Kishele Shipley was born in San Diego, California, USA under the birth sign Aries on the 10th of April 1989. She is 33 years old now. This means that Kishele is two years older than her partner Leonard. Records show that the player was born on the 29th of June 1991.
The names of Kishele Shipley’s parents are Kenneth Shipley and Cathy Marie Shipley. Her father is a businessman while her mother is a home keeper. Kishele has two sisters namely, Kenisha and Kasandra. Kenisha is older than her while she is older than Kasandra. Kenisha and Kassandra are both graduates of California State University. While Kasandra now works in the field of teaching, Kenisha is a graduate state researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Just like her sisters, Kishele Shipley is also a college graduate. After receiving her basic and high school education, she proceeded to San Diego State University and bagged a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration in 2012.
She and Kawhi Leonard Began Dating During their College Days
Kishele Shipley found herself at the center of media attention the moment she began dating Kawhi Leonard and it is believed that their love story dates back to their college days. Kishele and Kawhi are both graduates of San Diego State University and met each other for the first time in school.
There is however no record that shows exactly when they started dating. However, their relationship unofficially became public in 2014 when Kishele was featured in one of Kawhi’s Instagram posts. Since then, they have been together, growing so strong and supporting each other.
Kishele Shipley and Kawhi Leonard Have Been Together For 9 Years
Kishele and Kawhi have been together for 9 Years now. The couple is very private with their personal details so much so that there is some confusion about their marital status. However, as much as it is known to the public, the duo have not yet exchanged marital vows. Regardless of this fact, many people assume and describe them as a married couple.
The reason behind their assumption is not farfetched as the pair has continued to live nothing less than a typical married couple’s life with their daughter. Meanwhile, there are reports that they recently got engaged but the information is not yet verified. In an interview with ESPN in 2016, Shipley was referred to as Kawhi’s fiancee but as we said, there is no confirmation of their engagement yet.
Many photos of Kishele cheering Kawhi on when he played home games for the Toronto Raptors can be found on the internet. During the 2018 NBA Championship, Kishele and their daughter Kayilah were spotted heading to the team’s raft. Moreso, she and her sisters are often seen wearing “Raptors” jerseys during the NBA finals. This shows the great support and love her family has for Kawhi.
The Couple Has Two Children Together
Kishele Shipley has two children with Kawhi Leonard. She and Kawhi welcomed their first child together; a daughter named Kayilah Leonard in October 2016. Kayilah is presently 7 years old although details of her exact date and place of birth are not available.
Kishele Shipley and Kawhi Leonard welcomed their second child together, a son, in April 2019. It must however be pointed out that the couple has never formally announced the birth of their son, his name, or other pertinent details about him. As a result, there are doubts as to whether they had another child together.
These doubts have now been laid to rest because Leonard himself spoke about his son’s birth after leaving the Toronto Raptors for the L.A. Clippers in 2019. During a press conference, he thanked the city for allowing him to play there. He also thanked the fans and the medical staff who had helped deliver his son a few months before.
Additionally, during the 2020 NBA All-Star weekend, they were photos and videos of the entire family including their latest addition in the course of the festivities.
Kishele Shipley is a Human Resources Specialist
Outside being a celebrity spouse, Kishele Shipley has carved a niche for herself as a human resource professional. After her graduation from San Diego State University in 2012, Kishele kickstarted her career as a human resource officer in the city of San Diego and has since advanced in the job. She has over the years made achievements and progress in her career and has received several promotions as well.
Kishele Shipley is also passionate about interior decoration. She entertains herself by developing interior designs and saving them to her Pinterest account. In addition to her career and interests, Kishele Shipley is also preoccupied with being a wife and mother.
Despite her personal achievements and status as the girlfriend of a sports star, Kishele is a very private person. She prefers to keep away from the limelight. She does not have an active account on any social media platform. Even though her two sisters are very active on social media, they do not post anything about her and her family but rather respect her privacy.
In this regard, Kishele Shipley is identical to her love partner, Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi Leonard is a well-known basketball player and a 5-time NBA All-Star. He is also a two-time NBA champion and received the Most Valuable Player award in 2014 at the NBA finals. Despite all this, he remains a notoriously private person and often avoids personal questions during interviews.