Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert’s love story unfolded in the most beautiful way possible, and we love that they’ve brought their fans along for the ride.
The couple originally met in 2014 while they both were healing from a breakup. Initially, Taylor had her reservations. But they became friends and, eventually, so much more. In September 2015, the couple announced they were expecting a daughter together, got engaged that fall at their baby shower and welcomed their daughter in December.
Even though we proudly put them in the Black Love Goals category, Taylor humbly suggests that all she and her husband are trying to do is show the good, bad and in between of marriage and parenthood. “Were here to inspire couples,” Teyana told ESSENCE exclusively. “People see the glitz and glamour. That’s 10% [of it.] They don’t really get to see that 90% of the blood, sweat and tears.”
Here’s to three years of the Shumperts keeping fun, spicy and honest! Scroll through the gallery for a glimpse at heir love story.
How They Met
Teyana told Wendy Williams that she initially played hard to get. "I didn't like him at first," she said. "When I first met him, he had just gotten drafted. He was young and doing a lot. I was at a party. He was drunk and had his shirt off. It was just too much going on, baby." Eventually, the two became friends and a whole lot more.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Recording artist Teyana Taylor and New York Knicks player Iman Shumpert attend 106 & Park on November 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Her Biggest Fan
These two cutie pies made one of their first red carpet appearances at the 2015 Kids Choice Sports Awards. Iman was clearly smitten from day one!
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: Actress Teyana Taylor and NBA player Iman Shumpert attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
Right By My Side
Teyana says the turning point in their relationship came when Iman suffered a knee injury. She apparently cleared her schedule
to be by his side, and that's when their relationship blossomed.
Party of 3
In September 2015, Shumpert announced via Instagram that he and Teyana were about to become parents. "I couldn't be more happy than to share my first child with the woman I intended to have my family with. Iman Taylor Shumpert Jr is expected to enter this world '1.16.16'," he wrote.
Iman asked for Teyana's hand in marriage at the pair’s royal-themed baby shower. The basketball player chose a gorgeous ruby red ring to pop the questions with. Tears flowed as the singer said yes!
I Now Pronounce You...
In September 2016, the singer confirmed that she and Shumpert had tied the knot! One month later, the couple shared photos on Instagram from their wedding day,
where the family of three rocked matching leather biker jackets that read "I do." The casual ceremony took place at a very sentimental location - in their home, in the very same spot they welcomed their first child.
Love Of My Life
“Junie is the star of our whole world,” Taylor told People
in March 2018. “Honestly, like one thing we want to do is give Junie the freedom to do whatever it is her little mind desires."
Always Got Mom's Back
The proud parents shared a moment with their daughter during Teyana's tour with Jeremih in 2018.
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Teyana Taylor (L) and Iman Shumpert backstage at PlayStation Theater on August 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Walk On The Wild Side
One of the things fans love most about Taylor and Shumpert is that they're never afraid to dish about what goes in their bedroom. In fact, they've even confirmed that they occasionally partake in threesomes (she even sang about it on the song "3Way"
from her album KTSE
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert attend the 2019 CFDA Awards at The Brooklyn Museum on June 3, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Partners in Crime...and Costume!
Don't you just love a cute couple moment? The superstars arrived at the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors with outfits inspired by Lil' Kim and The Notorious B.I.G.
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: (EDITOR'S NOTE: This image has been altered with digital filters) Teyana Taylor (L) and Iman Shumpert I attend the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for VH1)
Taylor often brings her hubby onstage during her performances for a serenade and dance, and he clearly doesn't mind!
WANTAGH, NY - AUGUST 30: Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert onstage at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 30, 2015 in Wantagh, New York. (Photo by Arik McArthur/FilmMagic)
The couple is known to experiment with their style and coordinate epic looks. Every day is Fashion Week with the Shumperts!
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Basketball player Iman Shumpert and actress/singer Teyana Taylor arrive at Hood By Air fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
When he's your homie, lover and friend! >
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert attend the VFILES fashion show during New York Fashion Week September 2016 at Spring Studios on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
2017 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
We love their memorable family moments, like when Taylor paid homage to her icon Janet Jackson at the 2017 VMAs red carpet while matching with her little girl.
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Teyana Taylor (L) Iman Shumpert (R) and their daughter attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
Hardly Home But Always Reppin'
Teyana spoke with ESSENCE
exclusively about how she and her hubby keep things spicy with such busy schedules and juggling parenthood. "We have to take advantage [when we're both free.] We have to do it like three times in one day just to last us for the week."
The Shumperts recently took GQ's Couple's Quiz
where Iman was quizzed about his wife's favorite things. Yes, he passed with flying colors. This is what true chemistry looks like!
Lights, Camera, Action!
The couple's VH1 reality show Teyana & Iman
premiered in March 2018, giving fans a look into their unconventional relationship and unbreakable bond.
Iman and Junie have the cutedt daddy-daughter relationship.
Iman Shumpert & Teyana Taylor
Loving You Always
These two are cute beyond words!
Black Love Goals!!
Keep love alive, y'all!
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress/Recording Artist Teyana Taylor (L) and NBA Player Iman Shumpert attend the Forbes Dinner Honoring Jeezy at the Hunt & Fish Club on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)