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Serena Williams Reveals Why She Won't Be Celebrating Daughter Alexis Olympia's First Birthday

Serena Williams Reveals Why She Won't Be Celebrating Daughter Alexis Olympia's First Birthday

Serena Williams‘ daughter Alexis Olympia will be turning a year old this weekend – but there won’t be any party marking the occasion.

The 36-year-old tennis star – who is currently in the midst of the 2018 US Open – recently revealed that she and her husband Alexis Ohanian will not be celebrating their daughter’s birthday when she turns one on Saturday, September 1.

“Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays,” Serena said at a press conference. “We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.”

If you didn’t know, followers of the Jehovah’s Witness church don’t believe in celebrating birthdays or holidays “because we believe that such celebrations displease God” – according to the church’s official website. Birthdays also have pagan roots, and according to the religion, the Bible “condemns the use of magic, divination, spiritism, or ‘anything like this.’”

Last year in her interview with Vogue, Serena opened up about what the religion means to her.

“Being a Jehovah’s Witness is important to me, but I’ve never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it,” Serena said. “Alexis didn’t grow up going to any church, but he’s really receptive and even takes the lead. He puts my needs first.”

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  • mahbelle

    poor kid. do serena and her husband go door to door passing out pamphlets? i doubt it

  • werd

    “Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays.” That made me laugh. A one-year old doesn’t even know what a birthday is. And she may very well grow up and decide that she wants to celebrate her birthday. Man, parents are weird.

  • Rhonda Bautista

    Wow, beautiful family really I felt following your life on you sister’s growing up you had good morals, kindness, as for the other comments they just don’t understand. But you and your husband do, Jr. Has every thing she needs. So much love

  • LegalBetch

    Had no idea she was a Jehovah’s Witness…I’ve know a few in my life and every single one of them is batsh*t crazy. Damn.

  • Stoni

    Parents who don’t celebrate their children’s birthdays or holidays are just LAZY AND CHEAP. They are just using their cult/religion as an excuse.

  • Casey C

    People that have blowout parties for a one year old are ridiculous anyway

  • Kat

    My parents did throw me any parties and I’m stilk salty about it years later and my parents werent in any church they just did not care.
    Throw a party for your child if you can afford it its nice you get food and people together, eat cake, open presents.
    I

  • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

    Wow, I had no idea she was such a idiot.

  • Vanity

    So you are going to deny your child a celebration because of your beliefs? Just like identifying her as black when she is clearly biracial. take a seat Serena you sound idiotic.

  • Pitysaurus_rex

    My coworker is and I don’t understand how you can be so close-minded but think its “the truth”. She says some of the craziest things, brings bibles to work to give to employees that don’t want them, and encourages us to download their stupid app to read the articles. Also, they hate gay people.

  • Logan

    They also beileve an marriage first then kids.. I guess someone forgot about that part. Poor kid…

  • Logan

    They also beileve an marriage first then kids.. I guess someone forgot about that part. Poor kid…

  • Volvican

    Just your run of the mill pick’n’choose religiosity. I’d be pretty sure that much of Serena’s life would be ‘not done’ in Jehovah’s Witness. Seems odd to draw the line at birthday parties.

  • CalypsoPoet

    I was raised JW. It’s a cult. The sex abuse cover ups are disgusting among many other things. She just lost a fan.

  • Mike Sax

    What sex abuse cover up? I think you got the wrong religion in mind.