It's not easy to balance your professional career along with your personal life, especially when you are blessed with two adorable daughters who are growing each day in front of your very eyes. An incredibly loving wife on top of that comes with its own amazing perks as well as a few challenges.
A brilliant player when he steps onto the court, Gordon Hayward knows what it's like come through adversity. After a horrific injury in 2017, he couldn't be more delighted with the efforts of all three family members who did their best to lift his spirits.
Gordon Hayward's Married Life
Gordon Hayward is married to his wife Robyn Van Vilet (now Robyn Hayward). Back in 2013 when Gordon was 23 and completed his college, Robyn had just finished her high school.
It's not clear how the lovebirds first met, but both of them reportedly grew up and went to school in Indiana. After dating for five months, the pair decided to take their relationship to the next level through an engagement ceremony on the Christmas Eve of 2013.
The adorable duo tied the knot on 24th May 2014. The ceremony was held at St. Simon the Apostle Church in Indianapolis.
Gordon and Robyn share two children together. In February 2015, the basketball star announced on his blog he and his wife were welcoming a new member to the family. Their first daughter Bernadette Marie Hayward was born on 6th June 2015.
Subsequently, Gordon expressed his delight on his website. He said:
"I’m really excited about becoming a dad. We’re starting the next chapter of our lives together, and I’m ready for it. We found out that Robyn was pregnant a while ago, but we didn’t tell anybody because we wanted to make sure everything went well in the first trimester."
The NBA star added, his wife had gone for a checkup recently and everything looked good. Since Robyn was going to start showing soon, he figured it was a good time to share the news with everyone.
Gordon further stated in the post, Robyn was "very excited" adding they had already made plans to turn one of their rooms into a nursery.
Besides a few days of morning sickness, the pregnancy went well as per Gordon. He revealed Robyn was induced before giving birth causing some major discomfort. The Celtics star said seeing her in such intense pain was "one of the most difficult things I’ve had to watch in my entire life".
Talking of parenthood, Hayward said:
"It’s still kicking in how much our lives have changed. We’re obviously very early in the parenthood experience. Bernie is still so small, but each and every day she feels more like a person."
"Once she starts crawling around, making noises more, and she’s more active, it will be a little different."
During the 2016 Summer Olympics, Hayward was supposed to represent Team USA. However, he did not travel to Brazil because of his wife's second pregnancy.
The couple welcomed their second daughter on 11th July 2016 named Charlotte Margaret Hayward.
Happy to announce the birth of my second baby girl! Blessed for her to be happy and healthy. Robyn did so well! pic.twitter.com/4ef8f7lsn7— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) July 12, 2016
Gordon soon needed to find the right balance between playing basketball and spending time with two beautiful daughters. Speaking on this, the Celtics star said:
"Balancing everything is something that has been extremely difficult for us."
Gordon claimed it’s not just about balancing time for both Bernadette and Charlotte to get the attention they each need and deserve. Moreover, it’s also about allowing Robyn to still be who she is, and not just being the mom.
Hayward sympathized with Robyn having to stay at home every day and take care of the girls. He said:
"All moms probably know: If you just have to sit at home all day, every day, it can drive you insane."
On 10th July 2018, it was reported the Hayward duo is expecting another baby girl. Earlier, Gordon said that if the couple ever has a boy, they are going to name him Gordon Jr.
Gordon Hayward's Spirits Lifted By His Family After Gruesome Injury
As Gordon was on a road to recovery after his season-ending injury in the 2017-18 season, both his daughters appeared to lift the spirits of their daddy.
Gordon Hayward’s physical therapy team may be slightly inexperienced but they’re hard-working pic.twitter.com/942K4CNWqG— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) October 26, 2017
During the first quarter of the Celtics' opening game of the season, Hayward suffered a devastating injury as he fractured his left tibia as well as dislocated his ankle.
Bleacher Report tweeted on 27th October 2017 showing how his two adorable daughters decorated the leg cast with pretty stickers.
Earlier, merely a day after the horrific injury, Robyn updated her Instagram writing "Gordon is so tough and is the strongest worker, so I know he will come back stronger."
I truly believe this! Thanks for all the prayers for Gordon and our family. It sucks, but this is what happens and you move on to the next step. Gordon is so tough and is the hardest worker, so I know he will come back stronger. He's wired differently. Gordons a true competitor and will take this and use it as fuel to be that much better. This is an obstacle that he's more than ready to over come. Keep praying for him though he needs some lovin!
There's no doubt the entire family of four (soon to be five) are absolutely adorable together and immensely care for each other!
Gordon Hayward: Quick Facts
- Born on 23rd March 1990 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- His birth sign is Aries.
- His parents are Gordon Scott Hayward and Jody Hayward.
- He went to Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, Indiana.
- He plays as a shooting guard.
- He was selected 9th overall by Utah Jazz in the 2010 NBA draft.
- His first appearance in the NBA All-Star game arrived in 2017.
- He spent the first seven years of his career in Utah.
- He signed for the Boston Celtics prior to the 2017-18 season.
- He played mixed doubles tennis with his sister before he turned pro basketball player.
- The sibling duo competed together in the 2005 Indiana State Open.
- In 2010, he was named Horizon League Player of the Year at Butler University.
- His net worth is estimated to be $48 million.