How old is Stephen Curry’s child Riley Curry? Where is She now?

Riley Curry is an American television and media personality who turned 11 in 2023.

Early life

Riley Elizabeth Curry was born on 19 July 2012 in a hospital in Monroe, North Carolina USA. but her birthplace was listed as Charlotte, North Carolina. Her father, Wardell Stephen Curry II, was born on 14 March 1988 in Akron, Ohio, US, and is a four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Stephen is one of the best-known Golden State Warriors players, a team that he never left after joining in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft as the seventh overall pick.

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Riley’s mother, Ayesha Disa Curry (née Alexander), was born on 23 March 1989 in Markham, Ontario, Canada. She became known for producing cooking content on her YouTube channel, Little Lights of Mine, in 2014. Her husband’s prominence prompted the Food Network television network to offer her the opportunity to host the short-lived show “Ayesha’s Homemade” in 2016. Ayesha wrote two cookbooks, “The Seasoned Life” in 2016 and “The Full Plate” in 2020, and hosted TV shows such as “Ayesha’s Home Kitchen” and “The Great American Baking Show” in 2017. She also co-founded the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation with Stephen in 2019. Their foundation aims to provide kids with safe, hunger-free, and productive childhood, and mainly operates in California.

Riley is of African-American descent on her paternal side and of African-American, Afro-Jamaican, Polish, and Chinese descent through her maternal side, according to EthniCelebs.com. Her parents met in 2003 while attending a church youth group in Charlotte, however, they didn’t  start dating until years later, when Ayesha moved to Los Angeles to begin her acting career and ran into Stephen, who was attending an awards show; they married on 30 July 2011 in Charlotte. Riley’s parents are Christian, and she grew up in a religious household; her father only mentioned being a practicing Christian, while Ayesha ascribes to Pentecostal Christianity. Riley was passionate about horseriding as a child.

Siblings

Riley has two younger siblings: sister Ryan Carson Curry, born on 10 July 2015 in Oakland, California, and brother Canon Wardell Jack Curry, born on 2 July 2018, also in Oakland. Her mom revealed to People magazine in November 2018 that they picked Canon’s name on their honeymoon. They also chose a second girl’s name at that time. It was supposed to be Riley’s first or middle name, but they changed their mind a year later. Her parents call her Ri Ri.

Grandparents

Riley’s paternal grandfather is Wardell Stephen “Dell” Curry Sr., born on 25 June 1964 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, who played for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA from 1986 to 2002, Her paternal grandmother is Sonya Alicia Curry (née Adams), born 30 May 1966 in Radford, Virginia, , a high school athlete who played basketball and volleyball and competed in track and field. She met Wardell when both attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Sonya founded the Christian Montessori School of Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina, which Riley’s paternal uncles and aunts attended. Sadly, Riley’s grandparents publicly announced their divorce in August 2021 after 33 years of marriage; her grandfather married Nicki Smith the following year, while her grandmother reportedly continued dating NBA player Steven Johnson, with whom she allegedly cheated on Dell, according to the New York Post.

Riley’s maternal grandparents are John, a music producer, and Carol Alexander (née Chin).

Aunts, uncles, and cousins

Riley has a paternal uncle, basketball player Seth Adham Curry, born 23 August 1990, who played for the Dallas Mavericks and the Brooklyn Nets. On 14 September 2019, Seth married Callie Rivers, a former volleyball player, daughter of the professional NBA player Doc Rivers, and podcast host. They have three children: daughter Carter Lynn Curry, born in May 2018; son Cash, born in November 2021; and second son Cruz Lennox, born in June 2023.

Riley also has a paternal aunt, Sydel Curry-Lee, born 20 October 1994 in Charlotte, who played volleyball at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, before she became a YouTuber. On 1 September 2018, Sydel married Damion Lee, an NBA basketball player for the Phoenix Suns, and they have two children: son Daxon Wardell-Xavier Lee, born on 26 November 2021, and daughter Daryn Alicia Lee, born on 23 August 2023.

Her maternal uncles are Chad and Jaz Alexander, and her maternal aunts are Janiece and Maria Alexander.

Early education, source of career

Riley appeared on TV early; when she was two, her father brought her to a press conference after his team’s game during the 2015 NBA Playoffs. She giggled while listening to him at one point, interrupting his speech. As if that didn’t attract enough attention, Riley climbed the podium; Stephen put her on his lap to calm her, but she became restless. She then told him to ‘be quiet’ when he tried to continue speaking to the media.

Her father’s team held another press conference shortly after, and Riley attended again. She potentially sensed that the journalists’ cameras would be on her, and Stephen didn’t help the situation by placing her on his lap again. Riley started to hum the “Blessings” song by rapper Big Sean and fidgeted, then began jumping, dancing, and pulling the plastic sheets behind her. Stephen later said that ‘he had no idea how much of a splash Riley would make, and that if he could take it [bringing her] back, he probably would.’

She also attended the 2015 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards the same year,  and entertained the audience with her reactions to her father’s name being called out, including freezing, clapping for him, giving him a high five, and trying to follow him to the stage. Although Riley attended the May 2016 MVP ceremony, where her father received his second MVP Award, she stayed in the audience, seemingly enamored by her little sister.

Career

Riley debuted on television as herself in an episode of her mother’s TV cooking show, “Ayesha’s Home Kitchen,” in November 2016. Riley was also present at the Golden State Warriors against the Oklahoma City Thunder game the same year, and in December 2017, attended the game in which the Memphis Grizzlies faced the Golden State Warriors. Riley behaved nicely during those appearances and supported her father during the Golden State Warriors championship parade in 2018. In 2019, she and her family attended the premiere of the Disney movie “The Lion King.’

In 2021, Riley appeared as herself in episodes of television shows such as “Entertainment Tonight,” “Say Yes to the Dress,” and “Selena + Chef”. Online and printed magazines also published pictures of her family’s annual Christmas celebration for years. They wore costumes with a different theme every year, portraying vampires, pirates, and “Toy Story” animated movie characters. These celebrations happened days after the family hosted an annual “Christmas with the Currys” event through their foundation. In 2022, the Curry family supplied about 500 families in or around Oakland with what they needed for the upcoming winter.

Beliefs and interests

US Magazine reported that Stephen was ‘excited for the checkpoints in his children’s lives, the ups and downs, and their graduations, and doesn’t believe in sugarcoating things.’ Ayesha clarified that honesty worked best for them and that the couple believed that because their children are their future, they are physically and verbally instilling a change they wish to see.’

Riley noted that ‘there weren’t many women being president or helping alongside the president’ during the 2020 Democratic National Convention, at which Ayesha and Stephen supported candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Karris. Consequently, the couple took Riley to the Black Lives Matter movement rally in January 2021, believing that their daughter should see things first-hand, that it would initiate her questions about racism and inequality.

Riley opened the new playground at Franklin Elementary School in Oakland with her mother in June 2021, as it was sponsored through her parent’s foundation in collaboration with a few others. Riley then attended the ESPY Awards in July 2022, to be there for her father, who hosted the sports-themed ceremony for the first time.

 

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Around that time, Ayesha shared an Instagram video in which Riley made a chicken piccata dish. When people suspected that Ayesha did the work behind the scenes and faked the footage, she responded that ‘Riley made it from scratch, making her so proud that she could cry when her daughter said that she learned from the best.’ That brought attention to Stephen’s 2018 essay for The Player Tribune, in which he mentioned that Riley told him that she wanted to be ‘a basketball player cook when she grows up.’

Vow renewal, birthday celebration

Riley officiated her parents’ vow renewal ceremony in September 2021, after Canon and Ryan walked her to the altar in their backyard. In July 2022, Riley’s mother wrote that Riley ‘never stopped surprising them with her talents, empathic nature, poise, and wit.’ She also praised her creative and genius brain. Riley seemed ecstatic wearing her ‘Birthday Princess’ tiara, especially when her father gifted her a pair of black-red basketball sneakers from his Curry 10 shoe line. Both parents asked her to stop growing up so fast, with Ayesha wishing that ‘the next 10 years move like molasses.’ Similarly, in the Instagram post celebrating Riley’s 11th birthday, Ayesha wrote that she was ‘sweet, talented, smart, and captivating’ and revealed another of her private nicknames, Riley Roo. The attached pictures also showed that Riley enjoys theme park rides, eating dessert in bed, and drinking fruit juice.

Her parents’ regret

Riley’s mother reiterated her husband’s opinion from 2015 in an interview with Insider in March 2023, that they began doubting whether bringing Riley to games and post-game celebrations was the correct decision. She explained that they couldn’t predict what social media would become, and might not have done it if they’d known how chaotic things could be. However, both knew they wanted to live authentically and bring Riley along. Thus, they couldn’t blame it on their lack of experience as new parents. Ayesha concluded that they learned along the way and would try to establish a balance.

Their doubts might have started when Riley appeared in “Stephen Curry: Underrated,” a PG-13 coming-of-age film about Stephen’s life that premiered on Apple TV+ on 21 July 2023. Stephen and Ayesha’s company, Unanimous Media, partially produced it. Additionally, in 2022, a boy in the audience of one of the NBA parades lifted a sign that read, ‘Will you let her marry me?’ While Riley laughed and waved at the boy, Ayesha looked displeased when she showed the sign to her mom. Stephen seemingly avoided looking in that direction.

Interest in sports

During his speech at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards in December 2022, Stephen admitted that neither Riley nor her siblings care too much about how many times the ball he throws goes into the basket. Instead, they mostly enjoy visiting parades and celebrating the championships with him. He added that they see him as their father, not a basketball superstar, which was his goal.

However, in February 2023, People magazine reported that Riley joined her father to watch Stanford University’s women’s basketball team in a home game against the University of Southern California’s team. The two supported Cameron Brink, Stephen’s godsister, and she impressed them by breaking the season’s record for the number of blocks. Riley’s attendance also showed that she became a fan of tie-dye hoodies. Moreover, Riley was in the audience when her father’s team beat the Sacramento Kings in April, and gave him a special handshake on the way to the locker room. On 31 December 2019, “Good Morning America” premiered the clip of their first handshake, filmed after the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 105 to 96. The father-daughter handshake involved a few unique hand gestures and ended with a kiss on Stephen’s cheek and a playful face slap.

Stephen revealed to NBC Sports Bay Area in July 2023 that Riley recently became interested in volleyball. He noticed that ‘a light bulb went off in her head and that she found something she loved, was passionate about, and loved to work on.’ She also told him that she was disinterested in playing basketball professionally because of the injuries he received, and the hand casts and butt pads that he wore afterwards.

Stephen told People magazine in October 2023 that he won’t pressure his children to be athletes, but has introduced them to various sports in the backyard of their home. He said, ‘They play without much organization. I want them to build confidence and find joy in everything they do.’ Stephen also said that he wants them to evade the unnecessary pressure of keeping up with their peers and enjoy being children. That contrasted his strict upbringing, which Riley’s grandmother admitted to in her 2022 memoir, “Fierce Love.”

Physical characteristics

Riley Curry has long dark brown hair, often braided or with blonde highlights, and green eyes. She is 4ft 9ins (1.45m) tall and weighs about 77lbs (35kgs), as of late 2023.

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