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Does Colin Kaepernick Have a Wife? The NFL Star and Nessa Diab Welcomed Their First Child

Bettina Dizon
Aug 31, 2022
10:40 A.M.
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Nessa Diab is not yet Colin Kaepernick's wife, but she is the mother of his child. The couple has been together for quite some time and has influenced each other significantly. Here's more about her.

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Congratulations to Colin Kaepernick and Nessa Diab as they welcomed their first child together. The couple announced the wonderful news weeks after their baby was born.

Hours before the MTV Video Music Awards, Diab made the reveal through Instagram, posting a black and white photo of their little family on Instagram.

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"Colin and I welcomed our amazing baby to the world a few weeks ago, and we are over the moon with our growing family," she said. Although the new mom has yet to share her baby's name, gender, and birth date, she did talk about her partner.

Diab is beyond grateful to share a child with an amazing father and partner who has been by her side throughout the journey. Although the NFL star and Diab are not married, they have been together for a long time.

WHO IS COLIN KAEPERNICK'S GIRLFRIEND, NESSA DIAB?

Born on May 6, 1984, in California, Diab is of Egyptian descent and was raised a Muslim in Saudi Arabia and Los Angeles. Life growing up wasn't particularly easy for Diab because her parents were discriminated against.

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She previously revealed that although educated, her parents did not get jobs because of their accents. To make ends meet, her father took a job that brought the family to Saudi Arabia in the '90s. She shared:

"I was a young girl fearing for my life. I wore gas masks to school. I heard war sirens constantly, and I knew at this point, I had to break out of this lifestyle."

When she returned to the US, Diab received her education at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Mass Communication. She interned at the "WiLD" show called "The Baydestrian Report" while studying.

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Her career started in San Francisco when she worked as an on-air personality at Wild 94.4 while building her platform on YouTube. She later hosted MTV's "Girl Code" and landed a slot on New York's "Hot97" in 2015. She said:

"Hot 97 has the best energy and continues to preserve the culture, which was something that I wanted [on the West Coast] but didn't have. For me to be part of their legacy is incredible."

Through all her experiences, Diab encourages women to keep working towards their dreams. "I believe on-air personalities don't have to be a male to attract young females," she reportedly said.

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COLIN KAEPERNICK AND NESSA DIAB'S RELATIONSHIP

Since meeting in 2015, the six-year-strong couple has kept their relationship out of the limelight, only confirming their status in February 2016 as they attended a charity function together.

It was only in 2017 that Diab found herself on the athlete activist's Instagram feed. The power couple posed in matching black outfits complimented by a bright blue and purple silhouette for the annual Time 100 gala.

Diab took the time to express her deepest feelings for Kaepernick when he was proclaimed as GQ's 2017 Citizen of the Year, focusing mainly on the quarterback's empathy.

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"Empathy was a reason why he was adopted: His parents — two of their children had passed away from heart defects. It's why he helped so many young children with heart defects get proper care," she shared with the magazine.

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Aiding sick children was not the only charitable work that Kaepernick managed to do. In 2018, he took it to Instagram to share how proud he was of Diab for playing a massive role in helping him donate a million dollars to oppressed communities.

Diab and Kaepernick also appeared in the 2019 MET GALA with photos shared on Kaepernick's social media showing their outfits, inspired by their roots in Ghana and Egypt.

Apart from all the bright spots of their relationship, the drama also found its way to ensure when Diab, a Muslim, was accused of significantly influencing Kaepernick's political views, as claimed by Iowa Congressman Steve King.

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Kaepernick was quick to denounce rumors of Diab's influence on his activism, making it clear that the main impact was their constant conversation, which he shares with many others. He reportedly said:

"I have great respect for the religion, know a lot of people that are Muslim and are phenomenal people."

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Diab was also allegedly involved in Kaepernick's failed contract signing in 2017. As the quarterback's contract ended with the 49ers, the Baltimore Ravens were close to signing the NFL veteran, as said by football player Ray Lewis on Showtime's "Inside the NFL."

The failure to sign Kaepernick was linked to an image shared by Diab on Twitter which likened himself and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to the characters of Samuel L. Jackson, an enslaved person, and Leonardo DiCaprio, a plantation owner, in the 2012 film "Django Unchained."

Since then, however, the Ravens franchise has denied Bisciotti being responsible for any stoppage to Kaepernick's signing.

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COLIN KAEPERNICK'S GIRLFRIEND IS AN ACTIVIST FOR WOMEN

The last few years saw Diab and Kaepernick lead conversations and protests that fight to value the lives of many, yet this is something Diab has done long before her relationship with the athlete.

In 2015, the radio host stood at the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss women in her industry and the challenges faced.

Diab and stand-up comedian Carly Aquilino traveled across the country, visiting various college campuses, to talk about Plan B One-Step, an emergency contraceptive pill to prevent unwanted pregnancy. She highlighted the value of knowing one's options:

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"As women, it's so important that we educate each other with actual facts and that we're able to spread the truth about our health, our body, and what matters to us."

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Diab is also one who has significantly fought to condemn Islamophobia. In an Instagram post where she blasted cops for wrongfully murdering Alton Sterling, she also highlighted the possibility of discrediting the shopkeeper's testimony just because he is a Muslim.

Before Kaepernick began taking on a knee with 49ers teammate Eric Reid to protest police brutality, Kaepernick already had plans with Diab on initiatives to empower Black and Brown youth members.

It became a reality in 2016 when they launched the Know Your Rights Camp (KYRC) to promote fundamental human rights.

KYRC has partnered with Ben & Jerry's to produce a new vegan flavor whose proceeds are set to fund KYRC's initiatives to battle systemic racism. In the past five years, KYRC has started youth camps, legal defense initiatives, and various community response initiatives.

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Colin Kaepernick during the ACLU SoCal Hosts Annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Colin Kaepernick during the ACLU SoCal Hosts Annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

NESSA DIAB WAS SAID TO BE BEHIND COLIN KAEPERNICK'S ACTIVISM

Shortly after dating Diab, the NFL star's social media posts began to reflect his support for several movements, including Muslim activism and Black Lives Matter.

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While he remains active in posting about his career and personal life, he also shares posts with social justice connotations, such as quotes from leaders and activists.

Previously, the athlete even sported a black hat with a visible white "X." He paired it with a top with photos of Malcolm X and Cuban despot Fidel Castro.

Colin Kaepernick and Nessa Diab attend the 2017 TIME 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Colin Kaepernick and Nessa Diab attend the 2017 TIME 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Diab may have strongly influenced Colin Kaepernick's activism, including his stand in the Take A Knee movement. The New York Times previously credited the MTV star for introducing Kaepernick to activists such as Ameer Hasan Loggins.

Regardless of who influenced him, it is excellent to know that more people are supporting causes and using their voices to make a difference.

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