Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Engaged: Relive Their Romance
Now that Iggy Azalea and L.A. Lakers player Nick Young are engaged, let’s take a look back at their 21-month romance, from the Tweet that started it all to the massive rock Iggy’s sporting these days.
In honor of “#womancrushwednesday,” Young sent Azalea a shout-out on Twitter, saying “#WCW would have to be iggy azalea.” Azalea later revealed that, despite Young’s version of the story, she didn’t actually Tweet back at him.
“You said you had a crush. And we have the same friends who lied to me and said he was way cooler and nicer than he actually was – enough for me to want to meet him,” she joked to Forever 21.
Regardless of how they got in touch, just a few days after Young’s Tweet the couple went on their first date, which included a trip to Target before dinner.
“I was like, ‘Target is my favorite place! I want to go to Target!’ So I made him,” Azalea said during an appearance on the Breakfast Club radio show. “You can learn so much about someone from Target What kind of quilts are you into? What’s your favorite movie? What kind of snacks do you like?”
On their one-year anniversary, both Azalea and Young posted commemorative photos of the trip.
After six months of cuddly Instagram photos, the couple stepped their photo game up a notch by appearing in an intimate GQ spread together, in which the magazine called them “the coolest, freakiest young couple in the NBA.”
Young is already father to 3-year-old Nick Jr. (a.k.a. “Lil Swaggy”) with ex-girlfriend Keonna Green, but he and the “Fancy” singer decided to put their collective parenting skills to the test by adopting a puppy (and giving her a confusingly long name).
Azalea signed with Wilhelmina models in 2012 and landed her first national campaign, a Forever 21 holiday shoot alongside Young, in October 2014.
“It was real cool. We had great chemistry,” Young said of the shoot, but denied that it was a challenge: “I’m Swaggy! It comes natural!”
As she is wont to do, Azalea told a different story than her hoops dude.
“As the hours rolled by I think Nick started to realize photoshoots are hard work too,” she told PEOPLE. “It was funny watching him have that revelation!”
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Young opened up to DuJour magazine about life with Azalea, who he said is “a really cool, down-to-earth person.”
“Growing up, I always wanted to be married and have a family, and it’s difficult it’s a process,” he said. “Me and Iggy just bought a house. We’ve been getting really close lately. I’ve never been with somebody like this. So I’m taking it as a challenge.”
He also admitted that the topic of marriage had “come up a couple times.” As for the house, Variety reported that the couple had actually purchased the six-bedroom Tarzana, California, home from Selena Gomez.
The mega-watt couple went all out for Christmas: Azalea gave her boyfriend a vintage Chevy convertible in return for a massive diamond-covered heart necklace.
Chivalry isn’t dead after all! Earlier this year, Young told ESPN about almost being killed by a dolphin while trying to defend his lady’s honor during a recent vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
“It was my time to ride the dolphin. For some reason, he took me all the way to the bottom. He was trying to drown me,” Young said. “I think he was trying to get on Iggy. He was a little friendly, kidding her and stuff. He was trying to take my woman.”
Just two days after Young told PEOPLE that “of course” a wedding was in the future, but refused to divulge any details, he proposed to Azalea at his 30th birthday party with a huge yellow diamond.