In October 2019, Rapinoe previously opened up about her relationship with Bird, telling PEOPLE about their special "understanding" of each other as fellow athletes.
"We are huge fans of each other. I have become, like, a Seattle Storm number one superfan, of course," she said. "I think it is just the understanding of what we have to go through and the appreciation of, you know, each other’s skills and lives is really special. And in the same sense, we are just normal to each other. Which is really nice. Like, neither of us are like, 'Oh wow you are the best person that has ever played basketball.' Which she is!"
Rapinoe also said she feels incredibly comfortable with Bird because of their shared professional experience, and how it allowed her to be herself with her partner. "It is nice to just be able to totally unwind and be completely yourself and, you know, have someone understand and appreciate how special it is, what you are doing, but also just love you for who you are and just to be that kind of support system," Rapinoe said.
"Honestly, it’s really nice," she shared, jokingly adding that she loves being a "WAG and a superfan. I think it's amazing and to be able to watch your partner exceed and excel and be exactly who they are in a public forum. That's pretty special.”
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