Australian basketball player Ben Simmons debuted as a professional NBA player in 2016 after getting selected as the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. The point guard of Philadelphia 76ers was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2018 and was also named the NBA All-Star in 2019.
Ben is now considered one of Australia's richest athletes with his five-year contract extension worth $170 million with 76ers in July of 2019.
Wife, Girlfriend, Dating?
Basketball players often catch media attention with their romantic relationships or controversies. When it comes to romances, Ben Simmons from the Philadelphia 76ers certainly strikes our minds.
Ben is currently dating the highly celebrated member of the Kardashian family, Kendall Jenner. Although rumors of them getting together swirled around May of 2018, it was Kendall who confirmed their relationship on The Ellen Show in February of 2019.
Reports suggested that after they started their relationship, the couple was spotted several times spending holidays, cuddling and attending basketball games together.
Ben Simmons spotted with his then-girlfriend Kendall Jenner (Photo: people.com)
Their relationship was pretty well-knit as Kendall was even spotted cheering for her boyfriend Ben with his mother Julie Simmons in January 2019. It was said that the couple met through mutual buddies. However, the fun-filled life of the basketball player and the reality star was not always smooth; it hit a huge boulder in May of 2019.
At the time, Kendall even talked about their growing relationship and the possibility of them getting married. But, when many thought Kendall as the potential wife of Ben, the couple swirled heartbreaking news by calling it quits in May of 2019. The duo supposedly split due to their scheduling mismatches and the sources denote that Kendall has always kept her dating life off the public eye.
It looked like the duo could not stay apart for such a long time. Reports emerged around mid-December 2019 that Ben and Kendall have re-sparked the flame. They allegedly broke up earlier in May due to their intense schedules. But, even after the breakup, the two stayed in touch, while Kendall made multiple trips to Philadelphia.
The duo became fairly private about their relationship once they got things between them patched up. Furthermore, the lovebirds were also seen celebrating New Year's Eve together at The Weeknd's New Year's Eve Party, allegedly. They were also seen in downtown Philadelphia just before midnight on 31 December 2019. Looking at their rekindled relationship, one can only speculate that the duo cannot be separated and will continue their relationship for a long time.
Before his relationship with Kendall, Simmons dated three beauties over a short period. His acquaintance with Tinashe Kachingwe, an American actress, singer, dancer, and former model lasted from November of 2017 to May of 2018.
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He was also seen with the twin sister of Dakota Gonzalez, Dylan Gonzalez from June to November 2017. Apart from that, the basketball star was rumored to have dated Instagram celebrity, Brittany Renner, back in 2016 from May to December.
Ben grew up with his father Dave Simmons and mother Julie Simmons in Melbourne. His family comprises of his five siblings named Emily Katherine Tribe, Melissa Tribe, Olivia Simmons, Liam Tribe-Simmons and Sean Simmons.
Ben is close to his kins and was spotted practicing jump shoots with his brother in the off-seasons of 2018. His brother Liam was a former college player of San Diego Christian and coach of multiple institutions. Surprisingly, David Patrick, assistant coach of LSU is his godfather.
He is rumored to be close to his sister, especially Olivia. She had always publicly disapproved of his decision of getting his hands into “Kardashian business” during his affiliation with Kendall. On the other hand, his half-sister Emily is in a married relation with ex-NFL running back Michael Bush.
Ben's Short Bio
Born as Benjamin David Simmons on the 20th of July, 1996, Ben is a native of Melbourne. He was named America’s Top High School Junior and MVP in 2013-14 junior season. The NBA star has a tall height of 6 feet and 10 inches (2.08 m).
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Stats indicate that the Australian basketball player had an impressive high school career. His contribution to the High School National Tournament as a part of Montverde Academy helped his team to reign over St. Benedicts in the finals in April of 2013.