Sonya and Dell Curry, Steph Curry’s parents, met many years ago while studying at Virginia Tech (via The Famous People). Dell and Sonya met one evening when Sonya’s volleyball coach invited Dell to one of her games. Dell asked Sonya on a date after the match, and they’ve been together ever since.
The couple married in 1988, and Dell went on to have a successful NBA career. During his three-decade career, he played for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, and, most notably, the Charlotte Hornets (per Basketball Reference).
Until their second child was born in 1990, Sonya accompanied Dell to all of his games. Sonya and Dell Curry are well-known basketball fans who frequently attend their sons’ games, Stephen and Seth Curry.
Unfortunately, despite appearing to be deeply in love in the media, Dell and Sonya have decided to end their idyllic marriage after 33 years together (via People). Despite experimenting with a trial separation for over a year, the couple decided it was best to part ways.
Sonya Curry asserts Dell Curry had been unfaithful.
Despite their deep sadness over their decision, Dell and Sonya Curry remain focused on the happiness of their family. In a joint statement, they stated, “We are grateful for all of our blessings and successes! We remain committed to and supportive of our children and grandchildren, and we will continue on similar paths. We request that our privacy be respected and that our family be prayed for as we move forward ” (via People).
While the couple has yet to address the specifics of their divorce, TMZ reported that Sonya was the one who filed the paperwork first. She filed for divorce in North Carolina on June 14, citing Dell’s “marital misconduct” as the reason for their untimely separation.
Dell responded with his own accusations after Sonya accused him of “marital misconduct” (via TMZ). Dell filed a court filing in which he claimed Sonya engaged in “acts of illicit sexual misconduct” during their marriage. He also charged her with lying about the alleged crimes.
Between Steph Curry’s parents, accusations are flying both ways.
Dell Curry claims that he should not be required to pay alimony to Sonya because she is currently living with another man in Tennessee. Sonya, on the other hand, stated that she didn’t start dating her new partner until months after her legal separation from Dell. She also stated that she has been living alone because Dell refuses to let her live in their home (via New York Post).
Despite Dell’s attempts to blame Sonya for the divorce, she claims Dell is the one who cheated on her. Dell allegedly had affairs with numerous women during their three-decade marriage, according to Sonya. She also revealed that their family and close friends had been aware of Dell’s infidelity for years and that it is now essentially an open secret.
The 55-year-old stated that she did not initially expose Dell “in one final act of attempting to protect [him] and family from potential public exposure and scrutiny.” She concluded that after her ex publicly accused her of cheating, “she was left with no choice” but to clear her name (via TMZ).
The split is likely to have an impact on the family.
Though none of the Curry children have spoken out about their parents’ impending divorce, the end of this marriage will undoubtedly affect the entire family. Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha Curry have three children, while Dell and Sonya’s son Seth Curry is currently married to Callie Rivers and has one child. Sydel Curry is married to NBA player Damion Lee and expecting her first child, which is an exciting time for the famous Curry family (via Mercury News).
Hopefully, Dell and Sonya can maintain their friendship and continue to share important family moments.
In addition to sharing children, the couple owns and operates the Montessori School in Charlotte, North Carolina. They co-founded the institution in 1994. (via Clutch Points). The school educated all three of the Curry children and has assisted many other students over the years. Sonya stated, “Montessori has been the cornerstone of my family’s education.
I admire Montessori because of the fundamental benefits it provides children: independence, an intrinsic love of learning, responsibility, and respect for oneself and others ” (via PR Newswire). While the Currys are currently going through a difficult divorce, their strong ties to one another and long history should help them get through it. We’ll certainly be rooting for them.